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Quality Management System
Composition of the Monitoring Committee
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, and that will also allow you to specialize.
The Official Master's Degree in General Health Psychology and the Master's Degree in Therapeutic Specialization is aimed at those holders of a Bachelor´s Degree and graduates 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 perspective that takes into account different empirically contrasted approaches. This multi-dimensional training in the main theoretical approaches of Psychology will provide students with a comprehensive, global and integrative training when addressing and intervening in the area of Clinical Psychology and Health.
In the second year, the program offers a wide range of optional subjects, allowing students to choose an itinerary for training that will enable them not only to finish the Official Master's Degree in General Health Psychology, but also to specialize in an area of clinical intervention and to obtain the Master's Degree in Therapeutic Specialization.
The second year of studies allows you to specialize in a therapeutic approach
In the second year of the program, students can specialize in Systemic Family Therapy, Humanistic Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy 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 and Master´s Degree in Therapeutic Specialization 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.
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The excellent comprehensive perspective with which I was trained allowed me to familiarize myself with several models of intervention, and laid a firm foundation for me to be able to choose the area in which I wished to specialize.
I would like to emphasize the spaces for supervision during internships within the institutions and at the university itself.
The organization of the courses is excellent, there is a very practical approach and you feel well-prepared when you finish.
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With this program you will be able to specialize in an area of clinical intervention
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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):
February 22, 2019
March 22, 2019
April 26, 2019
May 24, 2019
June 21, 2019
July 19, 2019
September 16, 2019
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 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|
|Practicum I||5.0 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|
|Electives MPET||3.0 ECTS|
|PROGRAMME: Master's Degree in Systemic Family Therapy|
|Specific areas of action in couple therapy||2.0 ECTS|
|Legal bases for family intervention||2.0 ECTS|
|Interviewing skills and therapeutic alliance||3.0 ECTS|
|Intervention with families at social risk||2.0 ECTS|
|Prácticas II (MPET)||5.0 ECTS|
|Psychopathology and Family||3.0 ECTS|
|Individual systemic therapy||3.0 ECTS|
|PROGRAMME: Master's Degree in Experiential Humanist Psychotherapy and in Emotion Focused Therapy|
|Clinical uses of therapy focused on emotion||2.0 ECTS|
|Case drafting||2.0 ECTS|
|Social and community intervention||2.0 ECTS|
|Practicum II||5.0 ECTS|
|Practical workshop||2.0 ECTS|
|Humanist techniques with children and adolescents||2.0 ECTS|
|Couple therapy in therapy focused on emotion||2.0 ECTS|
|Existential therapies||3.0 ECTS|
|Body work||2.0 ECTS|
|PROGRAMME: Master's Degree in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy with Children and Adolescents|
|Intervention in attention deficit disorders with or without hyperactivity||3.0 ECTS|
|Prácticas II (MPET)||5.0 ECTS|
|Psychosexual development, identity and sexual orientation||2.0 ECTS|
|Diagnosis and intervention in emotional problems||3.0 ECTS|
|Evaluation and clinical intervention in the school context||2.0 ECTS|
|Evaluation and intervention in trauma with children and adolescents||3.0 ECTS|
|Family Intervention in Child and Teenage-related Problems||3.0 ECTS|
|To choose 16 ECTS in 2nd year:|
|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|
|To choose 3 ECTS in 2nd year:|
|Family of origin and personal work of the therapist||3.0 ECTS|
|Therapeutic skills in behavioral-cognitive intervention with children and adolescents||3.0 ECTS|
|Therapeutic tasks in therapy focused on emotion||3.0 ECTS|
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Academic Regulations of the Official Master's Degree in General Health Psychology and Master's Degree in Therapeutic Specialization
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 put into practice a comprehensive health concept, in which the different biopsychosocial aspects of same can be included, pursuant to the guidelines established by the WHO.
CE2 - Apply bioethics fundamentals and the deliberation method to professional practice, and adjust their professional activity as a health professional to the provisions of Act 44/2003, of 21 November, on the regulation of health professions.
CE3 - Demonstrate interpersonal communication skills and other for the handling of emotions, for effective interaction of patients, relatives and caregivers in the processes of problem identification, evaluation, communication of the diagnosis and psychological intervention and monitoring.
CE4 - Analyse and use clinical information sources critically.
CE5 - Use information and communication technologies for professional practice.
CE6 - Prepare proper psychological reports, depending on the final recipients of same.
CE7 - Prepare working hypotheses applied to the research and gather and assess the information for problem resolution critically, by applying the scientific method.
CE8 - Know the action framework of the general health professional and be able to transfer patients to the relevant specialist professional.
CE9 - Develop their work from the point of view of quality and continuous improvement, with the necessary self-criticism ability for responsible professional practice.
CE10 - Capacity to communicate and communicate with other professionals, and master the necessary skills for work in teams and as part of multi-disciplinary teams.
CE11 - Know the obligations and responsibilities of health professionals regarding confidentiality of information and patient's data protection.
CE12 - In-depth knowledge of the psychological nature of human behaviour, as well as social and biological factors that may affect it.
CE13 - In-depth knowledge of the psychological nature of human behaviour disorders.
CE14 - In-depth knowledge of the psycho-social factors related to health disorders and diseases.
CE15 - In-depth knowledge of the biological and psycho-social factors related to health problems and disease, especially those related to mental health.
CE16 - In-depth knowledge of the different assessment and intervention models in the field of General Health Psychology, as well as of techniques and procedures arising therefrom for dealing with behavioural problems and in the psychological factors related to health problems.
CE17 - Plan, carry out and, where appropriate, supervise the psychological assessment process of human behaviour and of psychological factors related to health problems, in order to establish assessment thereof.
CE18 - Design, develop and, where appropriate, supervise and assess plans and programmes of psychological intervention, depending on the psychological assessment and the individual and social variables of each case.
CE19 - Know the activities required for the establishment, start up and management of a company, of its different legal forms and the attached legal, accounting and tax obligations.
CE20 - Knowledge of current regulations in the Spanish health sphere.
CE21 - Perform promotion and education activities for individual and community psychological health.
Students having completed the Master's programme will obtain the official degree of Master's Degree in General Health Psychology, which qualifies them as General Health Psychologists. This master's degree complies with the requisites set forth by Order ECD/1070/2013, of 12 June, establishing the requisites for verification of official university degrees of the Master's Programme in General Health Psychology.
This degree allows the students to engage in research works, psychological assessments and interventions regarding behavioural and activity aspects of people that have an impact on the promotion and improvement of their general health status, providing said activities do not require the provision of specialised care by other health professionals (General Act on Public Health, 33/2011, of 4 October).
Graduates of the Master's Degree in General Health Psychology may carry out assessment and intervention activities for individual, family and couple problems in several assistance scenarios. Possible scenarios include: psychological health care centres, health centres which are not part of the Public Health System, health care centres for minors, rehabilitation centres for chronically ill patients, health care centres for people with disabilities, centres for addictions, care centres for older people, etc. Every year, the main areas of employment are assessed, in order to adapt the training courses to changing social demands.
The University Master's Degree in General Health Psychology is an official programme and, as such, it gives access Doctorate studies.
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.