Taylor’s University has officially launched its new postgraduate Master of Clinical Psychology Programme on the 24th of July 2021. The programme was designed in mind to bridge the gaps between increased mental health issues and lack of mental health workforce in the country and also to improve on the current state of clinical psychology trainings provided for the future of the nation. Taylor’s University is truly honoured to have Yang Amat Mulia Tengku Puteri Raja Tengku Puteri Iman Afzan binti Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al Mustafa Billah Shah, International Patron of World Mental Health Day to grace the launch of the programme.
"There is a huge shortage of clinical psychologists in our country to serve individuals with psychological illnesses. There is also an uneven distribution of clinical psychologists with more in the urban-based private sector, which has resulted in a treatment gap. The inclusion of the Master of Clinical Psychology at Taylor’s University is simply a boost to Malaysia’s standards on mental healthcare..." said Tengku Puteri Raja Iman Afzan in her speech. "Financial scholarships for potential students can be provided by Green Ribbon Group for future students, hopefully..." added Tengku Puteri Raja Iman Afzan.
In addition, Prof. Dr. Pradeep Nair, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor & Chief Academic Officer shared that Master of Clinical Psychology programme aims to nurture Psychology graduates that are just as passionate to pursue a specialized profession and committed to improving the well-being of individuals with psychological disorders. He stated that the two-year programme produces competent clinical psychologists in the areas of diagnosis, psychological assessment, psychotherapy, intervention, clinical research, and preventions of mental health issues. The programme looks to provide its students a well-rounded learning experience during classes as well as the internal and external clinical practicum.
This event was attended by Prof. Dr. Neethiahnanthan Ari Ragavan, Executive Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences and Leisure Management; Assoc. Prof. Dr. Anindita Dasgupta, Head of School, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Puan Hajah Farina Binti Zulkernain, Director, Allied Health Sciences Division, Ministry of Health, Malaysia; Prof. Dato’ Dr. Andrew Mohanraj, President, Malaysian Mental Health Association (MMHA); Prof. Dr. Rahmattullah Khan bin Abdul Wahab Khan K. M. N., Member, Representing Clinical Psychologists and Malaysian Allied Health Profession Council (MAHPC); Assoc. Prof. Dr. Wan Sharazad Binti Wan Sulaiman, President, Malaysian Psychological Association; Ms. Marsya Shamshul Bahari, Executive, Green Ribbon Group; Dr. Lim Hooi Shan, Programme Director, Master of Clinical Psychology; Programme Development Committee members, external expert and reviewers, Memorandum of Agreement partners, Adjunct and Visiting Lecturers for the programme, top leaders and practitioners in Clinical Psychology, as well as students.