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General Health Psychology

Programme

  • Credits: 90 ECTS credits
  • Type of programme: Taught course. Full time.
  • Calendar: Start in September (a year and a half).
  • Course venue: University of Deusto in Bilbao
  • Faculty: Faculty of Psychology and Education
  • Timetable: 3 days per week, 3:30 pm- 7:30 pm
  • Language of instruction: Spanish
  • Number of places: 75
  • Qualifications: Master’s degree in General Health Psychology (official Spanish diploma)

Internships

Objective

Internships enable students to apply knowledge and skills acquired during the undergraduate programme while they have their first experience in the world of work and improve their CVs, giving them an edge on the job market. The Faculty has signed internship agreements with over 200 centres and will ensure that each student is offered an internship that is a good fit.


Structure and length

Internships are integrated as a compulsory subject area for all the students enrolled, accounting for 30 ETCS credits structured as three different subjects:

practicas PGS
Subjects ECTS Length Semester
Internship I 12 240 hrs. at the host centre, and 60 hrs. of tutorial sessions at the University and students’ independent work. Second semester (First Year)
Internship II 12 240 hrs. at the host centre, and 60 hrs. of tutorial sessions at the University and students’ personal independent work. First semester (Second year)
Internship III 6 120 hrs. at the host centre, and 30 hrs. of tutorial sessions at the University and students’ independent work. First semester (Second year)

If there are available places, it is possible to complete the internships intensively during the first academic year of the Master’s or during the summer months, provided the necessary academic permission and that of the centre are granted.


Fields for the internship

The fields for internships are the following:

  • Adult track: This field mainly centres on promoting or re-establishing psychological health. The tasks consist of work with adults who have mental problems, imbalances or disorders. The internship centres associated with this model may be hospitals, public and private psychiatric hospitals, mental health facilities, adult psychiatric units, private practices, centres for specific problems (such as personality or eating disorders or psychoses), among others. The partner centres are benchmarks in their field. Among the most outstanding are Aita Menni and Avances Médicos S.A.
  • Child track: This field mainly centres on promoting or re-establishing psychological health. The tasks focus on two areas:
    - Work with children and adolescents who have mental problems, imbalances or disorders.
    - Work with children and adolescents affected by psychological problems caused by illness or disabilities.
    The internship centres associated with this model may be child and youth mental health services, child and youth psychiatric units, private practices or problem-specific centres (APNABI, Ikasbila), among others.
  • Women and Family track: This academic track focuses on development of evaluation and intervention competences related to various family problems. It centres on prevention of risk situations which are directly affected by the family environment and also seeks to develop skills and competences to promote or re-establish psychological well-being and quality of life. Some of the associated problems are: intra-familiar violence, interparental conflicts, marital difficulties, etc. This type of internship can be undertaken in private practices, family and marriage counselling and therapy services or those working with sexuality and relationship problems. Hobetzen, Lagungo and Biko-Arloak regularly offer internship positions for this specialist field.
  • Neuropsychology track: This option focuses on evaluation and intervention with persons who have neuropsychological symptoms (cognitive, functional, emotional or behavioural deficits) caused by mental disorders (i.e. schizophrenia) or a neurological pathology or injury (acquired cerebral damage, attention deficit and hyperactivity, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, dementia, etc.).
    The internships are undertaken in child and adult neuropsychology services, mental health centres (for instance, Aita Menni), associations such as ADEMBI, Apnabi), nursing homes, etc.

All the subjects in the internship will be completed in a single specialist field. Students can indicate the preferred area for their internship and the internship coordinator will be responsible for placement assignations, evaluating their interests and grade-point average.


Internship centres

All the centres collaborating with the practical training of the Master’s degree in General Health Psychology fulfil the regulating criteria Master ECD/1070/2013. The partner centres, etc. form part of Osakidetza (mental health network and general hospitals), health offices and private practices, private hospitals, foundations and associations.

Regarding assignment of students to different centres, the University is ultimately responsible for deciding which students are the best fit for each internship vacancy. The University bases this decision on evaluation of the requirements recommended by the host centre (e.g. language skills, place of residence…), students’ interests, educational background (indicated by the student in the pre-enrolment form) and academic transcripts. The tutors of each educational track will assign the vacancies to students.

Internship centres


Clinical supervision

Clinical supervision is an opportunity for Master's students to reflect on their theoretical knowledge as they are monitored by a clinical professor with proven experience in clinical intervention. Students also concentrate on their personal competences and people and communication skills.

The supervising professor works with the student to analyse clinical cases, focusing on diagnosis, therapeutic techniques and treatment. The supervision model proposed is based on the biopsychosocial integrative model, making use of said therapeutic approach.

"The strong point of these sessions is that they prompt us to reflect and question the model from which we approach an intervention, forming a hypothesis about the case, the adequacy of what is proposed for this or the needs of the person we are assisting.

All of the above implies learning to be more flexible when making judgements, diagnoses and planning interventions in our professional practice. Each student has the responsibility of getting involved to a greater or lesser extent in these sessions. It provides an excellent opportunity to compare, put into practice and improve our skills and self-knowledge as psychologists."

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Clinical supervision

"The strong point of these sessions is that they prompt us to reflect and question the model from which we approach an intervention, forming a hypothesis about the case, the adequacy of what is proposed for this or the needs of the person we are assisting.

All of the above implies learning to be more flexible when making judgements, diagnoses and planning interventions in our professional practice. Each student has the responsibility of getting involved to a greater or lesser extent in these sessions. It provides an excellent opportunity to compare, put into practice and improve our skills and self-knowledge as psychologists."

