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HIGHER SCHOOL OF PSYCHOLOGY

PROFESSIONAL BACHELOR

STUDY PROGRAMME

PSYCHOLOGY”

(CODE 42310)

SELF-EVALUATION REPORT AND ACCREDITATION MATERIALS

RIga

2008

To higher education department of

the Ministry of Education and Science of

the Republic of Latvia

Application

for study programme accreditation

The title of the higher education establishment

Higher School of Psychology

The legal address of the higher education establishment and telephone number

Lomonosova 4, Riga, Latvia, LV-1019, telephone+37167100608, fax +37167100219, e-mail: psa@psy.lv, home page: www.psy.lv

The registration number of the higher education establishment

Reg.No.40003261174

The title of the study programme

The professional bachelor study programme “Psychology”

The code of the study programme

42310

The duration of implementation of study programme and its volume

Full time 4 years (8 semester) 160 credit points

part time 4 years 5 months (9 semester) 160 credit points

Requirements for the commencement of studies

Secondary general education

Qualification and degree to be obtained

Professional bachelor's degree in psychology and the 5th level professional qualification “Psychologist's assistant”

Location and form of the study programme implementation

Higher School of Psychology, Riga;

PHS Daugavpils subsidiary, Dzelzceļa street 3, LV-5403;

PHS Liepaja branch, Liedaga street 3, LV-3401

PHS Jekabpils branch, Mezha street 9, LV-5201;

PHS Jelgavas branch, Ozolnieki, Skolas street 4b. LV-3018

Person responsible for the licensing

The director of the study programme, dr.psych. L.Kaļiņņikova

The PHS rector Ž.Caurkubule

Table of Contents

  1. Application for accreditation of the professional bachelor study programme “Psychology” 2

  2. Table of contents 3

  3. Extract from the minutes of the HSP Senate meeting 5

  4. The HSP accreditation sheet 6

  5. Assurance of the applicant (in case of liquidation) 7

  6. Prospect assessment of the professional bachelor study programme “Psychology” with qualification of psychologist's assistant from the point of view of the interests of Latvia 8

  7. Description of the professional bachelor study programme “Psychology” with qualification of psychologist's assistant 9

    1. Goals, objectives and competences of the professional bachelor study programme “Psychology” with qualification of psychologist's assistant 9

    2. Volume, structure, content and outlined results of the professional bachelor study programme “Psychology” with qualification of psychologist's assistant 11

      1. Volume and structure of the professional bachelor study programme “Psychology” with qualification of psychologist's assistant 11

      2. Components and study results of the professional bachelor study programme “Psychology” with qualification of psychologist's assistant 12

    3. Conformity of the professional bachelor study programme “Psychology” with qualification of psychologist's assistant to the standard of the higher education standard and profession standard of psychologist's assistant 13

    4. Self-evaluation of the professional bachelor study programme “Psychology” with qualification of psychologist's assistant 18

      1. Comparison of the professional bachelor study programme “Psychology” with qualification of psychologist's assistant with the study programme accredited in 2002 18

      2. Comparison of the professional bachelor study programme “Psychology” with qualification of psychologist's assistant with similar study programmes in Latvia and other countries 27

    5. Practical implementation of the professional bachelor study programme “Psychology” with qualification of psychologist's assistant 34

      1. Study process organisation 34

      2. Methods and forms of teaching 36

      3. Assessment of students’ knowledge 37

      4. Regulations of matriculation 38

      5. Students' scientific work 38

    6. The number of students at the programme 39

    7. Students' surveys and their analysis 42

    8. Graduates' surveys and their analysis 42

    9. Students' involvement in the development of the study process 43

    10. Management of the professional bachelor study programme “Psychology” with qualification of psychologist's assistant 44

    11. Employers' surveys 45

  8. Evaluation of the academic staff of the study programme 45

    1. Number of the academic staff of the professional bachelor study programme “Psychology” for acquiring qualification of psychologist's assistant 45

    2. Directions of the scientific work of the academic staff of the professional bachelor study programme “Psychology” with qualification of psychologist's assistant 47

