Het vakkenaanbod PPT is voor studiejaar 2018-2019 gewijzigd t.o.v. 2017-2018. Verder zijn de vaknamen en gebruikte leermaterialen (zoals literatuur en collegeslides) m.i.v. studiejaar 2018-2019 Engelstalig. De colleges worden (nog) gegeven in het Nederlands. Met ingang van studiejaar 2019-2020 worden ook de colleges in het Engels gegeven. Voor de praktijkvakken geldt dat oefenen (met bijv. gespreksvaardigheden) zowel in het Engels als in het Nederlands mogelijk is, waarbij de student dus zelf kan kiezen tussen één van beide.

Positive Clinical Psychology

“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, psychological and social 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.

Compassionate Technology in Mental Healthcare

‘Compassionate Technology in Mental Healthcare’ 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 learn a new viewpoint and be ambassadors for the idea that both technology and the human therapist together can create compassionate mental healthcare. However, 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. Finally, they will practice their online counselling skills in a practical assignment covering a variety of media (email, chat, online fora).

Advanced Research Methods for Psychology, Health & Technology

This course teaches Master students advanced skills in conducting and reporting research in technology-oriented clinical and health psychology. The course prepares for doing research such as the MA thesis.
Students gain insight in state-of-the art academic and applied research methods. The focus is on how to solve dilemmas in everyday research practice with a keen eye to the reliability, validity and implementation value of the different methods.
The lecturers are experienced researchers who together cover a wide range of theoretical approaches and specific methods relevant to PHT research. They will share and reflect on their own research experience in order to provide students good real life examples of different aspects of the research process. 
A combination of lectures, tutorials, home assignments, and online micro-lectures will provide guidance about dealing with the main issues involved in conducting research. Several tutorials will offer students hands-on knowledge about a variety of advanced research methods. The final assignment consists of a research paper or proposal on the basis of one selected research method.

Positive behavioural therapy

‘Positive behavioural therapy’ encompasses knowledge and skills about the field of psychotherapy, specifically (brief) Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and positive psychology. CBT is a general form of psychotherapy directed at changing condition-related cognitions and behaviours. Recently, growing evidence has shown the effectiveness of positive psychology interventions as a complementary approach in mental health promotion and treatment. The main focus of positive psychology is to enhance well-being, happiness and human flourishing.

In this course students learn the principles of (brief) behaviour therapy, different theoretical behaviour models, and behaviour techniques and strategies that underline these different therapies. Students learn to apply these techniques and strategies in clinical practice. Students also learn to make (cognitive) case conceptualisations of psychopathology, and apply their interventions accordingly. The course involves skills in counselling, behavioural strategies, specific therapeutic interventions, and learn to apply these from a positive psychology framework.

Personal Reflection & Development

In this course, you will discover what inspires you (and other people) and how this affects your life. Knowing what motivates and obstructs you, can help you to better fulfil your individual potential, in your daily life and in your professional role. In order to understand other people and what inspires them, it is important that you first get to know yourself better. That not only involves psychological insight and theory, but also self-examination. This course gives you support in this process.

In this course, you will become aware of what inspires you and how you can use that knowledge to further shape your own attitudes during your studies and your future professional career. You will enhance your vision, self-knowledge, and professional identity. The insights and skills that you gain can be used to enter into an open dialogue with others and to search together for answers and solutions. This corresponds closely with the positive psychological principles of our department. The overall aim is that you develop attitudes, insights, and competences that you can apply in your daily life as student, your internship, and future work.

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