Specific requirements for profession - Professional higher education study programme “practical psychology”:...


Specific requirements for profession IHSPP (SPPA) courses of the programme

Maintain contact with clients

Principles of psychological counseling, Communication psychology, Principles of self-presentation, Practical training

During the interview identify client's requirements
^ Principles Specific requirements for profession - Professional higher education study programme “practical psychology”:... of psychological counseling,
Practical training

Choose appropriate psychological research methods up to the research requirements for clients

Methods psychological research and evaluation, Personality research methods, Group research methods, Research methods for organisations, Practical training

Conduct psychological Specific requirements for profession - Professional higher education study programme “practical psychology”:... research/ evaluation of client



Talk over and explain psychological information to clients in words of one syllable


Principles of psychological counseling, Practical work with family, Communication psychology, Practical training


Evaluate your Specific requirements for profession - Professional higher education study programme “practical psychology”:... professional competence in conducting specific tasks

Ethics of psychologist and professional activity
^ Supervisor monitoring:
Choose appropriate psychological research methods up to the client solution to the problem Principles of psychological counseling,
Practical training
Carry Specific requirements for profession - Professional higher education study programme “practical psychology”:... out psychological counselling for clients Principles of psychological counseling,
Practical training
^ Evaluate results of psychological counseling
Provide client’s psychological rehabilitation care Practical training
Give reasons for preference of psychological research methods Specific requirements for profession - Professional higher education study programme “practical psychology”:..., counselling, and rehabilitation care ^ Principles of psychological counseling,
Methods psychological research and evaluation, Personality research methods

Practical training

Draw up client’s adaptation programme or development programme in collaboration with other specialists and implement Specific requirements for profession - Professional higher education study programme “practical psychology”:... plan
^ Practical training

Evaluate client’s psychological changes

Principles of psychological counseling,
Practical training



6.2.3. Table 13 Compliance of the study programme of IHSPP (SPPA) to the list of theoretical knowledge of Profession Standard of psychologist assistant Specific requirements for profession - Professional higher education study programme “practical psychology”:... (including) the Profession Standard)



Theoretical knowledge

Study courses of the IHSPP (SPPA) programme

Fields of psychology and sphere of professional activity

Social psychology, Developmental psychology, Principles of development of sociopsychological projects, Psychology of retarded children Specific requirements for profession - Professional higher education study programme “practical psychology”:..., Deviant behaviour psychology, Psychology of sexuality and sexual relations, Profession choice, Advertising psychology, Visual communication, etc.

Methodology of qualitative and quantitative research and methods in Psychology

Methodology of scientific researches, Methods of psychological research Specific requirements for profession - Professional higher education study programme “practical psychology”:... and evaluation, Mathematical statistics

Statistical data processing and methods of analysis

Mathematical statistics

Biological principles of psyche

Anatomy and physiology

General psychology

General psychology

History of psychology

History of psychology

Ethics for psychologist

Ethics for psychologist and professional Specific requirements for profession - Professional higher education study programme “practical psychology”:... activity

Cognitive psychology

Cognitive psychological processes

Neuropsychology

Principles of neuropsychology

Developmental psychology

Developmental psychology

Social psychology

Social psychology

Personality psychology

Personality psychology

differential psychology

Principles of differential psychology

Pedagogical/educational psychology

Pedagogical psychology

Organisation psychology

Specificity of psychologist work in organisation

Labour psychology

Labour psychology

Clinical psychology / Patopsychology

Clinical psychology Specific requirements for profession - Professional higher education study programme “practical psychology”:..., Introduction to psychiatry

Health psychology

Health psychology

Psychology of family

Practical work with family

Psychological counseling

Principles of psychological counseling

Psychometrics

Psychometrics

Methods of psychological research and evaluation,

Experimental method in psychology, Experimental social psychology, Methods of psychological research and evaluation Specific requirements for profession - Professional higher education study programme “practical psychology”:..., Personality research methods, Group research methods, Research methods for organisations

Development of scientific paperworks

Methodology of scientific researches

Foreign language

Foreign language

Principles of philosophy

Philosophy




(The Profession Standards can be seen in Appendix Nr. 3).