    3. Policy of selection, renewal, training and development of the academic staff 49

      1. Policy of selection, renewal, training and development of the academic staff within next six years 50

  9. Advertising and newsletters about study opportunities in the HSP 50

  10. Fund resources and infrastructure supplement 51

    1. The PHS resources of funding 51

    2. The study material technical resources 52

    3. The HSP and its branch institution library stock 54

  11. The psychophysiological and experimental laboratory 55

      1. Content of laboratory work 55

      2. The laboratory material technical resources 56

  12. Public relations 57

  13. The development plan of the professional bachelor study programme “Psychology” with qualification of psychologist's assistant 61

Appendixes

  1. The study plan of the professional bachelor study programme “Psychology” with qualification of psychologist's assistant

  2. Annotations of the study subjects descriptions

  3. Agreements on internship places

  4. List of the students' scientific publications

  5. Students’ survey

  6. Opinions of potential employers

  7. Graduates’ survey

  8. Composition of the academic staff

  9. CV’s of academic staff of the study programme

  10. Publishing activity of the HSP lecturers

  11. Participation of the academic staff in conferences

  12. Participation of the academic staff in projects and grants

  13. Improvement of professional skills of the academic staff

  14. The HSP outlined incomes and expenses

  15. Technical provision of the professional bachelor study programme “Psychology” with qualification of psychologist's assistant in Riga and branches

  16. Agreements on the cooperation

  17. Sample of certificate on graduation

Extract from the minutes of the HSP Senate meeting

The document is not available in the electronic form

The HSP accreditation sheet

The document is not available in the electronic form

Assurances of the applicant (in case of liquidation)

The document is not available in the electronic form

6. Prospect Assessment of the Professional Bachelor Study Programme “Psychology” with Qualification of Psychologist's Assistant from the Point of View of the Interests of Latvia

On 25 May, 1998, Sorbonne declaration stated creation of the European higher education area as a main means for mobilities of citizens, their employment to stimulate the general development of the continent.

The Bologna declaration accepted in 1999 defines permanent adjustment of the educational system to changeable needs, society requirements and the latest scientific achievements.

One of the most typical peculiarities of Latvian society life is extension of contacts with the EU and institutions of other countries. To communicate successfully it's necessary to take into account the psychological peculiarities of communication of representatives of different culture.

Globalisation processes result in increase of migration processes in Latvia that requires for solution of many psychological problems. For example, problem solution of one-parent families, when children are left under trusteeship of grandparents, because parents earn money abroad. According to data of the Central statistics department (http://data.csb.gov.lv/Dialog/Saveshow.asp) in 2005 56,887 Latvian inhabitants left, versus in 2006 – 57,734 Latvian inhabitants.

The problem of saving families has still been topical in Latvia. In 2005, 12,544 marriages were registered, 6,341 were divorced, in 2006, 14,616 marriages were registered, 7,249 couples were divorced (http://data.csb.gov.lv/Dialog/Saveshow.asp).

As well as in all the world in Latvia this is a problem with psychological support of addicted people and convicts; social adaptation, psychological assistance in social rehabilitation process. In 2005, 2,441 patients with drug and psychotropic substances addiction were kept under medical observation, in 2006 – 2,560; in 2005, 27,648 patients with alcohol addiction were kept under medical observation, 2006 - 29,391 (http://data.csb.gov.lv/Dialog/Saveshow.asp). At the turn of the year 2005 the number of convicts amounted to 6,998, at the turn of the year 2006 – 6,636 (http://data.csb.gov.lv/Dialog/Saveshow.asp). As a result, the role of penitentiary and clinical psychology has being increased.

As a result of increase of retired people (http://www.lm.gov.lv/?sadala=365) the necessity to resolve issues of psychological health maintenance well as professional and age-specific crisis of psychological support has been appeared.

As it was previously, psychological support of children, teenagers and parents is claimed.

Development of entrepreneurship and services sector has stimulated claim for increase of workers and specialists, therefore a psychologist is occupied with personnel selection, provide with workers' career growth teaching and consulting.

