PhD of Counseling Psychology

This PhD degree is a distinguished pioneer in preparing professional counselors and supervisors experts who are able to provide specialized counseling and supervisory services of high quality. Key features of the course Preparing professional guides and supervisors who are able to provide specialized advisory and supervisory services by providing educational, learning and training experiences that [...]

This PhD degree is a distinguished pioneer in preparing professional counselors and supervisors experts who are able to provide specialized counseling and supervisory services of high quality.

Key features of the course

  • Preparing professional guides and supervisors who are able to provide specialized advisory and supervisory services by providing educational, learning and training experiences that suit the needs of the local and Arab community.
  • Contribute to the dissemination of modern scientific knowledge about psychological counseling and its fields and applications.
  • Contribute to the development of psychological counseling programs in centers, institutions and schools that provide counseling services in the local, regional and international community.

The first stage - Compulsory courses 84 Credits

Advanced Studies in Scientific Research Methodology

This course includes a general review of research methods and their components, as well as the various research designs that are used in experimental studies conducted in the educational, psychological and social fields, and the definition of the characteristics of these designs, their uses, and the factors threatening their validity. This course deals with the use of well-known statistical software in analyzing educational data, such as: SAS, SPSS, AMOS software, and this course focuses on data entry and organization, using software to examine data, and analyze it using advanced descriptive, inferential and correlational statistical methods such as ANOVA in its various forms, unilateral and factorial. Repeated Measures and ANCOVA. The course also deals with the main correlational designs, such as simple and multiple regression analysis, and path analysis.

Advanced methods in qualitative research

This course aims to teach students how to carry out qualitative research in hypothetical research, and provide them with knowledge about the nature, characteristics, designs and procedures of qualitative research, planning for qualitative research, methods of sampling in qualitative research, methods of collecting information, ways to verify the credibility of qualitative data, methods of analysis, and how Preparing a qualitative research report, focusing on analytical, ethnographic and procedural research.

Guidance and community service

This course aims to develop students’ abilities to solve community problems and contribute to building it, by dealing with community mental health and its components, social aspects of mental health and psychological disorder, social aspects of counseling and psychotherapy, social policy and mental health, environment and mental health problems, environmental resources and mental health Human resources and mental health, the relationship between physical health care systems and mental health care, counseling services for specific communities, such as: adults, the disadvantaged, cases of chronic mental illness, retirees, addicts, the unemployed, family crises, delinquency, disaster victims, and counseling applications Societal: Preventing mental illness, promoting mental health, increasing social support, reducing social pressures, diagnosis and intervention in social situations, providing psychological counseling in the community, developing daily life skills for clients in the community, evaluating social services.

Advanced Studies in Psychological Counseling

This course aims to provide the student with the appropriate opportunity for advanced practical study in the field of psychological and educational counseling by carrying out the following activities: preparing a counseling plan, a case study, individual counseling, group counseling, applying communication skills (listening and influencing skills and responses), and preparing and designing counseling programs and brochures. At the end of the training, the student is asked to prepare a final report documenting all the activities and events that were carried out. Students are trained in specialized centers, reform and rehabilitation centers, psychological treatment centers, addiction treatment centers, juvenile centers, public and private schools, and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Refugees, which have counseling services and an educational guide.

Mental disorders and their diagnosis

This course aims to identify the diagnostic methods used in psychological counseling, such as the diagnostic interview, standards and tests that can be employed in the counseling process, and in various areas of life such as the family, school, and the workplace. The accredited (DSM-5), how to diagnose through it, and learn about recent trends in addressing and treating these disorders. The course also provides the student with the opportunity for practical training to study and treat a case that represents one of the common mental disorders.

Supervision in psychological counseling and its applications

This course aims to provide the student with information and training about the functions of supervision in the administrative, supportive and educational guidance process, and models of guidance supervision, which include the skills development model, the personal growth model, the integrative model, the cognitive-behavioral model, the stages of the supervision process, the application of the supervision process, methods of training counselors, and the development of work programs Extension, measuring the effectiveness of the extension program, ethical and legal issues in counseling, training and applications in field supervision.

Group counseling

This course deals with the formation and organization of the guiding group and the stages it passes through, the foundations upon which the collective counseling is based, the general rules for selecting counselors in the collective counseling, the dynamics of the group, and the models and strategies of the collective counseling emanating from the well-known theoretical foundations such as analytical, behavioral, cognitive, humanitarian, Gestalt, and collective session management , dealing with some group problems, and different types of mentors that a mentor may encounter within the group. The practical aspect of this course includes helping students to build and develop collective counseling programs that target different counseling groups.

Optional courses 24 Credits

Career counseling

This course aims to study the factors associated with sound professional choice, emphasizing the process of professional growth and its impact on the individual’s lifestyle and personality, the process of professional decision-making, in addition to the various theories of growth and professional choice. The course addresses evaluation strategies in vocational guidance, in addition to the reality of vocational guidance locally. Globally, the practical side of this course includes training students to use and apply various professional tendencies and tendencies tests, such as the Kudu test, the Super test, Holland test, and other professional tests. professional and applied in practice.

Planning and managing school counseling programs

This course aims to provide the student with planning skills for an applied program in psychological and educational counseling that serves the school or educational institution, identifying methods of preparing school counseling programs, adopting a method and preparing an individual or collective program based on a theoretical framework, and the student implements the program under the supervision and conduct of the course professor, The student submits a detailed research paper on the project he planned and implemented, and discusses with his teacher.

