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Basic Therapeutic Skills

Course 2016-2017

Entry requirements

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

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.

Timetable

For the timetables of your lectures, work groups and exams, please select your study programme in:
Psychology timetables

Semester 1:
Lectures
Workgroups

Semester 2:
Lectures
Workgroups

Registration

Course

Students need to enroll for lectures and work group sessions.
Master’s course registration

Mode of instruction

5 two-hour lectures and 2 three-hour work group sessions each week, during 7 weeks. Full attendance is mandatory. Work group 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.

Assessment method

Assessment will be based on:

  • Full attendance to all work group sessions;
  • Engagement in a learning process, which implies an active participation in the work group 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.

The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences has instituted that instructors use a software programme for the systematic detection of plagiarism in students’ written work. In case of fraud disciplinary actions will be taken. Please see the information concerning fraud.

Reading list

  • Heaton, J.A. (1998). Building Basic Therapeutic Skills. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass
  • Additional reading will be supplied by the staff

Contact information