Department of Psychology and Social Work

Department of Psychology and Social Work

The Department of Psychology and Social Work is a new department established when reconstruction of the faculties was conducted by this college in 2013. As of 2016, it has entered the fourth year since its establishment and has had students attending from the freshman year to the senior year. Adding psychological studies of the former Department of Human Development to the social welfare studies of the former Department of General Welfare, this department was launched. Consequently, it offers two courses of psychology and welfare.
 The psychological course’s curriculum is designed to be connected with the welfare course’s so that students can learn orthodox psychology comprehensively to deepen their understanding of the human mind and behavior. However, an important feature of the welfare course is that students do not study overall social welfare but deeply learn social work, particularly addressing practical fields, offering a curriculum that is connected with the psychological course as well.
 Both courses are intended to give students certain qualifications such as eligibility requirements for national examinations to cover education for training professionals, while they also intend to have students undertake academic research while taking advantage of small-class education (developing a diversity of seminars and practical trainings, with 7–8 students in a seminar). Furthermore, the results will be reflected in seminar reports of each seminar and the graduation thesis.
 Based on the idea of a Catholic women’s college, the mission of this department is to develop students who can have professional understanding of the human mind and behavior and who can support people in leading a stable life in modern society.

Educational Purpose

The Department of Psychology and Social Work recognizes human dignity and value, based on the teaching of Christian love. It seeks to equip students with psychological analysis of humanity and the pursuit of human welfare. It seeks to nurture students who can contribute to society in the area of medicine, social work, and education.

Psychology Track

Psychology gives basis for understanding humanity. We emphasize experiments and seminars in which students experience and practice. Students gather information, analyze it and in the process will come to understand the method of psychological research and scientific-objective perspective behind it. As psychological evaluation and counseling is useful in understanding oneself, students will gain knowledge and skills that could be applied not only in a medical and welfare context but in general, daily life.
Students can pursue licenses for certified psychologist, social worker, care giver, and medical social worker. They will be useful when students seek a position as a professional in the mental health field.

Social Work Track

To support people to live with dignity in their local area regardless of age or handicap is the role of welfare professionals. To deal with the problems associated with child abuse, bullying, poverty, dementia, and handicaps, professionals with expert knowledge and skills such as social workers, care givers, medical social workers are necessary.
In this track students are able to obtain two national licenses. Welfare professionals are required not only to grasp the mental needs of the clients, support them scientifically, but utilize available social resources, and create them if necessary. Our curriculum combines lectures, seminars and practicums from the freshman year. We expect our students to work with children, handicapped people, elderly people, and victims of disasters.

International Volunteer Tour

We have this tour every February, with St. Paul University, Manila being our host. Students are exposed to problems derived from poverty in the Philippines and learn about the way of support. It also helps student understand Japanese culture, society and life.

Curriculum Policy

(1)
Foundational courses of psychology and social welfare compulsory. In small-scale seminars, “behavior and ethics,” “knowledge and understanding,” “technique and method” are taught as the basis of human understanding and practical act.
(2)
Expansive courses and related psychology courses for the purpose of nurturing practical skills and preparing for licenses are set.
(3)
Related welfare courses are systematically located around psychology courses.
(4)
Psychology and Social Work are incorporated to build a comprehensive curriculum to nurture students to work in the field of medicine, welfare and education.

Diploma Policy

Those who obtain the predetermined number of credits and meet the following conditions are entitled to degree.

(1)
To understand human beings and take practical actions in the field of medicine, welfare, and education, seeking better human living.
(2)
To respect the unlimited human power and have knowledge and skills for social work to practice it, in order to contribute to wider society.
(3)
To be equipped with scientific understanding of human beings based on psychological knowledge and skills in order to contribute to wider society.