New Generation of Clinical Psychologists Begins Their Professional Journey

In January the defence of final qualification works in specialty 37.04.01 "Clinical Psychology" took place. Another 11 students graduated from South Ural State University and are ready to start their professional path as specialists.

"Despite the well-known limitations caused by the pandemic, the students (now, former students) conducted various studies and prepared to defend their theses on topics covering various applications of clinical psychology in healthcare and outside of healthcare. The applicants studied the personal features of patients with skin diseases, coronary heart disease, conducted neuropsychological assessments of disorders of higher mental functions in connection with rehabilitation, determined the risk of social disadaptation from video game addiction, and studied the psychodiagnostic criteria for the selection of military service under contract," said Liudmila Baranskaya, Doctor of Sciences (Psychology), Professor, Chairperson of the Final State Attestation Commission.

In her opinion, the neuropsychological features of the formation of mental functions in children of preschool and primary school age are a topical field of research. Research by Ekaterina Reshetova, a SUSU student, revealed specific features of speech and thinking development of children of primary school age, including children with mental and speech development disorders.

The diploma project by Ekaterina Glyvina on determining the targets of psychotherapeutic intervention in patients with psoriasis, neurodermatitis, or eczema was of great interest. Also noted was the program of cognitive training for the elderly presented by Daria Kalinichenko, which describes the principles and approaches of psychological support for this category of clients.

Special mention should be made of the project "Prevention of Nicotine Addiction among Adolescents in Mongolia" by Tur Munkhtsetseg, a Mongolian student. Amgalan Bazarkhandaev, Advisor to the Russian Embassy in Mongolia, Head of the Representation Office of the Federal Agency of CIS Affairs in Mongolia, Director of the RCSC in Ulaanbaatar, was a reviewer. He noted the relevance of the conducted research and the value of the developed program for its implementation in the school environment. Munkhtsetseg conducted the study directly with the students of one of the schools in Ulaanbaatar and created and developed the content of an account in a social network to continue preventive work with adolescents.

“My studies went by very quickly. I’m sad to go. Thank you to the teachers of the faculty for their knowledge and experience!” said Tur Munkhtestesg.

Photo: Tur Munkhtsetseg

Anastasia Novokhatski, senior lecturer, gave her general impression and opinion of the department staff:

"One of the most interesting life stages has ended for our students—their student years! Over the past six months, in working on their graduation work, everyone has already been able to try themselves in professional activities as independent specialists and researchers. We, the teachers, are pleased to see the results of our fruitful cooperation with each student, how they transition from student to colleague. I would like to wish the graduates professional growth and development, as well as success!"

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