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Quality Management System
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Results for Students of the Degree: Success Rates and Indicators
A Master's Degree that will enable you to practice professionally as a Health Psychologist
The Official Master's Degree in General Health Psychology is a basic requirement to work as a Psychologist in the Health Sector, based on regulations in the Health Industry governing the practice of Psychology in our country. If you are seeking to carry out assessment, research and intervention activities, through enhancing and improving the health of the individual, this Master's Degree is ideal for you.
The Official Master's Degree in General Health Psychology at Comillas stands out from other university degrees offered, as it includes the learning of intervention strategies for psychological problems from different theoretical approaches in its syllabus, so as to apply a therapeutic approach, which is better adapted to current demand.
These studies are indispensable to be able to work as a Psychologist in the field of Health
The program focusses on professional activity; therefore, courses provide specialization in areas such as the Development of the Therapeutic Process. During the second year, this Master's Degree offers a wide range of elective courses, divided into three different specializations: Systemic Family Therapy, Humanistic Psychotherapy and Cognitive-Behavioral Intervention with children and adolescents.Download brochure
Professional Internships, under the supervision of a Tutor, provide students of the Master´s Degree in General Health Psychology with the possibility of applying theoretical-practical knowledge acquired in the rest of the courses in the Master´s Degree Program. In addition, they allow students to participate in a total immersion in real situations of clinical practice at any of the more than 45 Health Care Institutions with which the Master´s Degree Program has agreements for internships. Students will gradually acquire the necessary professional experience that will provide them with greater maturity for the exercise of their profession.
Many people like you are already making the most of their Master's Degree. Learn more about their experience.
Professors, besides being University instructors, practice professionally as psychologists, and this offers the possibility of analyzing numerous clinical cases, which is very useful vis-á-vis professional practice.
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I have improved my therapeutic skills and have had the opportunity to develop my abilities in clinical practice with real patients.
A large number of places is offered at different institutions where the sessions in which students participate are supervised. Now I am much more qualified for the exercise of my profession and have greater skills and abilities to carry it out.
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With this Master’s Degree you will be able to work as a Psychologist in the field of Health
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General Health Psychologist in Public Health System Centers
Psychologist in Psychological Care Centers
Psychologist in Child Care Centers
Rehabilitation Centers for the Chronically Ill
Care Centers for Individuals with Disabilities
Addiction Treatment Centers
Care Centers for the Elderly
The procedure for admission to this Official Master’s Degree consists of the following requirements:
Presentation of the Application: The application for admission must be submitted by means of the Admissions Portal within the period specified for that purpose, in a standardized form.
Presentation of Documents:Candidates must submit all documents to the “Servicio de Gestión Académica, Secretaria General” (Academic Management Service, General Registrar), accrediting compliance with requirements for access to the degree that are detailed in the Informative Note on the documentation to be submitted.Information notice on the documents to be submitted.
Review of Documents: Once the applications for admission have been reviewed, the Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences will evaluate the candidates based on the global evaluation of admissions criteria, after taking into account the report presented by the Director of the Master's Degree. The following percentages will be applied to the decision for admission to the degree:
- Academic Transcript: (60%). If candidates have not yet finished their degree studies, they must present their academic transcript with the grades obtained up to that time.
- Accredition of Level of English: (20%). It is necessary to provide an official document certifying the level of English of the candidate. In the case that applicants are not able to present a certificate, candidates may take a level test at the Cantoblanco Campus. To request a sitting for this exam, you must first apply for admission and then contact the Director of the Master´s Degree to confirm the date on which the exam will be administered. This exam may be taken on the following dates: January 25, February 8, March 8 and 15, April 11, May 10 and 17, June 7, 14, 25, July 5 and 12, and September 6. It will start at 1:00 pm (with a duration of 1 hour).
-Letter of Motivation: (20%). The candidate must send a Letter of Motivation, following the instructions provided.
Program of Attention to Students with Special Needs
Resolution and notification of admission:
Dates established for the communication of admission results (admitted / reservation of place / waiting list):
For admission to the program it is a necessary to fulfill the following requirements:
- Be in possession of a Licenciate or Bachelor´s Degree in Psychology.
- Accredit compliance with having completed at least 90 credits of Health-Related Studies at the Licenciate or Bachelor´s Degree level. Students must provide the corresponding certification issued by the educational institution at which these courses have been taken.
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Applicant Profile/Requirements and Documentation
Profile for Admission to the Degree:
The Official Master's Degree in General Health Psychology is aimed at those graduates with a Licenciate or Bachelor´s Degree in Psychology who wish to acquire the skills of evaluation, diagnosis and intervention in the field of Health Psychology, and who wish to do so from a multi-faceted theoretical perspective that takes into account different empirically-contrasted approaches.
