Clinical Psychology (MSc)
The master's specialisation Clinical Psychology consists of three main parts: the mandatory and elective courses, a thesis and an internship.
Finishing this course, from a theoretical perspective students will understand what patients need from a psychotherapeutic relationship in order to benefit from treatment. From a practical perspective students will learn basic therapeutic skills (such as observational skills, establishing rapport, therapeutic interviewing, handling crises) to facilitate and manage a psychotherapeutic relationship. Students will also take the first step in using themselves as an instrument in monitoring and evaluating psychotherapeutic processes.
The more theoretical part of this course consists of lectures on general aspects of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and specific interventions for different forms of psychopathology and psychological consequences of chronic disease. In small group sessions running parallel to these lectures, students will be taught basic cognitive-behavioural intervention principles/techniques, such as case formulation, exposure, response prevention, and identifying, challenging and modifying negative thoughts and attitudes.
Clinical psychological research is often concerned with investigating the causes and treatment of abnormal behaviour. A range of observational study designs, both cross-sectional and longitudinal, can be used to identify causes of illness. Treatment evaluation designs range from case reports to randomized clinical trials (RCTs). RCTs have become the gold standard of evidence in biomedical research. However, the vast majority of studies is observational. Furthermore, it has been argued that RCTs are impractical in some circumstances, and impossible in others.
In this course we will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of cohort studies, case-control studies and cross-sectional studies for investigating causal relationships. Secondly, we will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of different treatment evaluation designs, as well as the standards of conducting and reporting this research.
In this course you develop clinical interviewing and diagnostic skills. You will be exposed to psychopathology syndromes via clinical interviews with trained actors. You will learn to give both oral and written reports of your findings.
For more information about the courses, check out the Prospectus.
If you do a 10 EC (non-clinical) Internship, another 10 EC must consist of elective courses, of level 500. A full list of electives can be found here. If you do a 20 EC Clinical Internship this is not mandatory.