Study courses of professional improvement of different specialists as well as re-qualification and acquisition of a new qualification have raised claim for psychologists, who are aware of personnel management, labour psychology and stress management.

The Latvian state is interested in academically and professionally well-educated psychologists with high quality competence, whose knowledge and skills are based on contemporary psychological theories. Present demands for psychologists' preparation are determined by the profession standard of the Republic of Latvia and the EU.

The professional bachelor study programme “Psychology” meets requirements of the profession standard, providing students with knowledge and skills which give an opportunity to become demanded experts on the labour market. The study courses give a concept on problems of different psychological branches and their solutions. Masterclasses, practical work and trainings give an opportunity within the framework of the programme to acquire practical skills in work with psychological techniques, tests and research methods. The study internship ensures to use obtained knowledge and skills in the real situations connected with personnel selection, training, observing and interviewing.

Graduates of this programme are able to enter master's studies of any direction. The gained qualification ensures to work as a psychologist's assistant in any organisation,e.g. at school, personnel department of a bank or firm, family centre, prison, crisis and consulting centres and other.

The urgency of the professional bachelor study programme “Psychology” from the point of view of the interests of Latvia is reflected in:

  • participation in the development of scientific work, psychological support of families;

  • social adaptation of disable people;

  • social adaptation of aged people;

  • social adaptation of addicted and stigmatic groups;

  • social adaptation in immigrants' integration process in Latvian social and cultural environment.

7. Description of the Professional Bachelor Study Programme “Psychology” with Qualification of Psychologist's Assistant

7.1. Goals, Objectives and Competences of the Professional Bachelor Study Programme “Psychology” with Qualification of Psychologist's Assistant

The professional higher education study programme “Psychology”(43314) with qualification of psychologist's assistant (license Nr.04023-4 from 13 February, 2004 till 13 February, 2007; accreditation sheet No 037-516 of 25 June, 2002.) has been reorganized into the professional bachelor study programme “Psychology” (42310) with qualification of psychologist's assistant (license Nr.04023-9 from 17 January, 2006 to 17 January, 2009), keeping accreditation of the study programme. The content of the professional bachelor study programme “Psychology” has been re-organized in accordance with requirements of the LR profession standard and 2nd level higher professional education standard as well as taking into account needs of the EU labour market and Latvian social and cultural situation as a new EU and Schengen area member. The programme has been improved taking into account demands to preparation of psychologists' preparation in other Latvian and EU higher education establishments. The study plan of the programme “Psychologist's assistant”(see the 1st appendix) and descriptions of the study courses (see the 2nd appendix). After graduation from the professional bachelor programme a graduate obtains the 5th level professional qualification “Psychologist's assistant” and professional bachelor's degree in psychology.

The Programme Strategic Goals:

1. To train psychologist’s assistants able:

  • to solve professional tasks according to their qualification in various fields: entrepreneurship, education, social sphere, politics;

  • to apply education in a professional activity rendering psychological support and assistance to whom it is necessary;

  • to compete efficiently on Latvian and other states’ labour-markets, accommodate to variable contemporaneity socially economical circumstances;

  • To continue study at Master's degree programme in the HSP or other higher education institutions.

2. To stimulate taking care of people's psychological health.

The programme specific goals:

  • to improve study content and organization taking into account psychologist’s assistant's professional training demands and variable labour-market circumstances;

  • to create favourable environment for students to gain personal and professional growth;

  • to induce lecturers to raise the levels of their skills, their co-operation with other Latvian and foreign educational institutions, scientific and research activitaties; to acquire skills in the field of modern technologies and their investment into the study process;

  • to enlarge the technically material study resources according to the level of the European developed countries;

  • To create favourable terms for international contacts extension and students’ and lecturer's experience exchange between others states’ institutions of higher education;

  • To create favourable conditions for all the HSP branches students’ merging.

The Programme objectives:

To achieve goals there are developed the study programme objectives. The programme objectives conform to the professional training programme contents of the following modules: the module of general education, theoretical module of speciality, professional module, and internship.

