Clinical Psychology and Counselling

The Master in Clinical Psychology and Counselling is crucial for professional accreditation in Psychology. It allows students to further their theoretical knowledge on human beings and their issues, as well as develop specific skills in psychological intervention, for example, in clinical practice in helping relationship and counselling; in several professional situations in which relation skills are decisive, as in team management, institutional or professional relations management; in psychological assessment; in psychological diagnosis).
Though theoretical learning is included, important to consolidate knowledge on psychology, experiential learning is favoured which allows for integrated perspective on psychological intervention. As an example, in the courses on Counselling and Family Therapy I and II, professional psychodrama is used, which is considered an experiential learning tool; in the CUs Transdisciplinary Topics in Psychology, students actively participate in organizing and disseminating conferences.
In the 2nd year (semesters 3 and 4), students should prepare and present a dissertation or they should do a curricular traineeship and write the traineeship report or a mix of the two (dissertation, traineeship, traineeship report). Students are able to do their traineeship in different institutions, namely, in primary health care, in hospitals, in teaching and rehab institutions, in nursing homes and support centres to different populations and issues.
The Master degree in Clinical Psychology and Counselling is awarded upon completion of the CUs and approval of Dissertation (Research) or Traineeship Report (Traineeship) or in both (mix).


Program Specificities

Students can observe Psychology and Speech Therapy appointments (by lecturers in the Bachelor in Psychology at UAL, psychologists accredited by the Portuguese Psychology Association – OPP);
• Personal Development and Academic Integration Workshop (carried out at the beginning of the academic year).
The Counselling Office (GAPS) provides psychological support to all those in the academic community going through personal problems.
Students have access to Psychometric and Neurosciences Labs; participation in the Mentoring office. The best Master students may apply to a scholarship, which will allow them to provide support to Bachelor students struggling at university; the Master dissertations are integrated in the research conducted in the Psychology Research Centre (CIP); Master supervisors are members of CIP.
Development of extracurricular solidarity activities. Active participation of students in organizing such activities fosters their social, personal and professional skills.

In semesters 3 and 4 choose only one of the groups (a), (b) or (c).

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