Instructions for special groups

This course aims to train students to provide counseling services, create programs for special groups, and design measures to enumerate them, such as juveniles and delinquents, prisoners, cases of abuse and the elderly, cases of rape and death, cases of child abuse (sexual, psychological, and physical abuse), working women, and children of divorced women. Gifted and creative people, the unemployed, prisoners and liberated captives, guiding victims and their families, knowing the conditions of each of these groups separately, their needs and problems, methods of evaluating and solving them, and the skills necessary to deal with them, and providing advisory services to the individuals surrounding them.

Counseling theories in marriage and the family and its applications

This course aims to address the most prominent theories and strategies used in marital and family counseling, the future of marital and family counseling, its practical applications, identifying family needs, and problems of spouses and the family in general. Family and marital counseling and how to solve it through the practical application of the different strategies used in marital and family counseling. The student develops a guiding plan for a family or marital problem, which is presented to the students and discussed with the course professor.

Crisis counseling

This course aims to employ counseling theories in dealing with crises, and introduce students to the concept of the counseling process and strategies for using it to deal with crises. Applied to crises (divorce, death, chronic illness, suicide, etc.).

Tests and Standards in Guidance

This course aims to identify the origin and design of psychological tests and measures, and to know the types of tests used in psychological counseling, such as: IQ tests (verbal and non-verbal), and personality tests: (such as: the multifaceted Minnesota, the Rorschach, understanding the subject, the story test, .... etc.) ), and measures of tendencies, attitudes and values, such as: (Couder, Likert and Thurston), and various other tests, such as: anxiety, training students on how to prepare, develop and design standards, use honesty and reliability, and apply, correct and interpret standards.

The second stage - Practical Training 54 Credits

PhD practical training

The student is assigned two hypothetical courses that the college chooses from among the courses that the student has studied at the undergraduate level, and this is considered a practical training for the student to be evaluated for eighteen credit hours. The student must divide each course from twelve to fourteen brief lectures. The student presents each lecture in the form of a written summary of its topic in Word or PDF format, accompanied by a video recording of it in the student’s voice using Power Point, the duration of which is no less than ten minutes and not more than About twenty minutes.

The thrid stage - PhD Thesis 108 Credits

PhD Thesis

The student must pass the stipulated courses with a score of at least 70%.

● The student submits a request to the administration to register the thesis, along with a proposed topic in one of the subspecialty tracks.

● If the initial approval of the subject title is achieved, the college council will designate a supervisor to guide and follow up the student in preparing the plan.

● The research plan includes the importance of the topic and a critical presentation of previous studies in it, specifically the research problem, then defining the study's curriculum and its main hypotheses or questions that you want to answer, and the division of the study and its sources.

● The student presents his proposed plan in a scientific seminar, discussing the plan as a topic and an approach.

● The student adjusts his plan based on the professors' observations in the seminar if he is asked to amend.

● After the seminar, the plan is presented to the college council to take its decision regarding the registration of the subject.

● In the event of approval, the college council’s decision is presented to the college council to approve the registration, and the registration date is calculated from the date of the college council’s approval.

Discussion and awarding of degrees

● The minimum for preparing the thesis is one year and nine months starting from the date of approval by the College Council to register the topic, and the maximum is four years that can be extended for an exceptional fifth year on the recommendation of the supervisor and approval of the College Council, provided that the total period of student enrollment in the degree does not exceed six years.

● The supervisor submits a semi-annual report that includes what has been accomplished, and what is required in the remaining period.

● After the student completes the thesis and the supervisor reviews it, the supervisor submits to the college administration a report stating its validity for discussion, including an assessment of the student’s performance during the preparation period of the thesis of 140 degrees, with a full copy of the thesis signed by him, and a letter with the names of the discussion and judgment committee proposed by the professors of the specialty, for presentation to the college Council.

● At least fifteen days must pass before the student's discussion from the date of the approval of the discussion committee by the college.

● The validity period of the committee formed to discuss the thesis is six months, which may be renewed for a similar period based on a report from the supervisor and the approval of the College Council.

● Each member of the committee writes a detailed scientific report on the validity of the thesis for discussion, and evaluates the thesis out of 420 degrees, and the average of the three degrees is taken.

The student may not be discussed unless he/she gets at least 70% of the supervisor’s evaluation of his performance and the committee members’ evaluation of the thesis in the individual reports.

● A group report is submitted after the discussion, signed by all members of the committee, in which an evaluation of the thesis discussion is given out of 140 degrees.

To study a PhD degree at ISC, applicants must have a master’s degree from an accredited university. At ISC, we offer high quality postgraduate programmes for anyone who desires to achieve their academic and research ambitions.
ISC provides a study commensurate with the student's capabilities, especially in line with the time allotted daily for study, given that the master's student has practical and social responsibilities. We expect fully taught students to be able to obtain their Ph.D. degree within three academic years. We expect students who are partially studying to be able to earn their Ph.D. within 4-6 years of study.
The academic year is divided into four semesters. In each semester, the student is allowed to register a maximum of two research courses and one minimum course with a maximum of 24 credit hours and a minimum of 12 credit hours. Classes are distributed as follows: • The first semester begins at the beginning of the third week of October and ends at the end of the third week of December. • The second semester begins at the beginning of the first week of January and ends at the end of the first week of March. • The third semester begins at the beginning of the second week of March and ends at the end of the second week of May. • The fourth semester begins at the beginning of the fourth week of May and ends at the end of the fourth week of July. • Summer vacation begins at the beginning of August and continues for the third week of October. • After the end of each semester, a two-week vacation is scheduled between semesters.
The tuition fee is £75 per credit hour, • Students are allowed to register a maximum of 24 credit hours each semester and 12 credit hours as a minimum. • The student pays a one-time enrollment fee of 200 pounds when registering with the ISC • The student pays 100 sterling pounds per semester as the registration fee for study subjects. • The iddat hour = four actual hours.
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