Psychology

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Doctorate

Psychology

The Catholic University of Uruguay has been offering the country’s first Doctorate in Psychology since 2011.

Currently, the School of Psychology has a significant number of national and international Doctors who focus on innovative academic training, prepared for teamwork, and respectful of ethical principles in research.

Why pursue a Doctorate in Psychology at the Catholic University of Uruguay?

Because doctoral training in this discipline implies training a group of high level academicians with solid knowledge of the conceptual and methodological foundation necessary to carry out research relevant to the country and the region.

Because UCU has a strong tradition in innovation in teaching, as well as a great vocation for research. This doctoral program is presented as a new instance for the transmission, creation and dissemination of new knowledge, with a focus on training researchers teachers in excellence.

Because it is necessary to build and adapt the instruments and techniques that are used in our environment in the area of psychology.

Because a doctoral program helps answer the country’s problems by conducting local research of the highest level, with academic excellence and ethical quality.

The program requires a dedication of approximately 10 hours per week. Intensive seminars will be offered by foreign teachers.


Master´s Program


Clinical Psychology (option children and adolescents)

The Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology with a focus on Children and Adolescents systematically trains candidates in theory, technique, practice and research. It aims to update and deepen participants’ knowledge in development, psychopathology, diagnosis, and therapeutic actions within a continuous and supervised individual clinical practice. The supervised practices, which take place at the University Clinic, allow for the use of a one-way mirror and filming resources which greatly enrich supervision and clinical training.

The program also encourages students to create new knowledge in the area of clinical psychology by providing spaces for reflection and search that will be reflected in oral presentations and written assignments, based both on training and participation in conceptual or empirical research.

Degrees awarded:
Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology with a focus on Children and Adolescents


Early Childhood Care > In agreement with the University of Málaga (Spain)

Early childhood care is the focus of professionals involved in the psychoeducational development of children aged between 0 and 6. This set of actions aimed at the child, family and environment must be planned by a team of interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary orientation which responds to the needs of children with developmental disorders or risk of suffering as soon as possible.

These actions aim to optimize child development, reduce the effects of a deficiency, and decrease the development of secondary effects by introducing compensation mechanisms, removing barriers, promoting autonomy and adaptation to their specific needs in the fields of family, school and social life.

Uninterruptedly since 2000, the University of Málaga has been responding to this demand for training through the Master’s Program in Early Childhood Care Dr. Miguel de Linares Pezzi. The Department of Developmental and Educational Psychology in the School of Psychology at the Catholic University of Uruguay presents the Master’s Program in Early Childhood Care as a double degree.
Recognized by the Ministry of Education and Culture in resolution of January 29, 2015 (No. 5836/012).


Educational Psychology

In the last few years, a vast amount of knowledge has been created in psychology and pedagogy, which helps us to understand the processes involved in learning, therefore promoting improvement. These studies specially focus on research and higher education in this area.

Educational psychology and psychopedagogy provide a frame of reference to study participants of educational activities, including the process and the learning situation.

The Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology and the Master’s Degree in Psychopedagogical Intervention are part of the Postgraduate Diploma in Specialization and Diploma in Educational Psychology in their initial section, which was already approved by the Ministry of Education and Culture on August 11, 2003.

Degree awarded: Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology for those with a degree in Psychology.

Master’s Degree in Psychopedagogical Intervention for those who hold a degree in Psychopedagogy, Education, Psychomotor Education and Teacher Training.

The Master’s Program in Educational Psychology or Psychopedagogical Intervention acknowledges the importance of training in educational institutions for practical purposes in the fields of prevention, assistance, promotion, planning, evaluation and research in Educational Psychology and Psychopedagogical Intervention.

This degree was recognized by the Ministry of Education and Culture on December 17, 2009.


Master’s Program in Clinical Psychology (Systemic Family Therapy)

The systemic paradigm offers a constructivist view of reality, in the sense of understanding the social and cultural processes that assign meaning to facts, things and people, as well as the changes that can be implemented from these processes. This gives the opportunity to significantly encompass the therapeutic process thanks to the corrective multiplier effect of the context. Academic and technical efforts are combined to give the family back its central role, sometimes diminished by dysfunctionalities, in the promotion and support to the individuation process of each one of its members.

Degrees awarded:
Master’s Degree in Systemic Familial Clinical Psychology, for Psychologists and Psychiatrists.
Master’s Degree in Systemic Family Psychology (without live supervision), for Sociologists, Social Assistants or other university professionals accepted by the Master’s Committee.


