Curricular Unit:Code:
Applied Psychology845PSIA
3UndergraduateNutrition Sciences2 ects
Learning Period:Language of Instruction:Total Hours:
Winter SemesterPortuguese/English26
Learning Outcomes of the Curricular Unit:
With this course it is intended that the students acquire knowledge in the area of psychology in order to assist in thorough and proper understanding of the nutritional intervention models to customer specifications, thus contributing to enhance the effectiveness of its intervention.
It is intended, in particular, students deepen the knowledge of signs and symptoms of disorders of food and ingestion, as well as the psychological characteristics that may contribute to the development and / or maintenance of excess weight and the difficulties in adherence to treatment.
Unit 1. Applied Psychology at Nutrition Sciences
1.1. Psychosocial Determinants of Feeding Behavior
1.2. Disturbances Food and Ingestion
1.3. Excess Weight and Obesity
Unit 2. Communication and Relationship Therapy in Nutritional Sciences
2.1. Patient-Centered Communication and Motivational Interviewing
2.2. Acquisition and Development of Intervention Skills in Changing Attitudes and Behaviors in the Context of Health and Clinical Nutrition
Demonstration of the Syllabus Coherence with the Curricular Unit's Objectives:
The unit 1 will descriptive and organizational exposure target within the classroom and its contents will still be explored applied form (clinical cases) in the context of theoretical and practical classes .
The unit 2 will target a framed display and ordered the communication of practical skills involved in the context of consultation and discussion about the relationship that may be established. Here run the realization of communication skills training exercises, giving application opportunity of comunication and couselling skills involved in role-play situations.
Teaching Methodologies (Including Evaluation):
The evaluation adopted is continuous , consisting of specific practices (i+ii+iii) - work that is systematized in a final report (50%) - and an written test for measuring knowledge (50% of the final grade) .
(i) exploration of psychosocial determinants of eating behavior performed by students from scientific articles;
(ii) presentation and discussion of clinical cases that allow students to apply in practice the diagnostic criteria of the disorder addressed theoretically;
(iii) acquisition and development of intervention skills in changing attitudes and behaviors and promoting critical classroom debate.
Obtaining a rating lower than 10 (ten) prevents approval to the course by continuous assessment and requires the student to complete the final semester exam for certification of skills involved.
Demonstration of the Coherence between the Teaching Methodologies and the Learning Outcomes:
Explanatory and active/participative methodologies are adopted. Psychosocial determinants of eating behavior are explored actively by students through the analysis of papers focused on diverse variables. Eating disorders and atypical eating behaviors are presented through clinical cases that allow students to apply in a practical way the theoretical diagnosis criteria learned. Students are also encouraged to build clinical interviews for children, teenagers and adults, operationalizing in a practical way the theoretical knowledge acquired. Role play strategies are also adopted to train communication strategies according to the Motivational Interview Model.
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Miller, W.R., & Rollnick, S. (2018). Entrevista Motivacional: preparando as pessoas para a mudança (3ª Ed.). Lisboa: Climepsi Editores.
Ogden, J. (2003). The psychology of eating: From healthy to disordered behavior. United Kingdom: Blackwell Publishing.
Rollnick, S., Miller, W., & Butler, C. (2008). Entrevista Motivacional no Cuidado da Saúde: Ajudando Pacientes a Mudar o Comportamento. Artmed.
Viana, T.C., & Leal, I. (Eds) (2013). Sintomas Alimentares, Cultura, Corpo e Obesidade: Questões clínicas e de avaliação. Lisboa: Placebo, Editora.