6.2.4. Employer questionnaire about the employment of graduates for the next six years Specific requirements for profession - Professional higher education study programme “practical psychology”:....

In order to form a judgement about level of professional competence of graduates, employers of graduates of the IHSPP (SPPA) are questioned every academic year. In 2009 14 institutions and organizations took part in Specific requirements for profession - Professional higher education study programme “practical psychology”:... the questionnaire: the State Inspectorate for Protection of Children's Rights, general education schools, special schools, rehabilitation centres, social organizations („Mārtiņa fonds”), the State Employment Service, etc.

Employers admit that the Specific requirements for profession - Professional higher education study programme “practical psychology”:... level of professional and academic background of graduates of the IHSPP (SPPA) is high, estimating such personality traits as a high sense of responsibility, a creative approach to work Specific requirements for profession - Professional higher education study programme “practical psychology”:..., efficiency, empathy, good communication skills, abilities to work effectively both in groups and individually with clients.

The majority of employers (89%) evaluate professional skills and knowledge of psychologists of the IHSPP (SPPA) as excellent, 11% as Specific requirements for profession - Professional higher education study programme “practical psychology”:... good.

Employers advise students during the period of academic activities to pay great attention to pedagogical courses, because working in schools they can face not only psychological questions but especially pedagogical Specific requirements for profession - Professional higher education study programme “practical psychology”:....

Analysing employer questionnaires it can be seen that graduates of the IHSPP (SPPA) are motivated, they adapt at the working place very fast, apply various forms of activities such as counseling, diagnostic, training, corrective Specific requirements for profession - Professional higher education study programme “practical psychology”:... development, etc.

Employers emphasise that graduates of the IHSPP (SPPA) are ready to solve professional tasks when they start their job, moreover, in the course of the work they progress in their Specific requirements for profession - Professional higher education study programme “practical psychology”:... professional development through postgraduate of study with Master-degree, attending courses, seminars, taking part in conferences.

References for students are available at the office of IHSPP (SPPA).


^ 7. Bachelor’s students:

7.1. The Specific requirements for profession - Professional higher education study programme “practical psychology”:... total number of the Bachelor’s students:

The total number of the Bachelor’s students in the programme is 184.

7.2. The number of first year Bachelor’s students matriculated for the study programme.

The Specific requirements for profession - Professional higher education study programme “practical psychology”:... number of first year Bachelor’s students matriculated for the study programme (academic year 2008/2009) was 68.

^ 7.3. The total number of the Bachelor’s graduates.

During the academic year 2007- up to now, there are Specific requirements for profession - Professional higher education study programme “practical psychology”:... 135 graduates.



7.4. Bachelor’s student questionnaires and their analysis.

Information on students’ point of view is regularly obtained, students are questioned at the end of every semester. Students express their point of view Specific requirements for profession - Professional higher education study programme “practical psychology”:... about the study process in general, psychological climate, aspects of study and organizing work, study programmes, quality of offered courses, out of school activities, as well as students suggest ways to improve Specific requirements for profession - Professional higher education study programme “practical psychology”:... the study process of the IHSPP (SPPA).

The questions of the questionnaires are formulated in a way that students not only express their point of view, but explain their opinion, because this Specific requirements for profession - Professional higher education study programme “practical psychology”:... makes it possible to know the reasons that open up possibilities for improving the study process, applying necessary corrections.

The results of the questionnaire carried out in 2009 where students could present Specific requirements for profession - Professional higher education study programme “practical psychology”:... their opinion about their perspectives on the job market after graduation showed that they were sure that they would have a job: 74% of the respondents estimated their perspectives as very Specific requirements for profession - Professional higher education study programme “practical psychology”:... good, because a psychologist is a marketable profession, there is a problem in the society and after financial crisis a lot of people will require psychological aid, the high school prepare for practical activities very Specific requirements for profession - Professional higher education study programme “practical psychology”:... well and lecturers are experienced specialists. 24% of the students estimated them as good enough and just 2% of the respondents estimated their perspectives on the job market as satisfactory.

