2023-2024 / PSYC1008-3

The clinical approach in psychology


25h Th, 45h Pr

Number of credits

 Bachelor in psychology and education : general5 crédits 


Nancy Durieux, Xavier Schmitz, Aurélie Wagener

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

All year long


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

This course introduces students to the clinical approach in psychology, and more specifically to the following elements:

  • Application of the Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) approach;
  • Psychological examination: from the anamnesis to the conclusions;
  • Clinical interview: listening, analysing the request, regulation, interview tools;
  • Observation methods: decoding reality, characteristics of the observation, advantages and limitations;
  • Psychometric evaluation: the use of standardised tests, their psychometric´ quality, the elements to be taken into account when interpreting the results obtained, taking into account the normative reference data;
  • The submission of oral and written conclusions.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

The course is designed to provide students with the basics of the application of EBP : psychological examination, interviewing and observation. At the end of this course, the student will be able to use professional communication to take a anamnesis, to make an initial analysis of the results obtained using established standards and to have a critical view of the conclusions reached.
The student will be familiar with the modalities and techniques of the clinical psychology interview.




Prerequisite knowledge and skills

A good knowledge of searching for evidence, statistics and psychometrics is required: it is worthwhile to review from time to time the material from previous courses, such as introduction to literature search, psychostatistics and introduction to measurement theories and methods in psychological sciences and educational sciences.


Planned learning activities and teaching methods

This course is based on lectures, elearning (eCampus and MOOC), and exercises to be done in groups.


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

Blended learning

Additional information:

Blended learning, during both semesters.

Additional information:

*MOOC: Several modules of the MOOC "Psychologist and speech therapist: EBP at the service of the patient" must be completed. Access to this MOOC will require prior registration.

*Two cycles of face-to-face exercise sessions will be organised:

TP 1 - Practice of interview techniques (four 2-hour sessions): compulsory attendance, with registration.

TP 2 - Integrative exercise (three 2-hour sessions): optional participation.

Details and timetables will be communicated during the course.


Recommended or required readings

Recommended reading will be mentioned during the course.


Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

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

Additional information:

Exam(s) in session

Attendance at TP 1 is compulsory. Failure to attend 2 exercise sessions without a medical certificate automatically results in failure of the 1st session and the obligation to attend the TP organised for the 2nd session, under penalty of automatic failure in the 2nd session.

The final mark is based on a written examination consisting of a first part with closed questions (multiple choice questions; out of 20 points) and a second part with open questions (out of 20 points). The first part assesses knowledge of the subject, while the second part assesses understanding of the subject and the ability to apply and analyse the subject. Students must therefore obtain a mark of at least 10/20 in each part.

- In the event of failure in the first part, the second part is not corrected and a mark of 0/20 is therefore awarded to the second part. The overall score awarded constitutes the average between the score of the first part and the score of 0/20. During the copy consultation session, the expected answers for the second part will be explained to the students present at this session;

- In the event of success in the first part and failure in the second, only the mark for the second part (out of 20) is awarded to the student. The mark of the first part is therefore not taken into consideration in the calculation of the overall mark;

- If both parts are passed, the overall score is established by the average of the two scores.

In the event of failure in the first session, the student must represent both parts in the 2nd session. There will be no carryover of grades from one session to another.


Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

Each student is expected to take an active part in the various sessions.

Slides will be uploaded to eCampus as they become available.

This course is not available to Erasmus IN exchange students who do not stay for the whole year.



Contacts will preferably be made during face-to-face course sessions (before/after or at break).

If other questions remain, relating to the course in general, contact Xavier Schmitz: Xavier.Schmitz@uliege.be 

For any questions regarding the organization of practical work, contact Chloé Jeanne: chloe.jeanne@uliege.be 

Students are expected to follow basic rules of politeness. Any mail that does not meet these criteria will be ignored.

Association of one or more MOOCs

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