The objectives of general education:

    • To develop motivation to raise the cultural level, erudition, liberalize;

    • To develop social and communicative basic skills;

    • To acquire and develop skills of present scientific world concept and methodological analysis;

The theoretical objectives of speciality and information application:

  • To acquire theoretical knowledge in different psychological branches;

  • To digest ability strategically and analytically formulate and solve issues of speciality;

  • To acquire information sources, selection and processing skills;

  • To develop research skills;

  • To get skills to use efficiently information technologies in the scientific and research work;

The objectives of professional specialisation:

  • To develop professional skills and skills;

  • To develop motivation to continue education and improve professional qualification systematically;

  • To acquire professional ethical principles and know how to use in practice;

  • to develop skills of establishing and keeping social relations.

The internship objectives:

  • To learn how to apply theoretical knowledge in practice;

  • To develop motivation of professional growth.

The outlined results of studies: a graduate of the programme obtains professional bachelor's degree and qualification “Psychologist’s assistant”, that corresponds to the 2nd level of the professional higher education state standard and psychologist's assistant's profession standard. The knowledge and skills obtained allow students to work in different social structures, for a example, in schools, organisations, social assistance (crisis centres), police department, Ministry of the Interior and Ministry of Justice, psychological expertise centre and others, thereby to increase their competitiveness on the labour-market.

Comparison of the Present Study Programme Goals and Objectives with the Study Programme Accredited in 2002

Having analysed the goals and objectives the following differences are established:

The study programme goals and objectives

The higher professional education study programme “Psychology” (2002)

The professional bachelor study programme “Psychology” (2008)

The two general goals have been established to help in obtaining qualitative professional education in the speciality chosen

There are selected strategic and specific goals with the labour-market demands taken into consideration:

- The strategic goals relate to training a competitive specialist;

- The specific goals relate to the study process organisation

The objectives are general concerning training professional skills and a possibility to apply the obtained knowledge in practice and extension of international contacts

The objectives are concretised and divided into modules in accordance with the professional higher education state standard and psychologist's assistant's profession standard.

7.2. Volume, Structure, Content and Outlined Results of the Professional Bachelor Study Programme “Psychology” with Qualification of Psychologist's Assistant

7.2.1. Volume and Structure of the Professional Bachelor Study Programme “Psychology” with Qualification of Psychologist's Assistant

The study programme duration: 4 years in full time studies (8 semesters)

4,5 years in part-time studies (9 semesters)

The study programme volume: 160 credit points (240 ECTS)

Credit points: 1 CP corresponds to 40 academic hours a week

The study programme is being implemented in Riga and its branches: Daugavpils, Jelgava, Jekabpils, Liepaja. On the HPS branches the studies are being implemented as part-time studies (4,5 years – 9 semesters).

In conformity with professional higher education state standard the study duration to get the professional qualification contains at least 4 years (see the study programme plan in the 1st appendix).

The state 2nd level professional higher education standard determines the compulsory content of the educational programme, and the study programme components conform to the compulsory content of the professional programme.

The study programme basic components and their volume (see the 1st appendix):

      1. The courses of general education (20 CP)

      2. The theoretical and informational technological study courses (36 CP)

      3. The courses of the professional specialisation (60 CP)

      4. The optional study courses (6 CP)

      5. Internship (26 CP)

      6. Course paper

      7. The state examination (12 CP)

7.2.2. Components and Study results of the Professional Bachelor Study Programme “Psychology” with Qualification of Psychologist's Assistant

All the study courses implement the objectives established.

The courses of general education

Having acquired the courses of general education students

  • acquire and develop the skills of contemporary scientific world views and methodological analysis (Logics, Philosophy, Sociology);

  • acquire social and communicative basic skills, use speech techniques and able to deliver public speeches (Foreign Language, Basics of Civil Law, Rhetoric);

  • digest entrepreneurship professional competences and knowledge in the fields of economics and management (Economics Basics, Science of Management, Record Management);

  • acquire the basics of legislation (Science of Law, Labour Legislation);

  • acquire the basics of pedagogical science (Pedagogics).