42% of the respondents are Specific requirements for profession - Professional higher education study programme “practical psychology”:... satisfied with the content of the programme, pointing out that offered courses prepare students with the theoretical and practical basis, 53% of the students are satisfied with the study process, because there is Specific requirements for profession - Professional higher education study programme “practical psychology”:... a huge amount of subjects, to get a profession it is necessary to study individually, to read the latest information on psychology. Some students (5%) are partially satisfied with the Specific requirements for profession - Professional higher education study programme “practical psychology”:... content of the programme, especially pointing out that they wish to have more guest lecturers, as well as to get study materials in electronical way. In general, the students admit that this study programme prepare Specific requirements for profession - Professional higher education study programme “practical psychology”:... well for psychology field.

Students have highly evaluated the quality of lecturers, pointing out, that lecturers are experienced and want students to be the same, lecturers teach students a lot of Specific requirements for profession - Professional higher education study programme “practical psychology”:... practical skills, situations have been analysed, examples have been mentioned, some lecturers enamour by their fantastic attitude to work, there is a great professional contribution of lecturers, lectures are very Specific requirements for profession - Professional higher education study programme “practical psychology”:... interesting and professional.

There were questions about forms of work applied to the study process, students admit the efficiency of group works and seminars (78%), because these educational forms succeed increase of communication skills, active Specific requirements for profession - Professional higher education study programme “practical psychology”:... listening skills, they have got new experience, they have been involved in self-deepening and deepening consciousness, as well as in practical and project works (63%), because it is possible to improve practical skills Specific requirements for profession - Professional higher education study programme “practical psychology”:..., to structure work, there is an opportunity for creative self-realization, for developing professional experience. To find more optimal methods of teaching that will prepare students for their future profession in Specific requirements for profession - Professional higher education study programme “practical psychology”:... the most effective way, each semester both administrative personnel and lecturers analyse forms of work, taking into account students' point of view.

At the end of every academic year, students carry out a Specific requirements for profession - Professional higher education study programme “practical psychology”:... short self-analysis, realizing what they have developed and have improved for themselves during the study process. Students often mention such skills as empathy, skills to analyse, self-confidence, objectifying attitude Specific requirements for profession - Professional higher education study programme “practical psychology”:..., organisational skills, skills and ability to understand themselves better, their problems, skills to structure and to concretise.

The majority of the students (94%) are satisfied with chosen specialist field and chosen Specific requirements for profession - Professional higher education study programme “practical psychology”:... educational institution, pointing out a good practical programme, the professionalism of lecturers, a strong theoretical base, a suitable timetable arrangement, flexibility, interesting and useful practical works, high levels of theoretical and practical training.


^ 7.5. Bachelor Specific requirements for profession - Professional higher education study programme “practical psychology”:...’s graduate questionnaires and their analysis.

28 graduates who had graduated from the high school from 2007 to 2008 took part in this questionnaire. The results of the questionnaire show that 96% of the graduates work Specific requirements for profession - Professional higher education study programme “practical psychology”:... according to their speciality under the supervision of professional psychologists: 38% of the respondents are psychologists in private practices, 32% of the graduates are school psychologists, some graduates are hotline consultants, some of them work Specific requirements for profession - Professional higher education study programme “practical psychology”:... in state employment agencies, health care institutions, various organizations as psychologist consultants, staff selection specialists. Graduates found jobs quickly - immediately or within 1-2 months of their graduation.

