2023-2024 / PSYC0530-1

Introduction to the psychology of disability and atypical development


15h Th

Number of credits

 Bachelor in physiotherapy and rehabilitation2 crédits 


Annick Comblain

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

The course aims to familiarize the student with various situations of handicap and to the work in multidisciplinary team. The role of the physiotherapist within a team will also be addressed.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

At the end of the course, students will gain awareness of the main characteristics of the psychological development of people with physical or mental disabilities and will have a better understanding of the psychological issues of interventions and of the role of the physiotherapist in this process.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills


Planned learning activities and teaching methods

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

Face-to-face course

Additional information:

Podcast available

Recommended or required readings


Slides and videos

Bibliography to go further 

Rondal, JA & Comblain, A. (Eds.) 2001 Manuel de Psychologie des Handicaps. Sémiologie et principes de remédiation. Sprimont : Mardaga.

Pagès, V. (2015) Handicaps et psychopathologies. Paris. Dunod (especially chapter 13)

Nader-Grobois, N. (2015) Psychologie du handicap. Bruxelles. De Boeck

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam ( multiple-choice questionnaire, open-ended questions )

Additional information:

Open-ended long and short answer questions (50%) including questions (QROL SMART questionnaires) :

- knowledge

- integration  (reflection on concrete cases)

QCM (50%)

The scoring of questions takes into account:

- clarity of the answers

- precision of the technical terms used

N.B.: a penalty is provided for in the event of irrelevant or false elements in the answer, even if the answer is globally correct

The subject of the exam includes:

- slides

- the oral course (comments on the slides, examples, illustrations)

- illustration videos (even if they are not fully seen during the course)

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

Professionals will come to explain the acquired pathologiesand the role of
the physiotherapist in their management.



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