2023-2024 / PSYC1005-1

Psychiatry and clinical psychopharmalogy


30h Th

Number of credits

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


Gabrielle Scantamburlo

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

Psychiatry is a medical speciality that focuses on the biopsychosocial study of the aetiology, assessment, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of psychiatric disorders, which occur alone or combined with other disorders of medical or surgical origin.
Psychopharmacology, through the basic principles of neurochemistry and neuroanatomy, explores the main classes of pharmacological agents used in Psychiatry, depending on the clinical syndromes.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

At the end of the course, students will be able to:
- Detect the signs and symptoms of common psychiatric disorders
- Identify risk factors and prevention for psychiatric disorders
- Communicate with the patient respectfully without showing stigma
- For each disorder: 1) be familiar with the epidemiological data; 2) apply the steps of the diagnosis by incorporating the decision-making algorithms, semiology and differential diagnosis; 3) argue the therapeutic possibilities by integrating the etiopathogenic mechanisms
- For each class of pharmacological agents used in Psychiatry: 1) know the mechanisms of action; 2) Understand the clinical implications; 3) Know the side effects and possible interactions
  - Recognize clinical situations where interprofessional collaboration would be indicated

Prerequisite knowledge and skills


Planned learning activities and teaching methods

This course is mainly taught through lectures, presented in modular form and accompanied by discussions, educational video clips and a link with society. With the aim of favouring the active appropriation of knowledge, an online course is associated with the lectures and is available on eCampus. The subject is intentionally fragmented into short segments to favour its integration.

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

Blended learning

Additional information:

Online classes are available on eCampus.

Recommended or required readings

The reference work for the course, the "Référentiel de Psychiatre", is available online for free on eCampus, in the toolbox section. Here, you will also find decision-making algorithms, a psychiatry medical observation guide and a link to a free illustrated semiology application (AESP).

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam

Additional information:

The student must bring his ULg student card and his identity card to attend all the tests, under penalty of being refused access and consideration of the test.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course



Prof G. Scantamburlo: Gabrielle.Scantamburlo@uliege.be
Secretariat: psychiatrie@uliege.be 
Students are expected to observe the rules of common courtesy. No response will be given to any mail that doesn't comply with these criteria.

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