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Course module: 201800109
Compassionate Technology
Course info
Course module201800109
Credits (ECTS)7.5
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Contact persondr. M.L. Noordzij
dr. E.J. de Bruin
C.M. van Lotringen
dr. M.L. Noordzij
Contactperson for the course
dr. M.L. Noordzij
Academic year2021
Starting block
1A/  2A
Application procedureYou apply via OSIRIS Student
Registration using OSIRISYes
After the course students have knowledge about
  • The possibilities of technology in mental healthcare.
  • The importance, now and in the future, of technology for (the sustainability) of mental healthcare
  • The predominant challenges for implementing technology in mental healthcare, specifically:
    • Drivers and barriers for therapists and clients to use technology in mental health care
    • The role of human centred and persuasive design in making technology compassionate and remedying the barriers
    •  Ethical issues

After the course students are able to
  • analyze technology in mental health care on compassion (in terms of its sensitivity to suffering of clients and caretakers and its ability to decrease suffering and/or increase wellbeing).
  • apply online counselling skills to give appropriate and professional responses in different online counselling format.
  • reflect critically on their own online counseling messages .
  • reflect critically on the opportunities and limitations of a selection of new technologies for mental health care (e.g. sleep technology, VR, mobile interventions, wearables, serious games).
  • present themselves as a realistic ambassador, who introduces and stimulates compassionate technology in mental healthcare.
  • give a substantiated definition of compassionate technology fitting with their own role as ambassador for compassionate technology.
  • Identify ethical issues in the use of technology in mental healthcare.
Compassionate Technology teaches knowledge and skills about the possibilities to reduce suffering and increase wellbeing in mental healthcare through technology. Therapy through technology is often framed as cold and uncaring and contrasted with the warmth and connection from a human therapist. This course will enable students to learn a new viewpoint and be ambassadors for the idea that both technology and the human therapist together can create compassionate mental healthcare. However, just as a therapist needs to be well trained, technology needs to be well designed and evaluated in order to make a relevant and positive contribution to mental healthcare.
In this course students learn about the theory, development and evaluation of compassionate technology. In addition, they will practice with relevant technologies and discuss ethical challenges for mental healthcare in a series of hands-on workshops. Finally, they will practice their online counselling skills in a practical assignment covering a variety of media (email, chat, online fora).

Assumed previous knowledge
The UT bachelor or pre-master Psychology has to be obtained, including the module Mental Health
Participating study
Master Psychology
Required materials
Communicated through Canvas
Recommended materials
Instructional modes
Presence dutyYes

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Written Examination and (group) assignm.

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