Introduction to clinical psychology

Study level: Undergraduate study programme in psychology
Lecturers: Nataša Jokić-Begić, Ph.D.,  Tanja Jurin, Ph.D.
Language: Croatian
Semester: 6th (summer)
Status: mandatory
Form of instruction with class hours: 30 hours of lectures
Prerequisites: Introduction to psychopathology
Student evaluation: No exam. Student grades will be based on in-class activity assessments.

Course description

Definition of clinical psychology, similarities and differences in relations with other disciplines. Clinical psychology throughout history. Models of normal and abnormal psychology. Criterion of normality. Approaches in clinical psychology. The biological paradigm. The psychoanalytic paradigm. Learning paradigms. The cognitive paradigm. Consequences of adopting a paradigm. Diathesis-stress paradigm. Basic methods in clinical assessment. Main fields of clinical psychology. Research methods in the study of abnormal behavior.

Course objectives

Students will understand specific characteristics of clinical psychology. To introduce main fields of clinical psychology. They will understand problems and criterion for defining normal and abnormal psychology. To familiarize students with current paradigms in clinical psychology, with pros and cons of adopting a paradigm, and modern tendencies toward integration. Students will get acquainted with basic methods in clinical assessment.

Required readings

Nietzel, M.T., Bernstein D.A., Milich, A. (2001). Uvod u kliničku psihologiju. Jastrebarsko: Naklada Slap. (selected chapters)

Davison G.C., Neale J.M. (1999). Psihologija abnormalnog doživljavanja i ponašanja. Jastrebarsko: Naklada Slap. (selected chapters)

Required readings

Biro, M., Butollo, W. (Eds.) (2000) Klinička psihologija, Novi Sad: Katedra za kliničku psihologiju, Ludwig Maximilians Universität i Futura publikacije.