2023-2024 / PSYC0008-1

Introduction to clinical psychology


20h Th, 10h Pr

Number of credits

 Bachelor in psychology and education : speech and language therapy3 crédits 
 Bachelor in psychology and education : general3 crédits 


Maria Elena Brianda


Maria Elena Brianda

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

This course aims at introducing students to the history and practice of clinical psychology.

  • Beyond theoretical notions, concrete examples will be used throughout the course sessions.
  • A summary and a conclusion will also be offered to students at the end of the term.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

After successfully completing the course, students will be able to:

  • to have a clear and appropriate representation of the history, purpose and contexts of clinical psychology as well as the identity and training of the clinical psychologist;
  • to develop clear, precise and appropriate illustrations of basic concepts in clinical psychology from the various bibliographical sources;
  • to know the main methods in clinical psychology and to appreciate their resources and limitations;
  • to reflect on the benefits and limits of applying the principles of the evidence-based practice to clinical psychology;
  • to understand, know and integrate the essential concepts of each clinical approach.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills


Planned learning activities and teaching methods

  • Ex cathedra courses
  • Interactive classes with professionals who will come to share their clinical experience.
  • eLearning

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Presential and online

Recommended or required readings

The exam will cover the following reading material (which is required) :

  • Slides (posted weekly on myULiège)
  • Personal notes
  • Book chapters and papers expanding on the topics covered in class (posted on myULiège)

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam ( multiple-choice questionnaire )

Additional information:

Written exam - in presence - in January, June and August.

Work placement(s)


Organisational remarks and main changes to the course



Maria Elena Brianda: Mariaelena.Brianda@uliege.be

Association of one or more MOOCs

The MOOC entitled 'Psychologue et orthophoniste : l'EBP au service du patient (Y2)' is associated with this course.

Additional information:

The contents of this MOOC will be available on eCampus.