Psychotherapy following Jungian Analytical Psychology

The School of Psychology at UCU presents the first master's program in Jungian psychotherapy and, in this way, responds to the current need for specific professional training in the field of psychotherapy.

Jungian psychotherapy is an approach that has proven to be effective in addressing psychopathological and clinical problems. It is a theoretical-practical framework that also allows the professional to address contemporary problems such as searching for the meaning of life, transcendental dimension, and deep spiritual needs that arise in the individuation process. The contemporary Jungian perspective is characterized by openness to the complexity and diversity of the theoretical-practical contributions of psychology: neuroscience and anthropology.

The Master’s program in Jungian Psychotherapy is an academic program of professional theoretical, technical, and practical training aimed especially at psychologists and psychiatrists interested in their training as psychotherapists. It allows for solid ethical, scientific, and professional training in the acquisition of the necessary competences and abilities in the field of intervention.

The master’s program has Jungian teachers and analysts, members of the Uruguayan Society of Analytical Psychology (SUPA), and affiliated with the International Association for Analytical Psychology (IAAP). In addition, analysts from the Brazilian Society of Analytical Psychology (Brazil) and the Master’s Program in Jungian Analytical Psychology from Adolfo Ibáñez University (Chile) also participate in the project.

Degree awarded: Master’s Degree in Psychotherapy and Counseling in Jungian Psychology



Graduate Programs


Analytical Psychology

The School of Psychology of UCU presents its Graduate Program in Academic Specialization in Analytical Psychology. It thus responds to the noticeable increase in demand, nationally and internationally, for a specialized and in-depth study of the work of Carl Gustav Jung and his most outstanding followers. Analytical Psychology has become one of the basic perspectives of contemporary psychology, through its contributions to culture, clinics and research.

This program is organized by our school with the participation of the Brazilian Society of Analytical Psychology (SBPA-Brazil), the Uruguayan Society of Analytical Psychology (SUPA-Uruguay) and the Analytical Psychology Foundation C.G. Jung (FCGJ-Uruguay). Its teachers, researchers, supervisors, and Jungian analysts are members of the International Association for Analytical Psychology (IAAP-Zurich). This program also aims to contribute, from the scientific perspective, to the development and improvement of research in psycho-sciences, as well as to enable, from the academic perspective, the completion of the Master’s Program in Clinical Psychology, with a focus on Analytical Psychology.

Degree awarded: Postgraduate Degree in Academic Specialization in Analytical Psychology


Clinical Psychology with focus on Cognitive Psychology

The School of Psychology of UCU has been open for over 20 years, based on the theoretical plurality of reflection and application of the discipline. It also has the history of the Lumen Institute and the Institute of Philosophy, Sciences and Letters, in which psychology degree programs first appeared 40 years ago. Graduate courses in the clinical area have been taking place since 1994.

The Graduate Specialization in Clinical Psychology (with a special focus on Cognitive Psychology) is part of the Master’s Program in Clinical Cognitive Psychology, approved by the Ministry of Education and Culture on August 5, 2010. Cognitive psychology is one of the most developed areas regarding its dynamism, both among clinical psychologists and in university studies at an international level.

This represents a vision adopted by our school, implemented in several areas: teacher training, theoretical and practical aspects of the Graduate Program, extracurricular activities of the Degree, and in the Graduate Program.


Child and Adolescent Psychology

The Graduate Program in Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology aims to provide deep and systematic training in theory, technique, practice and research. It aims to update and deepen participants’ knowledge in development, psychopathology, diagnosis, and therapeutic actions within a continuous and supervised individual clinical practice. The supervised practices, which take place at the University Clinic, allow for the use of a one-way mirror and filming resources which greatly enrich supervision and clinical training.

Degree awarded: Specialist in Child and Adolescent Psychology
This academic degree recognizes training for practice in institutions and in the private sector of Prevention and Assistance (Diagnosis and Psychotherapy).


Diabetology

This course, which belongs to the Institute of Welfare and Health, focuses on training specialists in diabetology for their work in the different diabetes services units in the health system. It aims to deepen the knowledge of the disease’s physiopathological and clinical bases to develop better skills in the different levels of care.

The emphasis is placed on educational-preventive approaches in order to train specialists in primary care strategies according to current health policy.

The program develops knowledge in diverse areas, both in the specialized field as well as in other areas that will provide support for the integral care of patients. Diabetes totally and intimately affects how an organism functions, so its management requires a broad knowledge of general medicine and, in complicated varieties, teamwork with other specialists and health professionals.

