psy150 - Clinical Psychology (Complete module description)

psy150 - Clinical Psychology (Complete module description)

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Module label Clinical Psychology
Modulkürzel psy150
Credit points 9.0 KP
Workload 270 h
Institute directory Department of Psychology
Verwendbarkeit des Moduls
  • Master's Programme Neurocognitive Psychology (Master) > Mastermodule
Zuständige Personen
  • Thiel, Christiane Margarete (module responsibility)
  • Thiel, Christiane Margarete (Prüfungsberechtigt)

Enrolment in Master's programme Neurocognitive Psychology.

Skills to be acquired in this module
Goals of the Module:
Students acquire scientifically sound, critical thinking regarding the genesis and
psychopharmacological treatment of various mental illnesses; decision making based on the
medical guidelines and evidence-based practice.

++ Neuropsychological / neurophysiological knowledge
+ experimental methods
+ data presentation & discussion
+ scientific literature
+ critical & analytical thinking
+ knowledge transfer
+ group work
Module contents
The first part of the module provides students with a theoretical and practical background on
neurobiological and neurochemical bases of psychiatric disorders and pharmacological
interventions. This will be complemented by psychiatric interviews in simulated patients
focussing on psychopathological assessment. In the second part, the students will learn to plan
and assess the effectiveness of psychological interventions for selected disorders.

Part 1: Neurobiological basis of psychiatric disorders and pharmacological intervention
(lecture and seminar): winter
Basics of neurotransmitter systems and psychopharmacology
Substance Abuse (e.g. psychostimulants, hallucinogenics)
Anxiety Disorders
Alzheimer's Disease
psychopathological assessment

The seminar (voluntary) will be given in German as clinicians and patient actors are involved.
Part 2: Psychological interventions within the framework of evidence-based medicine
(3 seminars to chose from, one partly in German): summer
The seminars focus on concepts of evidence based treatment:
- with application to acquired dysfunctions of the brain (2.1)
- to selected psychiatric disorders (2.2)
- with application to trauma- and stress-related psychiatric disorders. Special emphasis is placed on children and adolescents (2.3)
1. Students attend both parts 2.1 and 2.2
2. Students attend the first four classes of 2.1 in addition to part 2.3
For summer term 2025, the seminars will most likely be restructured.
  • Meyer, J.S. & Qenzer, L.F. (2018) Psychopharmacology: Drugs, the Brain and
    Behaviour. Sunderland, MA: Sinauer Associates. (part 1)
  • Kring, A.M, Johnson, S.L., Davison, G.C., & Neale, J.M., (2012) Abnormal Psychology.
    John Wiley & Sons (12th ed) (introductory literature)
  • Selected papers (part 2)
Languages of instruction English , German
Duration (semesters) 2 Semester
Module frequency Part 1 will be offered every winter term, part 2 every summer term.
Module capacity unlimited
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Please note:
Parts of this module that teach clinical contents will be taught in German (partly with accompanying English materials). All mandatory parts are taught in English. German knowledge is not necessary to successfully complete the module.

Type of module Pflicht / Mandatory
Module level MM (Mastermodul / Master module)
Teaching/Learning method Part 1: lecture and seminar: part 2: seminar
Form of instruction Comment SWS Frequency Workload of compulsory attendance
Lecture 2 WiSe 28
Seminar 4 SoSe und WiSe 56
Präsenzzeit Modul insgesamt 84 h
Examination Prüfungszeiten Type of examination
Final exam of module

The module will be tested with a written exam (2 h) on the contents of the lecture in part 1.

Required active participation for gaining credits:
1 presentation (or if no presentation is offered in the seminar: reading and discussion of papers)
participation in discussions on other presentations
attendance of at least 70% in both seminars in part 2 within one semester (will be checked in StudIP).