2023-2024 / PSYC5893-1

Case conceptualisation and evaluation methods in child clinics [D]


30h Th, 30h Pr

Number of credits

 Master in psychology (120 ECTS)6 crédits 


Raffaella Di Schiena, Céline Stassart

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

All year long, with partial in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

The course will be structured in two parts.

- In a first theoretical part, the student will become acquainted with the grids and methods of conceptualization of cases most used in the clinic of childhood and will be made aware of the importance of a shared conceptualization of the case for the construction of the therapeutic alliance, as well as for the definition of therapeutic objectives.

He/she will also learn the different stages of a case description according to the classic outline of a clinical evaluation report and/or psychological expertise (description of the case at first contact, analysis of the request, individual and family anamnesis , description of problem behaviors and their function, inventory of resources, etiopathogenic hypothesis and diagnostic hypothesis), while adopting a processual and analytical approach, not just descriptive.

In this part the student will also be introduced to the different clinical evaluation methods (categorical or dimensional diagnostics, structured, semi-structured or unstructured, etc.)

- In a second, more practical part, the students will be led to test their new skills on different pathological conditions, within the framework of exercises in class or work in small groups. Some assessment tools will be reviewed in detail.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

At the end of the course, students will be able to write a psychological report with an analytical and processual clinical case conceptualization (demand analysis, anamnesis, inventory of problems/resources, holistic theory, functional analysis, etiopathogenic hypotheses and diagnostic hypotheses ).

They will also be able to select and integrate, in their conceptualization of the case, the most appropriate evaluation tools, according to the diagnostic hypotheses and the material available.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

It is expected that the student will have notions of psychometrics
and methodology of psychological evaluation because technical notions
will be used. It is important that the student attends or has already attended the "Child Psychopathology" course

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

This course is partly based on ex cathedra sessions, presented in modular form, and augmented by discussions.

For the practical part, training in the skills taught will be offered on the basis of clinical vignettes, in small groups with the sharing of reflections in the large group.

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

Face-to-face course

Recommended or required readings

These books will allow students to complete the course notes (power points) provided after each session.

Further reading may be given during the course. 

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

oral exam

Written work / report

Additional information:

The evaluation will be in three stages:

1. Work in a small group to write a psychological report on a clinical case provided by the teachers (group score out of 10)

2. An individual case conceptualization report will also be requested.

3. An oral assessment consisting of a case conceptualization based on a clinical case (individual score out of 10). Preparation time will be provided before the presentation of the clinical analysis.

The final evaluation will correspond to the sum of the two marks.

In case of failure, the student. will have to retake the part(s) where he/she did not obtain a score of 10.


Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course


The supervisory team undertakes to be available for any questions or reflections from students (during the course break or by email to cstassart@uliege.be and raffaella.dischiena@uliege.be). Nb: Given the workload outside of classes, it is possible that a response will be given to you within a week.

Interactions, whether through questions or reflections, are strongly encouraged.

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