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Graduate School of Clinical Human Studies    Department of Clinical Psychology

Problems of the mind are said to have become so complicated as to require highly specialized knowledge and skills for their solution. In order to meet this demand, this graduate program, without limiting itself to abstract theory, focuses its education and research on promoting comprehensive studies of human psychology, and, in addition, seeks to foster professional psychologists and counselors.
This Department has emphasized a practical education in which students learn from “individuals,” with its basis being the legacy of the late Professor Kawai Hayao who introduced Sandplay Therapy to Japan for the first time in 1965, and the experience of clinical education activities at the Tenri University Counseling Room, which has been open to the public for nearly half a century. In order to enable students to obtain working knowledge through their own experience, the Department has provided them with occasions to practice at hospitals, kindergartens, and elementary schools, in addition to the University’s Counseling Room. Thus it has nurtured clinical psychologists, counselors, and other highly specialized professionals who can actively work in the field of clinical psychology.