Curricular Unit:Code:
Psychopathology, Psychodiagnostic and Psychopharmacology992PDFA
1MasterClinical and Health Psychology8 ects
Learning Period:Language of Instruction:Total Hours:
Winter SemesterPortuguese/English104
Learning Outcomes of the Curricular Unit:
1) Acquisition, development and deepening of knowledge in psychopathology, psychological assessment and psychopharmacology: pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics;
2) Integration of methods, techniques, concepts, models and theories related to biopsychosocial research in psychopathology, diagnosis and psychological and pharmacological interventions; Study of the main agents acting in the CNS and its role in the treatment of some diseases with interest in psychology.
3) Acquisition, development and deepening of knowledge and skills of assessment and psychological intervention in psychopathology
4) To improve oral and written communication skills;
5) To develop a critical attitude and self-criticism, as well as to adopt ethical values.
The course consists of theoretical and practical presentation of psychopathology, psychodiagnosis and psychopharmacology in order to promote the deepening of knowledge in major nosological frameworks of psychopathology, techniques and tools in clinical evaluation and transdiagnosis, and methods of psychological and psychopharmacological intervention. Introduces the general principles of pharmacology, the general cycle and mechanisms of action of drugs in the body and in the CNS and the various categories of drugs used in degenerative and psychiatric disorders .The course promotes reflection on epistemological and methodological issues related to psychopathology, psychodiagnosis and psychopharmacology, as well as on clinical and therapeutical research modalities and intervention.
Demonstration of the Syllabus Coherence with the Curricular Unit's Objectives:
1st Unit: The contents favor the deepening of subjects of psychopathology and psychodiagnosis, allowing to achieve the main goals of the course, namely: to have the knowledge and the capacity to understand psychopathology and psychological diagnosis in order to develop clinical research and intervention; to apply the acquired knowledge in psychopathology and psychodiagnosis and to develop the ability to understand and to assess clinical cases. To develop a critical attitude, a professional deontology and ethical reasoning in clinical psychological profession.
2nd Unit: The contents favor the deepening of theoretical and applied knowledge in psychopharmacology, reaching the main goals of acquisition, development and deepening of knowledge and assessment capabilities of psychopharmacological intervention in psychopathology. The Unit presents the objective of integrating knowledge related to research and intervention in psychopharmacology, developing critical thinking and ethics.
Teaching Methodologies (Including Evaluation):
Teaching methodology will include theoretical lecturing, research, reading and discussion of specific references, as well as thematic debating and critical reflection. Assessment will be continuous and based on two written test, a practical essay, an oral presentation and work discussion, as well as the execution of theoretical and practical tasks in the classroom, and students’ punctuality and attendance.
Demonstration of the Coherence between the Teaching Methodologies and the Learning Outcomes:
1st Unit: Theoretical lectures characterizing the area of psychopathology and psychodiagnosis; Analysis and presentation of scientific articles, books and authors of psychopathology and psychological diagnosis; Individual and group debate in order to develop and deepen the knowledge of the area and and the acquisition and development of research and clinical intervention skills, including the formulation of clinical cases, diagnosis and planning of intervention, transdiagnosis and evaluation of change processes in psychopathology. 2nd Unit: Theoretical lectures characterizing the area of ??psychopharmacology; Research, reading and discussion of professional literature for the acquisition, development and deepening of knowledge and assessment skills in psychopharmacological intervention in psychopathology. Articulation of biomedical knowledge and clinical psychology related to multidisciplinary teamwork, intervention and research, developing a critical attitude and adopting ethical values.
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