Promote and protect the mental health and well-being of people in today’s modern world, using state-of-the-art treatments and technologies.
Historically, the field of clinical psychology is concerned with the assessment and treatment of psychological disorders and behavioural problems. But mental health and well-being go far beyond symptom reduction. After all, being free of symptoms does not necessarily say much about a person’s well-being, nor does having symptoms directly imply negative well-being. So what does it take to improve positive mental health? Especially in today’s modern world, with social media impact and rising rates of stress, anxiety, and depression? You will discover this and more in the specialisation in Positive Clinical Psychology & Technology.
This specialisation covers the traditional field of clinical psychology and adds the angle of positive psychology, as well as technology. You will develop the skills needed to understand and treat psychological disorders (e.g. setting clinical diagnoses, writing treatment plans, conversation techniques etc.) and complement these with insights into emotional, psychological, and social well-being, in order to improve people’s mental health and thereby lowering the risk of psychological disorders. In other words: how can you focus on people’s strengths, besides dysfunctions, to help them lead healthy, happy lives? You will combine in-depth, academic skills with hands-on experience, during a (clinical) internship, for example!
This specialisation places mental healthcare in the technological context of today’s digitally advanced society. For example, how can Virtual Reality be used in addiction treatment, helping clients cope with situations that evoke addictive behaviour? And how can digital life storybooks support people with dementia? But also: how are psychological disorders represented in (digital) media and how does this affect stigmas? And can artificial intelligence help analysing conversations between clients and psychologists, predicting the likeliness of clients dropping out? You will explore the role that (new) technologies can play in the diagnosis, treatment, and research of mental health and well-being, as well as its role in our current society and how it impacts our mental health.
As a graduate of this Master's and this specialisation, you have acquired specific, scientific knowledge, skills and values, which you can put to good use in your future job.
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