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.|