2023-2024 / PSYC0120-1

Introduction to medical psychology


15h Th

Number of credits

 Bachelor in dentistry2 crédits 
 Bachelor in medicine2 crédits 


Jean-Marc Triffaux

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

The place of medical psychology is defined in the field of scientific medicine. Developmental psychology during childhood, adolescence and adulthood is discussed as a bio-psycho-social approach.
The specific psychological aspects to the doctor-patient relationship are thematically introduced. In an integrative perspective of psychic functioning, new discoveries in neurosciences are integrated with cognitive-behavioral and psychodynamic models.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

Place of medical psychology in the field of scientific medicine. Concepts of health, illness, mental health. The bio-psycho-social model.
The Human Psychology : the greats paradigms. 
Developmental Psychology. The conscious and the three unconscious.Psychological impacts of life events. Elements of communication theory. The doctor-patient relationship. The new science of mind.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills


Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Active attendance at classes is highly recommended.
The reading of scientific articles and the analysis of video sequences willbe part of the teaching methods.

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

face-to-face or e-learning according to health education 

Recommended or required readings

Pr JM TRIFFAUX : Introduction à la psychologie médicale (diaporamas).
TISSERON Serge : L'empathie au coeur du jeu social (Ed Albin Michel, 2010).
BIOY Antoine :"L'aide mémoire de psychologie médicale et de psychologie du soin", Editions Dunod 2012.

Any session :

- In-person

written exam ( multiple-choice questionnaire )

- Remote

written exam ( multiple-choice questionnaire )

- If evaluation in "hybrid"

preferred remote

Additional information:

Written exam Duration: to define QCM, possibility of QROC 

Assessment criteria: Knowledge of theory Ability to put the information into perspective Applications to new cases or situations Ability to summarize; ability to present the answers with clarity

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course


Professeur J-M TRIFFAUX  Hôpital de jour Universitaire La Clé - 153 Boulevard de la constitution - 4020 LIEGE Tél : 04/342 65 96
jmtriffaux@uliege.be Secretary : Madame H. GREIMERS- Tél : 04/344 69 43

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