The most applicable forms Specific requirements for profession - Professional higher education study programme “practical psychology”:... of work of graduates are individual consultations, diagnostics, organising and carrying out social-psychological trainings, carrying out group works (professional orientation, adaptation, time management, etc.) educational activities. Graduates organise their work on Specific requirements for profession - Professional higher education study programme “practical psychology”:... their own or adjust it to the specific features of their work place and conditions of employer.

When they started working, they faced various difficulties such as choosing forms of work, because work process Specific requirements for profession - Professional higher education study programme “practical psychology”:... is connected with people of various age groups, but those who started their private practice faced difficulties in finding office space to rent and their clients, but owing to Specific requirements for profession - Professional higher education study programme “practical psychology”:... their professional preparation, initial difficulties had been solved.

Graduates go on to further study to improve their qualifications by continuing their education in master's degree programs (18 people), attending courses and seminars related to their Specific requirements for profession - Professional higher education study programme “practical psychology”:... professional specificity, reading professional literature, attending supervisions and individual counseling.

Graduates mention that studying at the IHSPP (SPPA) helped them to become independent, self-confident, empathic, introspective, self-motivated Specific requirements for profession - Professional higher education study programme “practical psychology”:..., to find creative approaches, to develop organizational and self-presentational skills.

Graduates emphasise that the study process encouraged exactly their personality development, graduates highlight that individual counseling, introspection under the supervision of Specific requirements for profession - Professional higher education study programme “practical psychology”:... professional psychologists, professional practice, discussions with lecturers helped them in their development very much.


^ 7.6. Students' participation in the improvement of the study process.

The administrators of the department pay a great deal of attention Specific requirements for profession - Professional higher education study programme “practical psychology”:... to student involvement in the study process.

There is a student representation in every structure and it is responsible for management of the study process: in the Constitution Meeting, Senate Specific requirements for profession - Professional higher education study programme “practical psychology”:..., Faculty Council, Student Council – students represent the faculty in the commission about study crediting.

In the beginning of every term, informative meetings take place, during these meetings students get information about the study content and Specific requirements for profession - Professional higher education study programme “practical psychology”:... specifics in the actual period, about topical questions of the research project work and practice.

Monthly meetings with students are organised according to schedule.


^ 8. Evaluation of the academic staff Specific requirements for profession - Professional higher education study programme “practical psychology”:... of IHSPP (SPPA):

8.1. The number of the academic staff, pointing out the number of academic positions and the number of Doctor’s degree or Master’s degree:

The study programme of IHSPP (SPPA Specific requirements for profession - Professional higher education study programme “practical psychology”:...) is implemented by 35 lecturers:

18 (51.4 %) lecturers out of 35 are the elected academic staff:

The study programme of IHSPP (SPPA) is implemented by 12 (34.3%) Doctors, 20 Masters.

5 certified psychologists and 3 certified psycho-therapists are involved Specific requirements for profession - Professional higher education study programme “practical psychology”:... in the study programme.


8.2. Compliance of qualifications of the academic staff to implementation of the goals and objectives of structural units (project management, directions of researches, and their results), underlining that there are at least Specific requirements for profession - Professional higher education study programme “practical psychology”:... 50% of the elected academic staff work in the higher education study programme, not including the elective part of the programme, practice, implementation of final and state examination.

The level of professional qualification Specific requirements for profession - Professional higher education study programme “practical psychology”:... and competence of the lecturers satisfies the goals and objectives of the faculty: during the last six years, there have been 8 lectures out of 35 lecturers involved in Latvian scientific projects Specific requirements for profession - Professional higher education study programme “practical psychology”:..., 18 lecturers have prepared materials for publications in Latvian or foreign publishing houses, 7 lecturers have been carrying out research work within the framework of preparation of doctorate, and 4 lecturers have been involved in getting their Specific requirements for profession - Professional higher education study programme “practical psychology”:... doctorate.

All lecturers organise project or research works of their students within the framework of their courses.

17 lecturers out of 18 elected lecturers offer courses on the professional specialisation field and basic Specific requirements for profession - Professional higher education study programme “practical psychology”:... theoretical courses.

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