Exploring Play: the importance of play in everyday life

04 Juni 2014

Understanding the nature and value of play through the course of our lives, across cultures and communities.

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Stress post-traumatic disorder: difficulties and debate in making a diagnosis

15 November 2013

Lessons deal with global health policies, posttraumatic feeding disorder, development and consequences of traumas...

Lesson n.1: New perspectives on healing a violent world

Lesson n.2: The essential role of mental health to global health policies and practice

Lesson n.3: Policies and practices

Lesson n.4: Le conseguenze specifiche del trauma

Lesson n.5: Il trauma e lo sviluppo della personalità

Lesson n.6: La dissociazione nella clinica

Lesson n.7: Modelli di relazione traumatica

Lesson n.8: Sviluppo dell’identità nel trauma

Lesson n.9: Acute critical incident intervention

Lesson n.10: Phases of emotional recovery and coping

Lesson n.11: Trauma and support interventions

Lesson n.12: Phase appropriate interventions

Lesson n.13: Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing

Lesson n.14: Rifugiati e richiedenti asilo: analisi del fenomeno

Lesson n.15: L’assessment psicologico nei richiedenti asilo

Lesson n.16: Specificità dell’assessment psicologico nei richiedenti asilo

Lesson n.17: Posttraumatic feeding disorder - Part 1

Lesson n.18: Posttraumatic feeding disorder - Part 2 Interventions


Certifications: ECTS: 12

Available language: IT/EN

mental health psychology trauma

Psychotechnology and learning processes

15 November 2013

Course main objective is to show how psychotecnologies impact on cognitive processes, extend mind potential and modify interaction models among people coming from different cultures. Course will analyze the historical flow from technology to psychotechnologies: from physical abilities and body capapabilities improvements tools, to cognitive and intelligence enhancing.

Special attention will be paid to communication technologies and their specific languages, to theri historical sequenciality, to knowledge transfer communication models and therefore to teaching methodologies and learning processes: from orality to writing, to electricity, from analogic to digital technolgoies. The course will explore the ways psychotechnologies, and specifically the Web, influenced socialization dynamics, collaboration, knowledge sharing, and how the shift from collective intelligence to connective intelligence has took 


Certifications: CFU: 9

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Lectures in Psychology

31 Oktober 2013

LIPS consists of a series of lectures that are given by professors and postdocs at KU Leuven who are doing their research in the field of psychology. The lectures are explicitly meant tobridge the basic fields as taught in the bachelors' psychology courses and their applications in actual research on practical and relevant issues. Complex problems – resulting from real life situations – will be viewed from an open minded psychological viewpoint.

Focus will be on:


  • How to deal with this matter?
  • What are the possibilities and limitations in research?
  • How can findings be applied in practice? 
  • What kind of follow-up research is needed / wanted?
  • Another way to look at these lectures is as sort-of "keynote" lectures in which the presenters bridge, within their own field of expertise, psychological research to practice (and vice versa). 
Most of the lectures of LIPS explicitly focus on the (very) near future. We want to present a show-case of how current psychological research and expertise at our Faculty deals with topics that are currently important issues in our society, or that are expected to play an important role in the immediate future.
 How can psychology contribute to a deeper understanding of current, emerging, and envisioned challenges facing society and how can it assist in the tackling of these societal challenges? In this, the series is inspired by the "Grand Challenges booklet series" presented by the American Psychological Association's (APA) Science Directorate. 
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Introduction to the Clinical Psychology of Children and Young People

30 Oktober 2013

The course will cover the basic guiding principles of the Clinical Psychology of Children and Young People and offer ways of understanding how the theory can be applied using some of the main psychological therapies, such as cognitive behavioural therapy, interpersonal therapy, structured parenting and family interventions.

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Understanding Social Behavior

30 Oktober 2013
This course, “Understanding Social Behavior” is designed to present a general introduction to social psychology for university students from various departments as an elective course. Students will be introduced to history, general theories, and methods of social psychology; as well basic concepts and recent research findings.
The format of the course will include mostly lectures and discussions; videos or in-class activities will also be incorporated depending on our schedule. 
Course Objectives 
- To increase the awareness of and knowledge in what the science of social psychology is, what social psychology refers to and what it deals with. 
- To provide students with a general overview about social psychology and have students relate the topics and theories to social issues or their area of study.
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Educational Psychology

29 Oktober 2013

The study of educational psychology involves both theory and practice. Focusing upon applying the principles of psychology and research to the practice of teaching, the ultimate goal is the understanding and improvement of instruction. 

Prospective teachers and other professionals in training who will interact with students need to understand how students learn and how that learning varies and is affected by each student’s context, culture, and development. This course focuses on the effective application of psychological concepts and principles in the learning and instructional processes; the development of teaching methods, knowledge and skills; and perspectives which enhance learning environments. 

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Theories of Personality

24 Oktober 2013

The course aims to give students a basic general introduction to the main fields of psychology, to introduce psychological enquiry, the major theoretical systems within each field and their practical applications.

The areas covered include psychological research, learning, memory, cognition, personality and psychopathology.


On completion of this course, students should be able to: 
1. understand the conceptual roots of leading personality theories in psychology
2. demonstrate knowledge of the major perspectives in personality psychology
3. demonstrate knowledge of the scientific process involved in measuring personality
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Introduction to Psychology II

24 Oktober 2013
This is a continuation of the course PSYC107, Introduction to Psychology I. The topics covered include biological basis of behaviour, motivation and emotion, sexuality and gender, social psychology among others.

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Cognitive Psychology

30 September 2013

This course examines cognitive processes, sometimes called "higher mental processes." 

Cognitive psychology includes topics such as perception, attention, memory, language, and thinking. At the end of this course you will gain an appreciation of the basic information in cognitive psychology, including research and theory, as well as an understanding of the complexity of cognitive processes; and hopefully, you will be able to apply your knowledge to your own cognitive processes.

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