The recommended profile for admission to the degree is that of a person interested in acquiring knowledge about human beings, their individual and social behavior, and the processes and variables that contribute to explaining them. After previous training in General Psychology, the degree is oriented towards the field of Health Psychology. A strong academic transcript is recommended, as well as versatility, in order to properly handle the language of both the humanistic disciplines and those in the field of Health Sciences.
It is understood, therefore, that candidates must be motivated and professionally orientated to promoting the well-being and health of individuals in various areas of their lives, and should possess the ability to establish personal relationships of help and support.
Requirements for Admission to the Degree:
To gain admission to the Official Master's Degree in General Health Psychology, it is necessary to hold a Licenciate or a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, having completed at least 90 credits of courses specifically realted to Health studies.
|Cognitive-Behavioural clinical practice in childhood and adolescence||3.0 ECTS|
|Clinical Psychodynamics in Childhood and Adolescence||3.0 ECTS|
|Design and Evaluation of Research in Health Psychology||3.0 ECTS|
|Common Factors in the Therapeutic Process||2.0 ECTS|
|Cognitive-behavioural intervention in anxiety and mood disorders||4.0 ECTS|
|Family Intervention in Child and Teenage-related Problems||3.0 ECTS|
|Psychodynamic Intervention in Health Psychology||3.0 ECTS|
|Introduction to Emotionally Focused Therapy||3.0 ECTS|
|Psychology in the Health Context: Prevention and Promotion of Community Health||3.0 ECTS|
|Tutored Internship I||10.0 ECTS|
|Therapeutic process: specific elements of the different focuses||4.0 ECTS|
|Clinical Psychopharmacology||2.0 ECTS|
|Evidence-based Psychology||3.0 ECTS|
|Child and Youth Psychopathology||4.0 ECTS|
|Systemic Family Intervention Skills||3.0 ECTS|
|Group Intervention Techniques in Health Psychology||2.0 ECTS|
|Role-play Techniques in Psychotherapy||2.0 ECTS|
|Gestalt Therapy in Intervention with Adults||3.0 ECTS|
|Psychological Intervention in Chronic Health Problems||3.0 ECTS|
|Research on Specific Approaches in Health Psychology||2.0 ECTS|
|Tutored Internship II||10.0 ECTS|
|Tutored Internship III||10.0 ECTS|
|Integrated Intervention Programmes in Serious Mental Disorders||3.0 ECTS|
|Constructivist, Narrative and Next Generation Psychotherapies||4.0 ECTS|
|Final Master´s Degree Project||12.0 ECTS|
|Electives MPGS||16.0 ECTS|
|Cognitive Behavioural Approach to Behavioural Problems in Children and Adolescents||4.0 ECTS|
|Life Cycle and Family Transitions||3.0 ECTS|
|Understanding Psychopathology and Health from the Humanistic Model||3.0 ECTS|
|Systematic Contexts of Intervention||3.0 ECTS|
|Culture, Gender and Family||3.0 ECTS|
|Cognitive Behavioural Diagnosis and Intervention in Attention Problems||3.0 ECTS|
|Focusing Therapy||2.0 ECTS|
|Skills for Developing and Maintaining the Therapeutic Alliance||2.0 ECTS|
|Current Tools for Cognitive Behavioural Assessment and Diagnosis||4.0 ECTS|
|Cognitive Behavioural Intervention in Addictions||3.0 ECTS|
|Cognitive Behavioural Intervention in Eating Problems||2.0 ECTS|
|Intervention in Sex and Couple Relationship Problems||4.0 ECTS|
|Short Systematic Intervention||3.0 ECTS|
|Experiential Humanist Model of the Human Being||3.0 ECTS|
|The Refinement of Empathy and Experiential Response Intentions||4.0 ECTS|
|Gestalt Group Therapy||2.0 ECTS|
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Academic Regulations of the Official Master's Degree in General Health Psychology
Academic Regulations for Official Master's Degrees
Regulations for Credit Recognition
Academic Regulations for Official Master's Degrees Recognition tables between the Master's Degree in Health Psychology and Clinical Practice and the Master's Degree in General Health Psychology
Order ECD/1070/2013, of 12 june, establishing the requirements for verification of official university degree enabling to work as a General Sanitary Psychologist.
CE1 - Acquire, develop and implement a concept of total integral health, where the bio-psychosocial components of health have their place, following from the guidelines established by the OMS.
