The Department of Clinical Psychology offer services for those in need of professional psychological help across the life span – from childhood to old age. The major areas of services include assessments, diagnostic services and psychotherapies.
A deficiency in intelligence can be a major reason for poor performance at school, or other activities of daily life. Using standardized procedures, we assess the intellectual ability of the person and try to understand the level at which he or she is functioning.
This service helps to identify personality traits underlying various psychiatric conditions and personality disorders.
This service aids in the diagnosis as well as the severity of an underlying psychiatric disorders using standardized diagnostic materials such as Rorschach Inkblot Test, Thematic Apperception Test, Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory and rating scales.
This service primarily aims at understanding the various functions of the brain by a detailed assessment using standardized neuropsychological tests. It is useful in planning intervention and rehabilitation strategies and tracking improvements in functioning.
Therapeutic services aim at addressing and improving the psychological health of persons through interventions that supplement but do not use medications.
Relaxation techniques help a person to relax; to attain a state of increased calmness and reduce levels of anxiety, stress or anger. Relaxation techniques can decrease muscle tension, lower the blood pressure and slow heart and breath rates, among other health benefits.
Behavioral treatment approaches are focused on treating maladaptive behaviors. The therapeutic approach assumes that both normal and maladaptive behaviors are learned and that appropriate therapy will help a person learn new adaptive behavior and 'unlearn' maladaptive behavior.
Cognitive behavioral approaches focus on changing the faulty cognitions (thinking processes) of people about themselves and other people to more accurate perceptions.
Family and Marital services focus on the family or the couple as a single integral unit to which each member contributes significantly. In family and couple therapy, the entire family or both members of a couple are treated simultaneously - not just the person identified as having the "problem". The therapy also focuses on enhancing adjustment between the couple and other members of the family unit.
A wide variety of developmental (autism, mental retardation), behavioral (hyperactivity, conduct disorders), and emotional challenges (depression, anxiety, stress related rage) of children and adolescents are assessed and treated by using behavioral, cognitive behavioral and psychodynamic methods.
Group Psychotherapy is a therapy in which a group is guided by a trained therapist to help each member of the group effect changes. Several technical maneuvers and theoretical constructs are used by the therapist to optimally utilize the group members’ interactions to make that change.
The Department of Clinical Psychology, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences observed World Mental Health Day on October 10, 2019. In connection to the event, the department organised a poster competition and exhibition. The theme for this year is ‘Suicide Prevention’ with the aim of
The poster exhibition was on key themes on suicide prevention, risks and protective factors, help seeking and mental health-based services available in the community, contributed by students from campus and outside spreading the message of mental health and well-being. Mr. Madhu Bhaskaran, renowned motivational speaker, was the guest of honour. The MPhil Clinical Psychology trainees performed a mime in connection to the theme.