Marta González , Class of 2016

 

Programme

  • Credits: 90 ECTS credits
  • Type of programme: Taught course. Full time.
  • Calendar: Start in September (a year and a half).
  • Course venue: University of Deusto in Bilbao
  • Faculty: Faculty of Psychology and Education
  • Timetable: 3 days per week, 3:30 pm- 7:30 pm
  • Language of instruction: Spanish
  • Number of places: 75
  • Qualifications: Master’s degree in General Health Psychology (official Spanish diploma)

Internships

Objective

Internships enable students to apply knowledge and skills acquired during the undergraduate programme while they have their first experience in the world of work and improve their CVs, giving them an edge on the job market. The Faculty has signed internship agreements with over 200 centres and will ensure that each student is offered an internship that is a good fit.


Structure and length

Internships are integrated as a compulsory subject area for all the students enrolled, accounting for 30 ETCS credits structured as three different subjects:

practicas PGS
Subjects ECTS Length Semester
Internship I 12 240 hrs. at the host centre, and 60 hrs. of tutorial sessions at the University and students’ independent work. Second semester (First Year)
Internship II 12 240 hrs. at the host centre, and 60 hrs. of tutorial sessions at the University and students’ personal independent work. First semester (Second year)
Internship III 6 120 hrs. at the host centre, and 30 hrs. of tutorial sessions at the University and students’ independent work. First semester (Second year)

If there are available places, it is possible to complete the internships intensively during the first academic year of the Master’s or during the summer months, provided the necessary academic permission and that of the centre are granted.


Fields for the internship

The fields for internships are the following:

  • Adult track: This field mainly centres on promoting or re-establishing psychological health. The tasks consist of work with adults who have mental problems, imbalances or disorders. The internship centres associated with this model may be hospitals, public and private psychiatric hospitals, mental health facilities, adult psychiatric units, private practices, centres for specific problems (such as personality or eating disorders or psychoses), among others. The partner centres are benchmarks in their field. Among the most outstanding are Aita Menni and Avances Médicos S.A.
  • Child track: This field mainly centres on promoting or re-establishing psychological health. The tasks focus on two areas:
    - Work with children and adolescents who have mental problems, imbalances or disorders.
    - Work with children and adolescents affected by psychological problems caused by illness or disabilities.
    The internship centres associated with this model may be child and youth mental health services, child and youth psychiatric units, private practices or problem-specific centres (APNABI, Ikasbila), among others.
  • Women and Family track: This academic track focuses on development of evaluation and intervention competences related to various family problems. It centres on prevention of risk situations which are directly affected by the family environment and also seeks to develop skills and competences to promote or re-establish psychological well-being and quality of life. Some of the associated problems are: intra-familiar violence, interparental conflicts, marital difficulties, etc. This type of internship can be undertaken in private practices, family and marriage counselling and therapy services or those working with sexuality and relationship problems. Hobetzen, Lagungo and Biko-Arloak regularly offer internship positions for this specialist field.
  • Neuropsychology track: This option focuses on evaluation and intervention with persons who have neuropsychological symptoms (cognitive, functional, emotional or behavioural deficits) caused by mental disorders (i.e. schizophrenia) or a neurological pathology or injury (acquired cerebral damage, attention deficit and hyperactivity, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, dementia, etc.).
    The internships are undertaken in child and adult neuropsychology services, mental health centres (for instance, Aita Menni), associations such as ADEMBI, Apnabi), nursing homes, etc.

All the subjects in the internship will be completed in a single specialist field. Students can indicate the preferred area for their internship and the internship coordinator will be responsible for placement assignations, evaluating their interests and grade-point average.


Internship centres

All the centres collaborating with the practical training of the Master’s degree in General Health Psychology fulfil the regulating criteria Master ECD/1070/2013. The partner centres, etc. form part of Osakidetza (mental health network and general hospitals), health offices and private practices, private hospitals, foundations and associations.

Regarding assignment of students to different centres, the University is ultimately responsible for deciding which students are the best fit for each internship vacancy. The University bases this decision on evaluation of the requirements recommended by the host centre (e.g. language skills, place of residence…), students’ interests, educational background (indicated by the student in the pre-enrolment form) and academic transcripts. The tutors of each educational track will assign the vacancies to students.

Internship centres


Clinical supervision

Clinical supervision is an opportunity for Master's students to reflect on their theoretical knowledge as they are monitored by a clinical professor with proven experience in clinical intervention. Students also concentrate on their personal competences and people and communication skills.

The supervising professor works with the student to analyse clinical cases, focusing on diagnosis, therapeutic techniques and treatment. The supervision model proposed is based on the biopsychosocial integrative model, making use of said therapeutic approach.

"The strong point of these sessions is that they prompt us to reflect and question the model from which we approach an intervention, forming a hypothesis about the case, the adequacy of what is proposed for this or the needs of the person we are assisting.

All of the above implies learning to be more flexible when making judgements, diagnoses and planning interventions in our professional practice. Each student has the responsibility of getting involved to a greater or lesser extent in these sessions. It provides an excellent opportunity to compare, put into practice and improve our skills and self-knowledge as psychologists."

Logo de la Universidad de Deusto

Clinical supervision

"The strong point of these sessions is that they prompt us to reflect and question the model from which we approach an intervention, forming a hypothesis about the case, the adequacy of what is proposed for this or the needs of the person we are assisting.

All of the above implies learning to be more flexible when making judgements, diagnoses and planning interventions in our professional practice. Each student has the responsibility of getting involved to a greater or lesser extent in these sessions. It provides an excellent opportunity to compare, put into practice and improve our skills and self-knowledge as psychologists."

Marta González , Class of 2016