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Basic Therapeutic Skills

Course
2021-2022

Entry requirements

Only open to master’s students in Psychology with specialisation Clinical Psychology or Health and Medical Psychology and research master’s students track Clinical and Health Psychology.

Description

Basic Therapeutic Skills is a course in professional skills in which the student will learn to understand and apply basic psychotherapeutic skills in a clinical and health psychological setting. Workgroup sessions consist of supervised and unsupervised meetings where students practice therapeutic skills, reflect upon the therapeutic process with other students and staff, and discuss relevant literature. A central tenet is the process of self-monitoring and reflecting upon one’s own professional development as a therapist.

Course objectives

  1. From a theoretical perspective, students will understand what patients need from a psychotherapeutic relationship in order to benefit from treatment. Students will be informed through lectures and literature discussions during the workgroups.

  2. 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.

  3. Students will learn to critically evaluate their own and their group members’ therapeutic skills, attitude and behaviors and reflect on their own and their group members’ progress as a therapist.

  4. Students will take the first step in using themselves as an instrument in monitoring and evaluating psychotherapeutic processes (such as role plays and mini-therapy), through introspection and self-reflection.

Timetable

For the timetable of this course please refer to MyTimetable

Registration

NOTE As of the academic year 2021-2022, you must register for all courses in uSis.
You do this twice a year: once for the courses you want to take in semester 1 and once for the courses you want to take in semester 2.
Registration for courses in the first semester is possible from early August. Registration for courses in the first semester is possible from December. The exact date on which the registration starts will be published on the website of the Student Service Center (SSC)

By registering for a course you are also automatically registered for the Brightspace module. Anyone who is not registered for a course therefore does not have access to the Brightspace module and cannot participate in the first sit of the exam of that course.
Also read the complete registration procedure

Mode of instruction

  • 5 two-hour lectures

  • 2 three-hour work group sessions each week, during 7 weeks.

Full attendance is mandatory. Workgroup sessions consist of supervised and unsupervised meetings where students:

  • practice and obtain therapeutic skills through exercises, role plays, modelling, and mini therapy sessions;

  • reflect upon the therapeutic process with other students and staff, and

  • discuss relevant literature.

A central tenet is the process of self-monitoring and reflecting upon one’s own professional development as a therapist. Using a theoretical model for self-reflection, students will learn how to critically evaluate their progress as a therapist.

Assessment method

Assessment will be based on:

  • Full attendance to all workgroup sessions;

  • Engagement in a learning process, which implies an active participation in the workgroup sessions and a willingness to reflect on professional development; and

  • Written reflections on experiences in managing the therapeutic relationship and building basic therapeutic skills

Students write a final report on their professional development as a therapist, in which they will reflect on therapeutic skills obtained throughout the course, on psychotherapeutic processes, and on feedback received from group members.

The Institute of Psychology follows the policy of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences to systematically check student papers for plagiarism with the help of software. Disciplinary measures will be taken when fraud is detected. Students are expected to be familiar with and understand the implications of this fraud policy.

Reading list

  • Heaton, J.A. (1998). Building Basic Therapeutic Skills. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass

  • Additional reading will be supplied by the staff

Contact information

Clinical Psychology

Health and Medical Psychology and Research Master Clinical and Health Psychology