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Psychology of Abnormal Behaviour


Admission requirements

First year course Personality, Clinical and Health Psychology or similar.


The focus of this course is on the treatment of abnormal behaviour through psychotherapy. We will discuss the theoretical basis, indications and contra-indications, practice issues and efficacy of different types of psychological interventions. These include: psychoanalysis; behavioural and cognitive therapy; hypnosis and suggestion; ‘third-wave’ behavioural treatments (ACT, MBCT); relationship and family therapy. This course is complementary to the Dutch-language course PDB (Psychopathologie, Diagnostiek en Behandeling).

Course objectives

Students acquire: – knowledge of the theoretical basis of various psychotherapies – a basic knowledge of the techniques of psychotherapy – knowledge of the research evidence of the effectiveness of psychotherapies


Psychology of Abnormal Behaviour (2014-2015): To be announced



Students need to enroll for lectures. Please consult the Instructions registration


Students are not automatically enrolled for an examination. They can register via uSis from 100 to 10 calendar days before the date; students who are not registered will not be permitted to take the examination. Registering for exams

Electives students

You have to enrol for each course separately.

Mode of instruction and literature per lecture

This course consists of a series of eight lectures.

Literature: to be announced.

Assessment method

Exam with multiple choice-questions


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Contact information

Prof. dr. Philip Spinhoven