There are many things that the university provided for its students. An aspect that I really appreciated is the encouragement of a lot of the professors to get us to apply critical thinking without hand-holding us to the solutions. This involved analyzing clinical articles, creating psychological profiles for both real-life and fictional characters, and several role-playing exercises. The most notable course that I took discussed Schema Therapy, which involved a lot of reenactments on real therapy cases, and analyzing how the theory taught in the course was actually handled in practice. A fault that I can give is not related to the university itself but rather the experience that I had during my final year. You see, COVID forces courses to be online, which hampered the practical exercises that students were meant to undertake in their final year. These exercises would have been relevant to develop their thesis. Instead, most of the focus went on theory. Right now, it’s the student’s job to pick up on whatever he learns and apply that in the real-life without any real hard practice. This is a bit daunting.
All in all, I really appreciated the psychology program at SWPS. It definitely deserves the good reviews that it gets.