There are currently 16 undergraduate and ten postgraduate students (including Masters and Doctorate students) enrolled in this Seminar. As a clinical psychology course, we are involved in research in a range of areas, although many of the undergraduate and postgraduate students are closely involved in school psychology. The course includes weekly classes for reading and discussion of literature on drug dependence and psychiatric therapy in the aftermath of disasters, as well as regular student presentations on individual topics every semester and more general presentations during the intensive summer school period. Community engagement is a key feature of the course, and we work with local schools to provide mental health services tailored to their specific requirements. This course has a very diverse student cohort of varying ages and academic levels, from third-year undergraduates to doctoral students, including a significant number of overseas students from countries such as Iran and South Korea. Many of the postgraduate students boast prior work experience as speech therapists, nurses and teachers, so there is plenty of opportunity for all participants to learn about other cultures and vocations. Our aim as instructors is to ensure that every student is able to develop a clinical awareness while enjoying their studies.
The weekly psychology seminars were very helpful and informative. The presentations were clear and simple and easy for foreign language students to understand.
My research topic is the home environment and associated stressors. Family composition and family dynamics, in particular responsibilities for child-rearing, vary considerably between countries. Tokai University has students from over 40 different countries. I asked them to complete a questionnaire survey as part of my analysis of differences in families throughout the world.
The main attraction of the Seminar for me is the strong emphasis that is placed on study. Each of us has to deliver a presentation on an entire chapter of the book we are currently reading. This means that we each have to read through our allotted chapters so that we have a good understanding of what it's about. After our presentation, we have time for discussion where we are able to put forward our own views and opinions. There other opportunities for study, such as the homework groups in the evenings. Sometimes these go until quite late, but they are always very worthwhile.