The Clinical Psychology department at the Central Institute of
Psychiatry was established in 1948 and is the oldest independent department of
Clinical Psychology in India.
Over a period of years the department has gained excellence in the field of
teaching, training, research and clinical services.
the department was involved in the patient care only; however, later in the
year 1962 a teaching course in Clinical Psychology was also started. The course
was known as Diploma in Medical and Social Psychology (now known as M.Phil in
Medical and Social Psychology). In 1972 Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology was
started. At present, each year, 12 M.Phil and 4 Ph.D. seats are filled through
an open national level entrance examination. Our faculty includes 1 associate
professor, 1 assistant professor, 1 clinical psychologist, 2 assistant
psychologists and 1 lab assistant.
department provides non-pharmacological management for the patients of wide
ranging psychiatric problems with the help of psychotherapy, counseling, group
meetings, psycho-education, psycho-diagnostic testing, intelligence testing and
so forth. Apart from the patients coming to the hospital, the department is
also involved in providing services at various extension clinics as well as
schools. There is a separate out-patient unit of the department. The
out-patient unit either gets referral from the general OPD of the hospital or
people can directly come and seek help for their psychological problems. The
psychosocial OPD, as it is called, Caters the needs of those patients who
suffer from minor psychological problems and who can be below exclusively by
psychological methods viz counseling, behaviour therapy or biofeedback or
relaxation therapy. Recently we have started an extension clinic for the army
in Deepatoli Cantt where the complete team of mental health professionals
visits weekly to offer their services to the families of the army personnel.
clinical psychology lab was established for the first time in India in 1949. It has various
psychological tests, rating scales, instruments and apparatus which aid in the
management of the patients. The lab has these tests designed for use with both
children as well as adult population. There are in total 13 equipments and
apparatuses, 43 tests for the assessment of cognitive functions, 19 tests for
the assessment of personality which includes projective and objective tests and
there are 44 various scales. These tests are for use with both child-hood as
well as adult population. There are also 66 new tests which the lab has
acquired which assess various domains of personality and cognition. We also
have very sophisticated biofeedback machine which is used for intervention
from management of the patients, the department holds weekly academic exercises
in the form of departmental seminars and psychotherapy meetings. Further,
regular classes are taken for M.Phil and Ph.D. students as well as for the
students of other disciplines such as Psychiatry, Psychiatric Social Work and
is an integral part of the department. Faculty members and the students of the
department are involved in research activities on a regular basis. Major focus
of the current research is psychological assessment, cognitive neurosciences
and psychotherapy. Research papers have been published in various international
and national journals.
department is growing every year and is contributing significantly to the field
of mental health.