The main goal of this course is to introduce the student to the basic concepts, issues, and me­thods in the field of Clinical Psychology, which is concerned mainly with its scopes, functions, and practices, reviewing a full range of the most important theoretical and practical perspectives in psychodiagnostics and psychotherapies.

Although great diversity exists among investigators and practitioners in Clinical Psychology, all have a common goal: the desire to understand, predict and/or alleviate intellectual, emotional, biological, psychological, social and/or behavior maladjustment, disability and discomfort of human beings.

Another objective of the course is to promote the development of critical thinking in the field of Clinical Psychology, especially in psychodiagnostics and psychotherapies, to prepare the students to be cautious and analytical consumers of information on matters related to these topics. A third goal of the course is that students can understand better the risks of certain factors for the promotion of people's development and the maintenance of mental health and well-being, and this knowledge can favor the achievement and preservation of their own mental health development and wellness, as well as the development and wellness of others related to them privately or professionally.

Besides the theoretical learning, the students should come away from this course with a better appreciation of their own cognitive, emotional, social and psychological development, as well as of others, and each one’s potential and abilities to fulfill personal requirements to develop the clinical attitude necessary for a career in the field. The students will also perform practical applications of psychological tests, and do a research project related to mental health care intervention at a mental health organization in Zeeland (Emergis).

This course will include different methods of teaching, combining lectures, videos and other audiovisual means, exercises, interviews with mental health patients and/or staff of a mental health organization, experiments and/or research, students’ presentations and discussions and essay-writing. This course will also include supervised research projects in mental health care.