developmental psychopathology, child oriented psychotherapy
Position of the Course
- To understand the basic theoretical principles, specific methods and intervention techniques in developmental
psychotherapy for children, adolescents and adults.
- To posses attitudes and skills with respect to the dynamics and handling of problems and issues in developmental
In this course the following topics are discussed:
Topics covered as part of this include a developmental psychopathological approach to tics, eating disorders, self-mutilation,
fear of failure, compulsive acts, post-traumatic stress, aggression, alcohol and substance abuse.
As part of the practical session, the above topics are explored in-depth by adopting a developmental psychopathological
approach to clinical issues with students being taught how to adequately analyse the issue.
- principles of intervention focussed diagnostics;
- vulnerability studies;
- developments in ‘evidence based mental health’ and ‘stepped care’ related to children and adolescents;
- the interpretation of meta-analyses, effectivity studies (RCT’s), moderator analyses and predictor analyses;
- developmental tasks;
- contextual factors in clinical work with children;
- specific areas of focus in adolescents;
- psychotherapy aimed at youths and multidisciplinary methods of operation.
- To be able to understand basic concepts and basic methodologies of developmental psychopathology and to apply them
- To be able to differentiate disorders in children and to distinguish relevant etiological or maintaining factors; to be able to
recognize and formulate research questions in this field.
- To be able to analyse clinical problems from a developmental psychopathological frame of reference.
- To be able to situate the recent developments within the field of psychopathology and to reflect critically on these.
- To be able to analyse a psychological problem in a child from a developmental psychopathological point of view, select
relevant methodologies, apply them correctly and report on them.
Teaching and Learning Material
- To be open to collaborating on practice-oriented scientific research from the work situation.
- To be oriented towards seeking out and implementing empirically supported psychological intervention methods.
- To acquire the skill to analyse and interpret data in the most appropriate way.
- To learn to set up and carry out an optimal research plan in consultation with clients and team mates.
- To be proficient in consultation in a clinical-psychological context.
Cost: 50.0 EUR
- Textbook (also see first year second cycle): J. Rigter (2002).
- Ontwikkelingspsychopathologie bij kinderen en jeugdigen. Bussum: Coutinho.
- Readers containing selected chapters and relevant articles.
- Practicum materials.
- Pameijer, N.K. (1995). Richtlijnen voor handelingsgerichte diagnostiek. In: De Bruyn, E.E.J., Pameijer, N.K., Ruyssenaars, A.J.J.M. & Van Aarle, E.J.M. (eds). Diagnostische besluitvorming : handleiding bij het doorlopen van de diagnostische cyclus. Leuven: ACCO.
- Hibbs, E.D., Jensen, P.S. (1996). Psychosocial Treatments for Child and Adolescent Disorders. Empirically based strategies for clinical practice. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
- Interactive support using MINERVA.
- By appointment.
- Lectures with practical demonstrations.
- Case studies and topics in small groups, under supervision.
- Use of one-way screens, video, role-play and other action techniques.
A combination of periodical and non-periodical evaluation.
The exam and the continuous evaluation will count both for 1/2 of the final grade.
- Written examination with open questions.
- Evaluation of the progress made during the year and of a paper.