The theoretical and informational technological study courses

Having acquired the theoretical and informational technological study courses students:

  • acquire the fundamental psychological disciplines which are the theoretical base of the branch (General Psychology, Psychobiological Basics, History of Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Social Psychology, Personality Psychology, Neuro psychology, Cognitive Psychology);

  • acquire knowledge in the field of methodology and psychometrics of the scientific research (Methodology of Psychological Research, Psychometrics);

  • improve skills of using information technologies (Basics of Information Technologies);

  • acquire information sources, their selection and processing as well as skills of experimental work (Experimental Psychology, Research Data Computer Processing.

The study courses of professional specialisation

Having acquired the study courses of professional specialisation students obtain the sound knowledge in psychological sub branch, knowledge and practical skills for professional work as well as develop motivation for further education and professional growth:

  • Introduction to speciality (“Introduction to Speciality ”, “Ethics in Psychologist’s Work”);

  • Social and organisation psychology courses (“Communication Psychology”, Organisation Psychology”, “Family Psychology”, “Psychological Methods of Studying Organisation (practical class)”, “Business Communication Training ”, “Methods of Conducting Socially Psychological Training”, “Psychological Technologies of Personnel Management”, “Active Sales Training”, “Team Building Training”, “Professional Career Choice”;

  • Personality psychology study courses (“Differential Psychology”, “Training of Personal Growth”, “Training of Effective Self-representation”, “Introduction to Psychological Counselling”);

  • Behavioural biological basics, psychophysiological basics (“Psychophysiology”, “Practical Work in Experimental Psychology and Psychophysiology”);

  • Health psychology study courses (“Health Psychology” , “Stress Management”);

  • Study courses researching personality psychopathology (“Clinical Psychology”, “Introduction to Psychiatry”, “Introduction to Psychotherapy”);

  • Study courses of research methods and diagnostics (“Psychodiagnostics I”, “Psychodiagnostics II (practical work)”, ”Child's Psychological Examination”, “Psychological Methods of Investigation of Organisation (practical work)”, “Statistic Methods in Psychology”);

  • Juridical psychology study courses (“Introduction to Juridical Psychology”, “Penitentiary Psychology”);

  • Pedagogical psychology study course (“Pedagogical Psychology”);

In the result of successful acquisition of the Programme a student:

  • gets introduced to sphere of professional work of psychologist's assistant in Latvia and the EU and demands of psychologist's assistant's professional preparation as well as aware of stages of professional growth;

  • is aware of principles of psychologist's labour ethic code as well as principle of application necessary in the professional work;

  • acquires methods of psychological diagnostics, counselling and psychological support to apply in work with people in problem situations;

  • acquires psychological methods in work with group teaching process and training management;

  • acquires principles of psychic self-regulation principles and practical abilities in stress situations;

  • gets principles of psychohygiene to provide with health life style, behaviour and thinking.

The optional study courses

The courses give an opportunity to obtain profound knowldge in one of the field concerned in, to get psychological techniques, which make possible to extend the range of knowledge and improve professional competence: “Contemporary Technologies in Work with Information”, “Animal Psychology”, “Latvian Language”, “Psycholinguistics”, “Basics of Psychoanalysis”, “Group Techniques of Art Therapy”, “Cross-cultural Psychology”, “Psychological Work with Addicts ”, “Sexuality Psychology”.

Having acquired the optional study courses students:

  • acquire skills of applying the modern information technologies in the study paper;

  • extends knowledge of professional ethics;

  • extends professional knowledge;

  • acquires psychotherapeutic methods and gets introduced to application of psychotherapeutic methods in the group.

Internship is the study programme essential component (26 CP) to take place out of the educational establishment (counselling centres, schools, social assistance centres and others). Internship consists of four parts (the 1st , 2nd , 3rd , 4th internship) In 2006, in the framework of the ESF project “The HPS Student Internship Implementation at Enterprises and Improvement of Methodological Materials for Internship Supervisor” Nr.VPD1/ESF/PIAA/05/APK/3.2.6.3/0035/0165 the student diaries and Methodological Guidelines for internship supervisors were published. The internship goals and objectives as well as internship content for all four study years are described in a student's diary.

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