CE2 - Apply the fundamentals of bioethics and the method of deliberation in professional practice, adjusting their practice as a health professional to the provisions of Law 44/2003, of November 21, 2003, on the organization of health professions.
CE3 - Demonstrate interpersonal communication skills and appropriate management of emotions for effective interaction with patients, relatives and caregivers in the process of the identification of problems, evaluation, communication of diagnosis and psychological intervention and monitoring.
CE4 -Critically analyze and use the sources of clinical information.
CE5 - Use information and communication technologies in professional performance.
CE6 - Write psychological reports appropriately for recipients.
CE7 - Formulate working hypotheses in research and collect and critically evaluate information for solving problems, applying scientific methods.
CE8 - Know the framework of action of the general Health Psychologist and know how to refer to the appropriate professional specialist.
CE9 - Develop their work from the perspective of quality and continuous improvement, with an ability for self-criticism necessary for responsible professional performance.
CE10 - Know how to interact and communicate with other professionals, and master the necessary skills for teamwork and multidisciplinary groups.
CE11 - Know the obligations and responsibilities of health personnel regarding theconfidentiality of information and the protection of personal data of patients.
CE12 - Know in depth the psychological nature of human behavior,as well as the social and biological factors that may affect it.
CE13 - Know in depth the psychological nature of human behavior disorders.
CE14 - Know in-depth thepsychosocial factors associated with health and disease problems.
CE15 - Know in depth thebiological and psycho-social factors associated with health and illness problems, especially those related to mental health.
CE16 - Know in depth the different models of evaluation and intervention in the field of General Health Psychology, as well as the techniques and procedures derived from them in order to address behavioral disorders and the psychological factors associated with the problems of Health.
CE17 - Plan, carry out and, where appropriate, supervise the process of psychological evaluation of human behavior and the psychological factors associated with health problems to establish their evaluation.
CE18 - Design, develop and, where appropriate, supervise and evaluate plans and programs of psychological intervention, based on the psychological evaluation and the individual and social variables concurrent in each case.
CE19 - Know the activities necessary for the incorporation, start-up and management of a company, its different legal forms and legal, accounting and tax obligations associated with the process.
CE20 - Know current regulations in the Spanish Health Sector.
CE21 - Carry out promotional and educational activities for individual and community psychological health.
Profile of Graduates of the Degree
Graduates of this Official Master's Degree Program will obtain the Official Master's Degree in General Health Psychology, which qualifies them for the degree to exercise in the regulated profession of General Health Psychologist . This Official Master's Degree meets the requirements of Legal Order ECD / 1070/2013, of June 12, 2013, which establishes the requirements for the verification of Official Master's Degrees in General Health Psychology.
This degree allows for work in research, evaluations and psychological interventions on those aspects of the behavior and activity of individuals that influence the promotion and improvement of their general state of health, provided that such activities do not require specialized attention from others health professionals (Legal Decree 33/2011, of October 4, 2011, General Public Health).
Professionals who graduate from the Official Master’s Degree in General Health Psychology may carry out activities of evaluation and intervention in individual and family problems, as well as in couples,in a variety of health care situations. Among them, the following may be highlighted: psychological care centers, health centers that are not part of the Public Health System, child care centers, rehabilitation centers for chronically ill people, centers for people with disabilities, addiction treatment centers, care centers for the elderly, etc. Each year the areas of preferred employment are analyzed to adapt teaching to changes in social demands.
Opportunities for Further Academic Training
The Official Master's Degree in General Health Psychology is official and, as such, allows access to the Doctorate.
Classes will be taught from Monday to Friday, with compulsory class attendance. Internships will be carried out in the morning and / or afternoon at times that do not coincide with class attendance. Students must have a great deal of availability in their daily schedule to attend theoretical classes and to carry out internships at the institutions offered.
First-year students will be assigned STRICTLY on a random basis to one of the two class groups:
- Group 1: Classes will be on Monday and Tuesday mornings (from 9:00 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.) and Wednesdays from 09:00 a.m. to 8:45 p.m. Students must be available for the rest of the time to carry out internships (most internships take place in the afternoon).
- Group 2: Classes will be on Thursday and Friday mornings (from 9:00 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.) and Wednesdays from 09:00 a.m. to 8:45 p.m. Students must be available for the rest of the time to carry out internships (most internships take place in the afternoon).
In the Second Year of the Official Master’s Degree in General Health Psychology, theoretical classes and internships will continue to be in the morning and in the afternoon. In order to take the full-time Official Master's Degree, it is essential to have a wide range of availability, both in the morning and in the afternoon.