National Requirements Poland

13-03-2020

 

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  • Psychology Education

There are two main options for students wishing to pursue training in psychology in Poland; a ‘long cycle’ (a five year long study including masters), and a split cycle (a three-years' bachelor's degree followed by a separate two-years' masters degree). Postgraduate education and additional qualifications are required in some specialities. In each case (5 or 3+2), one is required to gather minimum 300 ECTS and present a thesis in order to be awarded with a masters degree.

  • Programmes that meet EuroPsy requirements:

There are 50 institutions together that offer higher education in psychology in Poland: 
• 34 institutions offer 5-year course
• 14 institutions offer 3-years course (BA) 
• 4 institutions offer 3+2 course (BA+MA). 

In Poland, we started a validation project, available for all higher educational institutions
offering master degree in psychology. 11 universities have joined the Project so far. On most of them, the training program was largely compatible with EuroPsy regulations.
The most common exception was the lack of sufficient internships. The NAC defines for each university (and within it for each specialization) what additional conditions must be
met for education to be considered compatible with EuroPsy.
When the compulsory curriculum does not cover all EuroPsy requirements, the decision to recognize the diploma (or not) is taken on the basis of an individual study card.
Confirmation of programs compliance with the EuroPsy requirements has been granted for the following universities: 

University City MA/MSc Degree Programmes
Gdansk Medical University Gdansk Masters of Arts in Social Sciences (5 year programme; 2 specializations) 
High School of Economics and Innovation in Lublin Lubin Masters of Arts in Social Sciences (5 year programme; 4 specializations)
Casimir the Great University in Bydgoszcz Bydgoszcz Masters of Arts in Social Sciences (5 year programme; 4 specializations)
Marie Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin Lubin Masters of Arts in Social Sciences (5 year programme; 5 specializations)
Gdansk University Gdansk Masters of Arts in Social Sciences (5 year programme; 10 specializations)
SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities Warsaw Warsaw Masters of Arts in Social Sciences (5 year programme; 5 specializations)
SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities Katowice Katowice Masters of Arts in Social Sciences (5 year programme; 5 specializations)
SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities Sopot Sopot Masters of Arts in Social Sciences (5 year programme; 2 specializations)
Cardinal Wyszynski University in Warsaw Warsaw Masters of Arts in Social Sciences (5 year programme; 6 specializations)
Jagiellonian University (Faculty o Philosophy) in Cracow Cracow Masters of Arts in Social Sciences (5 year programme; 2 specializations)
Opole University Opole Masters of Arts in Social Sciences (5 year programme; 2 specializations)
  • Supervised Practice arrangements (for the EuroPsy certificate)

The training program for supervisors has been introduced in 2019 to grandparenting path.

  • Training of supervisors

Candidate for supervisors is expected to have:
- EuroPsy basic certificate
- 5 years of professional experience
- training of young professionals experiences (not only students) 

A supplementary workshop (8 hours) is required to introduce into EuroPsy concept and professional training procedures. As for now, 14 supervisors met the criteria and
has been awarded with certificate

  • Recognition of title

The title Psychologist is legally recognised and partialy protected. Although there is the Act on the Profession of Psychologist and Psychologists’ Professional Corporation (signed in 2001) no Psychologists’ Professional Corporation was established, which means that no body awarding the right to work as psychologist exists. The legislative’s work on the Act are resumed from 2019.  

  • Licence to practice

The right to work as psychologist belongs to those who have been awarded with an MA in psychology.

  • Continuing Professional Development (CPD)