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4. 2. 2. Clinical Psychiatry and Psychosocial Medicine

Second Clinical Year, Module offering 5x per year

ECTS-Credits: 8

Duration: 4 weeks

Language of Instruction: German

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  1. Content
    • psychosis and schizophrenia, affective disorders, personality disorders, mild cognitive impairment and dementia, forensic
    Psychosocial Medicine:
    • an introduction of Abnormal Psychology, Psychodynamics, Psychobiology, Social Psychology and Developmental Psychology
    • a general survey of the standard of knowledge introducing the following disciplines: Abnormal Psychology, Psychodynamics, Neurobiology, Psychobiology, Social Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Philosophy and Ethics
    • acquirement of social and communicative skills
    • perception of methodological variety
  2. Aims (learning outcomes and competences)
    • diagnosis and differential diagnosis of psychiatric disorders and main therapeutic concerns
    Psychosocial Medicine:
    • Knowledge of specified disorders:
      • Schizophrenia
      • Affective Disorders
      • Somatoform Disorders
      • Traumatic Disorders
      • Eating Disorders
      • Anxiety and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders
      • Personality Disorders
      • Dementia
      • Addiction
      • Behavioral Disorders
      • Emotional Disorders
      • Developmental Disorders
    • Transfer of skills and attitudes in relation to:
      • Abnormal Psychology (evaluation of interaction and communication; consciousness; orientation; documentation of diagnostic findings)
      • Psychometrics (assessment of cognition; assessment of personality)
      • Clinical Styles of Communication (getting in touch with the patient; communicative styles with colleagues and patients; perception of non-verbal signs; addressing emotions)
      • Psychodynamics: Diagnostic Investigation (relationship; conflict; structure; diagnostic findings; indication)
      • Psychotherapy (strategies; setting aims; development of a physician-patient relationship; supporting crisis intervention; exposition; interpretation)
      • Forensic Medicine
      • Suicide
  3. Prerequisites
    • principles of general medicine and pathophysiology
    Psychosocial Medicine:
    • second part of medical studies
  4. Teaching methods
    • lecture, tutorial, video tutorial, neuropsychological investigation, bed-side-teaching
    Psychosocial Medicine:
    • lectures, problem-based learning/group work, tutorials
  5. Examination /Assessment methods
    • In the final stages you have to take part in a written, interdisciplinary examination in terms of a combination of open-ended questions and multiple-choice questions.
  6. Recommended reading
    • Berger (2000): Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie. Urban und Fischer-Verlag: München, Jena.
    • Eggers, Fegert & Resch (2004): Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie des Kinder- und Jugendalters. (Springer-Verlag: Berlin, Heidleberg.
    • Rudolf (2000): Psychotherapeutische Medizin und Psychosomatik. Thieme-Verlag: Stuttgart.
    • Möller, Laux, Kapfhammer: Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie