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.|