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Course module: 201800111
Positive Clinical Psychology
Course info
Course module201800111
Credits (ECTS)7.5
Course typeStudy Unit
Language of instructionEnglish
Contact persondr. M. Schotanus - Dijkstra
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F.A. Molenkamp
Y. Namer
dr. M. Schotanus - Dijkstra
Contactperson for the course
dr. M. Schotanus - Dijkstra
dr. T.R. Vaessen
Academic year2023
Starting block
1A/  2A
Application procedureYou apply via OSIRIS Student
Registration using OSIRISYes
After the course students:
  • can explain the two continua-model of mental health and know what wellbeing is
  • have further knowledge about mental health problems with a focus on anxiety and mood disorders
  • can explain common (positive psychological) theories, interventions and recommended treatment to improve mental well-being and psychopathology to a specific client or group of clients
  • are able to conduct an intake in which they systematically assess clients’ mental health
  • can formulate a descriptive theory about the current situation of the client using the SLC model.
  • develop a personalized treatment plan considering the pathology and the professional guidelines, and motivate a client to start with this plan
  • experience positive psychological interventions and reflect on their impact for their own well-being.
“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, social and psychological 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.
This is a core course of the M-PSY programme. Only students who are admitted to the entire M-PSY and meet all the admission requirements as referred to in the programme specific part are allowed to take this course.
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 Every Day. (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
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Instructional modes
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