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Cursus: 202300203
Compassionate Technology
Cursus informatie
Studiepunten (ECTS)7,5
ContactpersoonC.M. van Lotringen
dr. E.J. de Bruin
C.M. van Lotringen
Contactpersoon van de cursus
C.M. van Lotringen
prof.dr. M.L. Noordzij
1A/  2A
AanmeldingsprocedureZelf aanmelden via OSIRIS Student
Inschrijven via OSIRISJa
After the course students have knowledge about
  • The state of the art of mental health care technology, the potential applications of diverse types of (innovative) technology in mental health care, and the evidence-base behind this.
  • The predominant challenges for implementing technology in mental healthcare, specifically:
    • Drivers and barriers for therapists and clients to use technology in mental health care;
    • Ethical issues and the importance of compassion in mental healthcare

After the course students are able to…
  • show (by way of a short, clear, well-constructed video, a well-written online counselling report, and a clear visual essay in powerpoint) that they:
    • can provide a personal, understandable and argumented definition of compassionate technology;
    • have an understanding of the current state of art related to a chosen (new) technology;
    • can make clear how new technologies could play a role in mental healthcare;
    • understand and be sensitive to ethical issues in implementing technology in mental healthcare;
    • can present a nuanced and realistic perspective making clear what opportunities and limitations are technology in mental healthcare.  
    • respond to diverse cases of online counselling messages by using and referring to best practices, models and evidence from relevant literature.
    • use current usability models to do a heuristic evaluation of a form of mental healthcare technology from a client and therapist perspective in a nuanced and substantiated way.

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 be knowledgeable about the state of the art of technology use in mental healthcare and train skills so that they understand how technology and the human therapist together can create compassionate mental healthcare. 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. They will also learn to express their own evidence based position and vision for technology in mental healthcare. Finally, they will practice their online counselling skills in a practical assignment covering a variety of media (email, chat, online fora).

Deelname eisen
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.
Participating study
Master Psychology
Verplicht materiaal
Communicated through Canvas
Aanbevolen materiaal

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Assignment 1

Assignment 2

Assignment 3

Written exam

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