Clinical Psychology - track Psychotherapy

The specializations in clinical psychology at WISP are based on the belief that psychological well-being and psychological disorders are best understood by combining insights from different disciplines. Psychological disorders are not solely a matter of mental issues, nor is it only being rooted in abnormal brain processes; pathologies exist on a continuum that includes the mental and the biological. The scope of this specialization therefore is broad and integrative. For instance, instead of treating psychotherapy and neuropsychology as separate fields, they are taught jointly, complementary to each other. This approach also connects well with the work field of clinical psychologists, where teams are often multidisciplinary. Having a broad background affords graduates to not only understand phenomena from different angles, but also allows them to better understand and communicate with other professionals. 

Hence, introductory courses related to different domains of clinical psychology are shared between the tracks of psychotherapy and neuropsychology. The tracks differ in that they specialize further in one or the other direction. 

The psychotherapy track focuses mainly on the two most predominant psychotherapeutic approaches: Psychodynamic and Cognitive Behavioral. Courses cover the underlying theory and assumptions of both approaches, as well as train students in psychotherapeutic techniques of both. In addition, students are offered the opportunity (in the form of elective courses) to themselves experience psychotherapy as clients and  to gain first experience in conducting psychotherapy with real clients, under the supervision of an experienced psychotherapist. Note that these last two courses are elective courses that do not count towards completion of the specialization and are not required to complete the specialization.

The table underneath provides an overview of the courses offered within the specialization. From time to time changes are made to the courses offered, or their timing; for the most up to date overview of courses offered within the specialization and detailed descriptions of the courses, please see the link on the left: course offer.

Year 4 semester Hours ECTS
Psychodynamic and Cognitive-Behavioural Models of Mental Disorders winter 30 3
Introduction to Psychotherapy winter 30 3
Psychiatry winter 30 3
Introduction to Clinical Neuropsychology winter 30 3
Diagnosis and Rehabilitation in Clinical Neuropsychology winter 30 3
Clinical Diagnosistic Testing summer 30 2
Clinical Diagnosis in an In-Patient setting summer 30 2
Basic Issues in Neuropsychological Assessment summer 30 3
Psychodynamic Psychotherapy summer 30 3
Techniques in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy summer 30 2
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy summer 30 3
Techniques in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy summer 30 2
Year 5 semester Hours ECTS
Ethics in Therapeutic Contexts winter 15 2
Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology winter 30 3
Neuropsychiatry winter 15 2
Culture and Psychopathology: Cross-Cultural Perspectives and Practice winter 15 2
Cross-Cultural Neuropsychological Assessment winter 15 2
Psychopharmacology for Psychologists summer 15 2
Advances in Humanistic and Existential Psychotherapy summer 15 2
Research Methods summer 15 2
Systemic Family Therapy summer 15 2
Couple Therapy summer 15 2
Optional courses offered to students in the final year of the specialization* semester hours ECTS
Self Experience in Psychotherapy winter 45 3
Practice in Psychotherapy wint + sum 120 12

*  The courses are elective courses primarily foreseen for students of this specialization, but they are not formal specialization courses and so do not count towards completion of the specialization and are not required to complete the specialization