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Department of Clinical Psychology

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The Department of Clinical Psychology aims to foster specialists in psychological care by helping students to develop their self-awareness and learn about human relationships. Students can acquire a viewpoint of objective problem analysis based on a solid foundation unaffected by prejudice or transitional trends in research methods. This is achieved through basic experiments and counseling techniques to teach the basic attitudes and moral values necessary in human interaction.

Teaching staff play vital roles in different fields, as seen in the Psychological Clinical Center. They provide students with higher education by passing on awareness of problems and actual situations that they bring directly from real cases to lectures and training sessions.

A variety of practical subjects are offered in the Department of Clinical Psychology. These include Role Playing, Assessment of Intelligence, Development and Characteristics and Art Therapy using dance or sand-play therapy, along with a highly flexible curriculum to deepen understanding of the human heart.

Students gain a qualification to take the psychiatric social worker (PSW) examination on graduation if they earn the prescribed number of credits. They also have a chance to take the internal entrance exam to proceed to study at graduate level. The Department of Clinical Psychology is one of three first-grade designated universities in Hokkaido, and was awarded A-grade (given to only 2 out of 21 universities) after inspection by the Japanese Certification Board for Clinical Psychologist in 2003. And it was also honored with a grade A in 2005 when it applied for the continuance of the inspection by the above.

Features of the Curriculum

School Counseling (2nd year)

Students multilaterally consider the causes of maladjusted behavior such as bullying and truancy using real examples at schools by focusing on psychological and social backgrounds. This course also provides the various viewpoints and flexible attitudes required for instantly making judgments at schools.

Practicum in Clinical Psychology (2nd year)

This course mainly consists of practices regarding psychological therapy and counseling. The aim of the course is not only to provide interview techniques to serve as a basis for clinical psychology but also to cultivate sensitivity as learners of clinical psychology and to deepen the understanding of students themselves.

Psychological Assessment (2nd year)

The main purpose of this course is to deepen understanding of overviews and methods of "psychological assessment" (i.e. an understanding of the human heart). Students can learn the characteristics and ethics of research methods such as interviewing, observation and examination as well as procedures for their use in clinical practice, and how to utilize results and feedback.

Curriculum by Academic Year

Curriculum List / Department of Clinical Psychology

  First year Second year Third year Fourth year Credits to complete
Liberal Arts
Specific liberal arts curriculum At least 48 credits
Specialized Subjects Basic
Basic Clinical Psychology Seminar (2)
General Clinical Psychology Theory A (2)
Psychology Research Methods A (Experiments and Study Methods) (2)
General Clinical Psychology Theory B (2)
Personality Theory (2)
Psychological Assessments (2)
Psychology Research Methods B (Psychological Statistics) (2)
Basic Psychology Experiments (2)
Clinical Psychology Practice I (2)
Clinical Psychology Practice II (2)
Must complete 20 designated credits At least 76 specialized subject credits
Practical Training
  Basic Practical Training in Clinical Psychology (Counseling) (2)   Must complete 2 designated credits
  Applied Practical Training A (Group Work) (2)   Must complete at least 2 credits in electives
  Practical Training in Psychological Assessments (Intelligence, Personality, and Developmental Testing) (2)
Applied Practical Training B (Art Therapy) (2)
Applied Practical Training C (Institutional Experience) (2)
Specialized Subjects Psychotherapy   Psychotherapy A (Exploratory Psychotherapy) (2)
Psychotherapy B (Cognitive Action Therapy) (2)
Developmental Psychology Clinic Developmental Psychology A (2)      
  Developmental Psychology Clinic A (Infants, Children and Youth Clinics) (2)
Developmental Psychology Clinic B (Adults and Elderly Clinic) (2)
Clinical Psychology Research   Cognitive Psychology (2)
Family Psychology (2)
    Ethics and Related Regulations for Psychological Research (2)
Reading Practice A (2)
Reading Practice B (2)
Regional Aid Theory for Clinical Psychology (2)
Social Psychology A (2)
Multi Media Theory (2)
Clinical Psychology Related   School Counseling Theory and Actual Conditions (2)
Educational Psychology A (2)
Criminal Psychology (2)
Educational Methodology (2)
Welfare Theory for the Disabled (2)
Welfare Theory for Children (2)
Welfare Theory for the Aged (2)
  Special Lecture in Clinical Psychology (Clinical Health Psychology) (2)
Judicial Psychology (2)
Physical Psychotherapy (2)
Clinical Rehabilitation (2)
Mental Health Welfare Studies Social Welfare Theory A (2)
Foundation for Mental Health Welfare Counseling Aid (Basics) (2)
Mental Health Welfare Aid Practice (Specialized) (4)
Mental Health Welfare Aid Practical Training Instruction (3)
Mental Health Welfare Aid Practical Training (7)
  Psychiatric Medicine (2)
General Psychiatric Theory (2)
Mental Health Issues and Aid (4)
Foundation for Mental Health Welfare Counseling Aid (Specialized) (2)
Mental Health Welfare Theory and Counseling Aid A (4)
Programs and Services for Mental Health Welfare (4)
Living Support System for People with Mental Impairments (2)
  Mental Health Welfare Theory and Counseling Aid B (4)
Mental Health Welfare Aid Practice (Basics) (2)
    Graduate Thesis (6)
*Curriculum for students enrolling in or after the 2015 academic year
Parenthesises indicate the number of credits


The Department of Clinical Psychology deals with a variety of problems regarding the human heart from the viewpoint of a psychological clinic, and provides basic education toward professional clinical psychologist status by cooperating with the associated fields of psychological clinics. The philosophy is that students learn respect for human beings, contribute to the advancement of Clinical Psychology and therefore develop as individuals who can take responsibility in the community.

Educational Goals

  1. To provide education that stimulates students' interest in the human heart
  2. Emphasises ethical education
  3. Emphasises practical education
  4. The realization of flexible education according to individual interests and needs