Department of Psychology


Location
The Department of Psychology is in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. The department offices are housed at Arts Complex Building 1.

Internal Links
The department collaborates, internally, with the following departments and institutes:

  • Department of Educational Psychology
  • Institute of Open, Distance and e-Learning
  • Institute of Peace and Security Studies
  • Dean of Students Office


Academic Staff And Specialization

The department has 14 qualified and experienced members of staff, who specialize in the following fields of psychology:

  • Counseling Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Chemical Dependency and Addiction Studies
  • Research Methodology
  • Health Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Marital and Family Psychology
  • Emotional Intelligence

Department's Specialty and Branding
Globally, there is an increase in interpersonal as well as intra-personal challenges. Often, individuals find themselves unable to relate well with others. There are also times when individuals realize that they are not realizing their potential in different aspects of their life. This may be due to their inability to communicate well with others or inappropriate ways of dealing with challenges among other reasons.

These enables students to have

  1. Self understanding and awareness that positively enhances personal growth leading to well adjusted individual who are able to exploit their maximum potential .
  2. Improved interpersonal relationships.
  3. There is an increase in demand for graduates in Psychology and counseling in different work settings.
  4. We welcome any student interested in understanding themselves and others and interested in working with people to take courses in Psychology. You can read testimonials of two of our former students in this write up.

Student Destinations
Graduates in Psychology and Counseling are in great demand in different settings. For instance:

  1. They can work in industries, education, hospitals, police, army and sports and in the community. In addition, many professions demand some training in Psychology.
  2. Others are working as trainers in Institutions offering psychological and counselling education such as rehabilitation centres.
  3. Students are also able to pursue further education and specialize in different branches of Psychology such as Clinical Psychology; Organizational/Industrial Psychology Testing and Assessment and Health Psychology among others.

A: RESEARCH

1.    MA (Counseling Psychology) student- Anthony Chege wins a research grant from (NACADA) for his MA Research on drugs. Anthony will be looking at the relationship between family structure and drug use among the youth in Kajiado County.

B: COLLABORATIONS

2.    Two (2) Departmental staff members were involved in a collaborative activity of the University and the  Commission for University Education (CUE) on development of Credit Accumulation Transfer (CAT) for Psychology and Counseling Psychology in February 2015

C: COMMUNITY OUTREACH
3.    Psychology club engaged in a Community Outreach activity where they visited Good Hope Rehabilitation Centre Children’s Home, and a drug rehabilitation center based in Mtito Andei in Collaboration with Directorate of Community Outreach. They engaged in the following activities:

Activities
1.    Psychoeducation
2.    General cleaning
3.    Bonding and sharing with the children
4.    Recovering talks with addicts in recovery
5.    Donation of foodstuffs

D: STAFF CAPACITY BUILDING

4.    Lecturers attended e-learning training in February 2015.

E:ACADEMIC TRIP TO MATHARE TEACHING AND REFERRAL HOSPITAL BY PSYCHOLOGY STUDENTS APS 401: CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY

DATE OF TRIP: 13/ 11/2014

The purpose of the trip was to put abnormal psychology concepts learnt in class into a practical perspective. Thorough lecture by staff and interactions with the patients, the students experienced first hand information that enhanced their class learning tremendously.

F:ACADEMIC TRIP TO BLESSED TALBOT RECOVERY CENTRE

APS 327: DUG ABUSE COUNSELING

25 STUDENTS and 2 lecturers undertook the academic trip on 24 th May, 2014.

The students learnt the following:

  1. Screening methods
  2. Clinical Assessment
  3. The process of rehabilitation
  4. The treatment models used in therapy
  5. Referral
  6. Support systems or aftercare
  7. Ethical and legal issues

MINGLING WITH THE CLIENTS

This followed in form of an aerobic class in which all were invited. Students joined the clients in an aerobic class, which was very interesting and involving. This helped create rapport, and trust.

The students were therefore able to interact with the clients on a one-on- on basis or in a group and share with them their experiences.

 

 

Bachelor Of Arts (Counselling Psychology)    msword     pdf

Bachelor Of Arts (Psychology)   msword     pdf

Master Of Arts (Counseling Psychology)  msword     pdf

Phd in Counseling Psychology
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BA (PSYCHOLOGY AND BA (COUNSELING PSYCHOLOGY) PROGRAMS

Entry Requirements:

  • Mean grade C+ (plus) at KCSE or equivalent with at least C (plain) in English and Mathematics, or
  • Mean grade of C (plain) with a diploma (passed with credit) in any field of study from a recognized institution of higher learning.

Modes of Study

  • Full-time Regular classes 7.00-6.00 p.m. (Monday to Friday) Main Campus

Fess Structure

  • Fees Structure: Please contact admissions department for fees structure This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

MA (COUNSELING PSYCHOLOGY)

Entry Requirements:

a)  A holder of a Bachelor’s degree with at least upper second class of Kenyatta University or any other recognized University.
b) A holder of a Bachelor’s degree, with at least lower second class of Kenyatta University or any other recognized University, Plus a Post graduate Diploma in Education or Counseling, or its equivalent, with at least a credit level pass.
c) A holder of a Bachelor’s degree, with at least lower second class of Kenyatta University or any other recognized University, plus at least two years of relevant professional experience in a clinical setting.

Modes of Study

  • Part-time evening classes 5.30-8.30 p.m. (Monday to Friday) in the KU City campus located in the city of Nairobi Haile Selassie avenue)
  • Full-time Regular classes 9.00-12.00 p.m. (Monday to Friday) Main Campus- Located along  Thika Super highway
  • Institutional Based Programme (IBP) offered during School holidays i.e. April, August and December at Main campus

Duration

  • The M.A. programme in Counselling Psychology takes minimum 2 years and students are expected to do coursework, examination and research project/thesis.

Fess Structure

  • Fees Structure: Please contact admissions department for fees structure This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

PHD (COUNSELING PSYCHOLOGY)

Entry Requirements:

  • A holder of an M.A., or M.Sc., Degree in Counseling Psychology of Kenyatta University or any other recognized University.
  • A holder of a M.Ed. Degree in Guidance and Counseling of Kenyatta University or any other recognized University.

Modes of Study

  • Part-time evening classes 5.30-8.30 p.m. (Monday to Friday) in the KU City campus located in the city of Nairobi Haile Selassie avenue)

Fees Structure:

  • Please contact admissions department for fees structure This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 March 2015 09:54