Psychology has maintained its immense popularity in Polish universities for many years now. If everything goes according to plan, from the next academic year, students will also explore this discipline at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Warmia and Mazury. Prof. Jerzy Przyborowski, Vice-Rector for Development of Education and Student Affairs,emphasises that UWM stands a great chance of launching the new studies.
‘Our work on devising the curriculum has reached a very advanced stage. The course will have a practical focus. In my opinion, we’ll be fully prepared to launch studies in Psychology in the academic year 2020/21’, says prof. Przyborowski.
Dr hab. Joanna Ostrouch-Kamińska, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, also spoke in positive terms about the plans to set up a new course.
‘Launching these studies has been our dream for years. Prof. Beata Krzywosz-Rynkiewicz, Head of the Department of Developmental Psychology and Education,decided we were ready to take on this task. Since we are determined to provide our students with knowledge firmly grounded in the realities of the job market, we have joined forces with many centres and facilities. We hope that Psychology will be an important addition to the educational offer of the Faculty of Social Sciences and the entire University, as we plan to run some classes in cooperation with other faculties’, adds prof. J. Ostrouch-Kamińska.
Studies with a European certificate
The new studies are coordinated by Dr Habil. Beata Krzywosz-Rynkiewicz, prof. UWM, who has also joined the team devising the curriculum. The main goal and ambition is to prepare a programme that meets educational standards established by the European Federation of Psychologists’ Associations (EFPA) and receive the EuroPsy certificate confirming this compliance before the beginning of classes. Since prof. Krzywosz-Rynkiewicz chairs the Polish National Awarding Committee for EuroPsy, her knowledge of the European expectations and standards in training future psychologists may prove valuable in drawing up the documentation.
‘In training psychologists, compliance with European standards is the key. I am intent on adapting our curriculum accordingly so that our graduates can hold European-level qualifications for practising their profession. It will help them in the job market both in Poland and abroad’, observes prof. Beata Krzywosz-Rynkiewicz.
Studies in Psychology will take five years to complete. They have been planned as a uniform master-level course with a practical focus. In the first year, the admission limit is set at 60 students.
Classes with practitioners
The first three years will give students a solid grounding in psychology as a discipline of science. The curriculum will then include specialisation subjects. The course will cover elements of the psychology of emotions and personality, a set of skills for mental disorder and personality diagnostics. Students will participate in classes in psychotherapy or in diagnosing learning abilities. Classes with practitioners will commence in the second year.
‘More often than not, those practitioners have been working in this profession for many years, have completed a multitude of workshops and trainings, and are now ready to share their expertise with young psychologists just entering the job market’, adds prof. Krzywosz-Rynkiewicz.
Psychology graduates will not have to worry about finding a job. Educated psychologists are in demand. In addition, the curriculum offers two specialisations.
‘We planned a specialisation in Clinical and Health Psychology and another one in School and Educational Psychology. These are the two programmes we wish to launch. Each will accommodate approximately 30 students’, says prof. Krzywosz-Rynkiewicz.
The curriculum includes also a wide array of optional classes in topics such as correctional psychology, criminology, the psychology of terrorism, the psychology of eating disorders and working with troubled youth.