The Diabetology and Nutrition Society of Uruguay (SDNU) has highlighted the relevance of this program given the increase in people affected by this pathology, a situation that, without prevention and control programs with the necessary training of human resources, will have a negative impact on the health economy and undoubtedly on people’s quality of life.
Degree awarded: Specialist in Diabetology (recognized by the MEC)


Educational Psychology

Educational psychology is currently a specific area of knowledge that develops its own theories, research methods, problems and techniques. Its fundamental objective is to understand the affective, cognitive and behavioral processes of subjects in educational settings as well as of the complex social and cultural problems of educational institutions.

Considering these advances, this course was created to enhance the field of applied educational psychology to improve education. This postgraduate course results from the demand of professionals in the field of education who need to broaden their understanding and knowledge in the area of educational psychology.

This graduate program was recognized by the Ministry of Education and Culture on August 11, 2003.


Integration of Health from the Psychoneuroimmunoendocrinology (PNIE)

The Graduate Program in Health Integration from Psychoneuroimmunoendocrinology (PNIE) aims to be, in its first year, a degree for psychologists, doctors, nutritionists, and other health professionals. The second year is only for doctors and psychologists. It provides training and scientific updating in the psyche-soma-environment relations with contributions from neurosciences and psychoneuroimmunoendocrinology.

The clinical implications of an integral understanding of health and disease processes are considered when dealing with human beings in all their dimensions, both in diagnostic evaluation and in therapeutic strategy. This leads to the development of integrative medicine and psychotherapy as well as an integral approach in other health disciplines.

Medical and psychological practice, as well as daily life observation, allow us to verify how the expression of conflictive psychology occurs along with disorders at an organic level. Likewise, organic pathologies occur with psychic alterations and interpersonal relationships. Psychosomatic unity of the human being demands considering the interaction of biocognitive-psychoemotional-socioecological and spiritual factors in any condition, whether the symptoms be expressed predominantly at the somatic or mental level.

Degree awarded:

In the first year, the Graduate Diploma in Integration in Health from Psychoneuroimmunoendocrinology is awarded.

The second year is only for physicians and psychologists and requires, after its completion, a Final Dissertation in order to receive the Postgraduate Specialization Degree: Integration in Health from Psychoneuroimmunoendocrinology (PNIE).

Academic Point of Contact: Dr. Margarita Dubourdieu (PhD), Master’s in Psychoneuroimmunoendocrinology (PNIE), is the coordinator of the program and is also in charge of the integration of different thematic contents from the PNIE perspective.


Specialization in Systemic and Family Psychology

The School of Psychology of UCU has created, in response to the complexity of family organizations in recent times, a training program for specialists in the area. This training applies a Systemic Paradigm approach, which privileges the context in which psychological problems occur, emphasizing interaction and bonds between people.

The program also promotes contact with various forms of prevention involving family problems. This theoretical framework provides tools for a clear reading and understanding of the interactional phenomena which can be applied to different areas in which family is relevant.

Degree awarded:
Postgraduate Degree in Systemic Psychology and Families
Postgraduate Degree in Family and Systemic Psychology for non-Psychology undergraduates.
This postgraduate course was recognized by the Ministry of Education and Culture on June 16, 2006.


Work and Organizational Psychology

Demand for the presence of a psychologist in various organizations has significantly grown in recent years, both in our country and abroad. Understanding and managing behavior at work is key for an organization in pursuit of goals such as improving competitiveness, achieving employee satisfaction, and promoting work environments that foster well-being and high productivity, among other things.

This program offers specialized training to psychologists interested, first, in knowing and applying the knowledge that they have to the psychology of people in their field of work and, second, in working towards the personal and professional development of collaborators, in any type of organization.

Degree awarded and program duration: Postgraduate Degree in Work and Organizational Psychology (365 hrs.).



Diplomas


Child Psychomotor Therapy

Child Psychomotor Therapy is part of the specific professional practice of a psychomotor education graduate. It is an approach with corporal mediation aimed at children who have problems with their muscle tone, posture, and body movements which hinder motor performance and/or their relationship with the environment. These problems can vary, from classic psychomotor disorders (e.g. motor instability / hyperactivity, psychomotor inhibition, motor clumsiness, difficulties in writing, gnosopraxic difficulties, alterations in the lateralization process) or established developmental disorders (such as ASD, intellectual disability, neuro-motor disorders). Therapeutic psychomotor intervention necessarily involves working with the child’s vital contexts (family and school) and is rooted in an interdisciplinary perspective.

This field of work includes private hospitals (part of the centralized service), public hospitals, private interdisciplinary care centers offering outsourced services to health institutions, and private practices.