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Course module: 201500816
201500816
Loss and Psychotrauma
Course infoSchedule
Course code201500816
ECTS Credits5
Category / LevelM (Master)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byFaculty of Social Sciences; Graduate School Sociale Wetenschappen; Clinical Psychology;
Contact persondr. H.A.W. Schut
Telephone+31 30 2539092
E-mailh.schut@uu.nl
Lecturers
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Lecturer
prof. dr. P.A. Boelen
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Lecturer
prof. dr. R.J. Kleber
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Lecturer
dr. J.W. Knipscheer
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Lecturer
G.T.M. Mooren
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Contactperson for the course
dr. H.A.W. Schut
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Teaching period
2  (09/11/2020 to 05/02/2021)
Teaching period in which the course begins
2
Time slot-: Not in use
Study mode
Full-time
RemarkBachelor students cannot register for this course.
Enrolling through OSIRISNo
Enrolment open to students taking subsidiary coursesNo
Pre-enrolmentNo
Waiting listNo
Aims
The course is taught in English.

At the end of this course, students will have:

•Thorough knowledge of psychosocial problems occurring after major life events and their associated risk and protective factors.
•Thorough knowledge of relevant diagnostic and assessment methods and instruments.
•The knowledge and skills to approach the broad spectrum of psychological reactions to major life events from relevant theoretical perspectives and sound empirical knowledge, enabling them able to frame this knowledge in terms of societal relevance and in the context of clinical practice.
•The knowledge and skills to apply evidence-based intervention strategies and methods according to the principles of stepped care.

In both the essay and the written exam, the student will need to reproduce knowledge and demonstrate insight into theory and research findings, assessment instruments and diagnostic systems, as well as evidence-based psychological interventions. Furthermore, the student will have to show ability to connect and combine these topics and reflect critically on them, demonstrating the acquisition of a sound scientific position on the major issues relevant in the course.
Content
Over the lifetime, almost every human being is confronted with more or less stressful life events: e.g. divorce, death of a loved one, sexual abuse, invalidating or life threating illnesses, and crime and violence. On a more global scale, one can think of war, natural or man-made disaster and forced migration. Such major life events usually cause substantial pain and suffering and can trigger psychological and physical problems. Although the majority of the people confronted with such events prove resilient and able deal with and recover from them without professional intervention, a substantial minority develops or threatens to develop complications can that be very serious and lead to psychological and physical disorders.
 
In the master course Loss and Psychotrauma, the consequences of major life events are considered in terms of their manifestations and course, risk and protective factors, and theoretical explanations. Their societal and clinical relevance are explored. The broad spectrum of normal and complicated reactions is addressed, covering roles lay persons, counselors and therapists can play in helping victims cope with such events. Based on evaluation of intervention efficacy studies, the possibilities and limitations of intervention will be critically appraised. During the course, diagnostic systems (e.g. DSM-5) and assessment instruments for posttraumatic stress disorders and complicated grief will be discussed. Several evidence-based interventions (e.g. CBT, EMDR) will be introduced and discussed too.
Competencies
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Entry requirements
You must meet the following requirements
  • Enrolled for a degree programme of faculty Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Enrolled for one of the following degree programmes
    • Applied Cognitive Psychology
    • Child and Adolescent Psychology
    • Clinical and Health Psychology
    • Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology
    • Clinical Child, Family and Education Studies
    • Clinical Psychology
    • Cultural Anthropology: Sustainable Citizenship
    • Education, Socialization and Youth Policies
    • Educational Design and Consultancy
    • Educational Sciences
    • Multiculturalism in comparative perspective
    • Neuropsychology
    • Orthopedagogy
    • Policy Analyses and Organisations
    • Social and organisational psychology
    • Social Policy and Public Health
    • Social Policy and Social Interventions
    • Social Psychology
    • Social, Health and Organisational Psychology
    • Sociology: Contemporary Social Problems
    • Work and Organizational Psychology
    • Youth Studies
    • Youth Studies
    • Youth, Education and Society
Required materials
Items
Academic articles to be determined.
Instructional formats
Lecture

Work group

General remarks
The work groups are scheduled on two whole days.

Class session preparation
Students are expected to study the assigned materials in preparation of every lecture and work group session.

Contribution to group work
Active and cooperative participation in work group sessions and lectures. Ambitious and cooperative attitude towards assignments.

Tests
Essay
Test weight30
Minimum grade5.5

Aspects of student academic development
Academic thinking, working and acting
Intellectual skills
Information study and analysis
Synthesizing and structuring of information
Writing skills (general) - preparing, writing, rewriting and finishing various texts
Communication skills
Debating, arguing
Oral and written command of the Dutch language plus one other modern language
Knowledge leverage in a wider context
Scientific-philosophical context
Ethical perspective
Scientific context
Social / cultural context
Research report analysis and evaluation

Written test 1
Test weight70
Minimum grade5.5

Aspects of student academic development
Academic thinking, working and acting
Intellectual skills
Information study and analysis
Synthesizing and structuring of information
Communication skills
Oral and written command of the Dutch language plus one other modern language
Academic thinking, working and acting: subject/profession-oriented
Knowledge leverage in a wider context
Scientific-philosophical context
Ethical perspective
Scientific context
Social / cultural context

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