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Chicago School of Professional Psychology Announces New Ph.D. in International Psychology
Date:3/30/2009

CHICAGO, March 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Recognizing a need for more trained professionals to understand and work with global challenges such as socio-cultural contexts, conflict, poverty, and natural disasters, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is chartering the nation's first Ph.D. in International Psychology.

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Designed for working professionals, the post-master's doctoral degree will leverage The Chicago School's 30-year pedigree of psychology training rooted in diversity and multicultural studies. According to the program's architects, this academic foundation will be critical for individuals seeking to work in the international arena.

"There is a need for understanding, appreciation, and respect for culturally sensitive psychology practice globally. The Ph.D. program is designed to address broad competencies and skills rather than narrow foci on specific sub-disciplines," said Dr. Robert Clark, the program's chair.

The program comes at a time when, according to the World Health Organization, 450 million people worldwide suffer from a mental or behavior disorder. Of those, less than 25 percent have access to effective treatments; in some countries, less than 10 percent have access.

The new Ph.D. was developed to give graduates the training and experience to understand and apply psychological principles in a variety of cultural settings. Examples of their graduate work in action may include conducting research to better understand socio-cultural differences, developing and applying treatment practices that take into account the culture and worldview of the people in need, consulting with mental heal
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