Psychopathology, Health and Prevention

Gaining insight into the causes, treatment and prevention of psychopathology

Psychopathology, Health and Prevention

In this minor you focus on psychopathology, health and prevention from a clinical, neuropsychological and developmental perspective. The courses will provide you with the knowledge and skills that enables you to work in clinical practice at a bachelor level, prepares you for a clinical internship in your home country, and to do scientific research on clinically relevant topics, such as the effectiveness of mental health prevention programs. 

At the end of this minor:
  • you can describe psychopathology (e.g., DSM-5, ICD-11) and related prevention/treatment programs (e.g., CBT, BA, psychoeducation) to prevent or treat psychopathology across the lifespan;
  • you can describe relevant issues regarding global health (e.g. lifestyle, stress) and diversity (e.g., gender, ethnicity) in clinical practice; and
  • you can apply your assessment, coaching and research skills during tutorials and while working on assignments about psychopathology, health and prevention. 
This track is meant for third year Bsc Psychology students with an interest in clinical psychology, who do not want to become a clinical psychologist in the Netherlands. Students who want to continue their training to qualify as a clinical psychologist in the Netherlands need to choose the Clinical Psychology track, which requires the ability to speak Dutch.


  1. Psychopathology and prevention: five big mental health issues (lifestyle (e.g. nutrition), stress, depression, identity problems) and the classification systems (DSM, ICD-11) will be discussed in relation to prevention and treatment programs across the lifespan (children, adults, elderly) and used in internationally diverse clinical settings.

  2. Assessment and coaching skills: this course teaches you “to undertake a patient-centered interview which identifies both the person’s main difficulties and areas where the person wishes to see change and/ or recovery, and which makes an accurate assessment of the risk the person poses to self or others.”

  3. Diversity in clinical practice: this course teaches you “the necessary knowledge, attitudes and competencies to operate in an inclusive values-driven service.” “Diversity encompasses the range of cultural norms, including personal, family, social and spiritual values, held by the diverse communities served by the service in which the worker is operating.”

  4. Research tool kit/ epidemiology: practical skills in research methods, review, meta-analysis, RCT.

  5. Psychopharmacology: this course introduces the neurobiological concepts which underlie the psychopharmacological treatment of psychiatric disorders. You will receive basic and clinical information on the action and use of psychopharmacological substances.
 For more information on the courses, please see the study guide.

Admission
This minor is only open to third year BSc students from Psychology.

Registration
Please visit the application procedure for information.

Questions about the programme
If you have detailed questions about the contents of the programme, please contact Annet Kleiboer, a.m.kleiboer@vu.nl.

Overview Psychopathology, Health and Prevention

LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION

English

DURATION

1 semester (30 EC)

START DATE

1 September

STUDY TYPE

Full-time

FIELD OF INTEREST

Behavioural and Social Sciences
Health and Movement

FACULTY

Behavioural and Movement Sciences

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