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Course module: 201800111
Positive Clinical Psychology
Course info
Course module201800111
Credits (ECTS)7.5
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Contact persondr. M. Schotanus - Dijkstra
dr. L.C.A. Christenhusz
N.M.A. Kuipers
Contactperson for the course
dr. M. Schotanus - Dijkstra
dr. M. Schotanus - Dijkstra
A.M. Vopicka
Academic year2020
Starting block
1A/  2A
Application procedureYou apply via OSIRIS Student
Registration using OSIRISYes
After the course students have knowledge about
  • well-being and the two continua-model of mental health
  • further knowledge about mental health problems with a focus on anxiety and mood disorders
  • common theories about factors that cause and maintain psychopathology
  • positive psychological theories about positive factors and resources that decrease psychopathology and enhance well-being
  • positive psychological interventions and recommended treatment for specific psychological disorders

After the course students are able to 
  • conduct an intake in which the student systematically assess clients’ mental health (i.e. factors that may cause or maintain the presence of psychopathology and absence of well-being).
  • formulate a descriptive theory about the current situation of the client using the SLC model.
  • experience positive psychological interventions and reflect on their impact for well-being and resilience.
  • measure the presence or absence of resources (psychological well-being).
  • develop a personalized treatment plan considering the pathology and the professional guidelines, and introduce this plan to a client.
  • motivate the client to start and follow the treatment plan.

After the course students have a positive attitude to
  • Positive clinical psychology and to apply skills based on positive clinical psychology in practice, e.g. to advise about which interventions may be useful for a specific client.
“Positive clinical psychology” supports students in deepening their knowledge of scientific theories about psychopathology and well-being. At its core are two assumptions: (1) Psychopathology is caused and maintained by two factors: the presence of dysfunctional factors in the person or in the context of the person that cause or maintain psychopathology and the lack of resources that enable a person to cope with and adapt to changing life-circumstances. (2) Mental health is more than the absence of psychopathology. It also comprises emotional, psychological and social well-being. In this course students learn about models that explain psychopathology in terms of dysfunctional factors and about positive psychological theories that explain psychopathology and well-being in terms of the absence or presence of resources. The students learn to apply the various theories in clinical situations. Students also learn to formulate a personalized treatment program, including a descriptive diagnostic summary, to guide clients in following such a program. The course involves skills in intake, goal setting, motivating, treatment, evaluation of goals, setting new goals et cetera.
Assumed previous knowledge
De UT bachelor or pre-master Psychology has to be obtained, including the module Mental Health
Participating study
Master Psychology
Required materials
Bohlmeijer, E., & Hulsbergen, M. (2018). Using positive psychology everyday. (1st. ed.). Routledge. ISBN: 9780815362234
Kennerley, H., Kirk, J. & Westbrook, D. (2017). An introduction to cognitive behaviour therapy. Skills & applications. (3rd ed.). London: SAGE. ISBN: 9781473962583
Articles available via Canvas.
Recommended materials
Instructional modes
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Witten Exam

Written exam, oral assessment (with fictional client) and assignment(s)

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