Psychosocial Assessment and Psychotherapies in Medicine


The student will have the opportunity to improve knowledge and skills regarding
psychological/psychosocial assessment and psychotherapeutic interventions (as applied to clinical
medicine and to public health). We aim to enhance students’ therapeutic skills beyond
pharmacological medical intervention and to support future options for specialization.

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Responsible teacher

Prof. Doutor Manuel Gonçalves Pereira


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Bibliografia essencial (o aluno deverá escolher entre os seguintes textos):
 Ayers S., de Visser R.: Psychology for Medicine and Healthcare. 2nd edition. Sage, 2018. ISBN:
9781473969285 – capítulos 18 e 19.
 Ebert, M.H., Leckman, J.F., Petrakis, I.F.: Current Diagnosis & Treatment: Psychiatry. 3ed. Lange,
2019. ISBN: 978-0-07-175442-2 – capítulos 6, 10 e 11.
 Harrison, Cowen, Burns & Fazel: Shorter Oxford Textbook of Psychiatry. 7th edition, Oxford,
Oxford University Press, 2018 – capítulo 24 (Psychological Treatments)
Bibliografia complementar (para aprofundar aspectos específicos):
 Caldas de Almeida, J.M.: Intervenção psicoterapêutica em clínica geral. In Caldas de Almeida JM,
Machado Nunes J, Carraça I, eds. Saúde Mental na Prática do Clínico Geral. Edições do Instituto
de Clínica Geral da Zona Sul, Lisboa; 1994; p.113-120
 Fadem, B.: Behavioral Science in Medicine. 2nd edition. Baltimore, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins,
2012. ISBN: 978-1-60913-664-2
 Gonçalves-Pereira M. Toward a Family-Sensitive Practice in Dementia. In: Verdelho A,
Gonçalves-Pereira M. (Eds.): Neuropsychiatric symptoms in cognitive impairment and dementia.
Springer. 2017. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-39138-0. pp: 349-368.
 Leal, I. (coord.): Psicoterapias. Lisboa, PACTOR, 2018.
 Miller, W. R., & Rollnick, S.: Motivational Interviewing: Preparing People for Change. New York,
Guilford Press, 2002.
 Mota Cardoso, R.: Competências clínicas de comunicação. Porto, Ed. Faculdade de Medicina da
Universidade do Porto, 2012.
 Van Teijlingen, E. & Humphris G.M. (eds.): Psychology and Sociology applied to Medicine. An
Illustrated Colour Text. 4th edition. Elsevier, 2019.
 Wedding, D. & Stuber M.L.: Behavior & Medicine. 6th Edition. Hogrefe Publishing, 2020. ISBN

To be supplemented with specific references.

Teaching method

The program includes: seminars and non-clinical practical classes. Seminars will be conducted in
partnership by teachers with different specializations and integrating different psychological
perspectives. The teaching programme will accomplish: the discussion of theoretical contents, using
articles and clinical vignettes; watching and critically discussing videos of related interest; focus on
direct training using role-play simulation and feedback.

Evaluation method

The students’ evaluation will include two
components: (1) continuous assessment - attendance, participation in seminars and practical
classes; and (2) final evaluation - work to be presented (oral presentation and written essay) at the
end of the semester. The final grade is based on these components: 1/2 x continuous assessment +
1/2 x (oral and written presentation). The student is required to achieve a mark of at least 10/20 in
each component.

Subject matter

1) Further aspects of Psychology and Sociology as applied to Medicine;
2) Psychological aspects in specific clinical conditions (e.g. dementia, cerebrovascular disease,
diabetes, cancer, asthma, skin diseases, chronic fatigue syndrome, chronic pain,
inflammatory bowel syndrome, premenstrual syndrome);
3) Psychological assessment in clinical practice (types, indications). Psychosocial assessment;
4) Introduction to psychotherapy, focusing on family systemic interventions, dynamic and
cognitive-behavioural therapy (types, indications, physician's role);
5) The relational foundations of clinical practice, advanced aspects of clinical communication
and the doctor-patient relationship. Specific scenarios (e.g. family interviews, major crises);
6) Behavioural change and motivational interviewing (theory and practice of techniques of
behavioral change in health);
7) Examples of research in Behavioural Medicine and Psychotherapy.


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