PSYP140 Clinical Psychology I, Psychology of Health and Mental Health (5 cr)

Study level:
Basic studies
Grading scale:
English, Finnish
Responsible organisation:
Department of Psychology
Coordinating organisation:
Department of Psychology, Open University
Curriculum periods:
2020-2021, 2021-2022, 2022-2023, 2023-2024



The basic approaches and concepts of mental health, psychologists’ work and orientation in questions concerning health and mental health; prevalence of mental disturbances; critical stages in life, crisis, and mental problems, the classification of mental disorders, health and mental health interventions, and the psychological expertise in health care.

Completion methods

Book exam or virtual course.

Learning outcomes

Students will master the different approaches to and basic concepts of mental health and understand the theoretical basis of conceptualizing mental disorders. Furthermore, students will know the professional intervention methods (assessment, consultation and guidance, and psychotherapy) and master the basics of the profession and the different positions of a psychologist within health services.

Study materials

Select two books:

1. ATKINSON, R.L., ATKINSON, R.C., SMITH, E.E. & BEM, D.J. & NOLEN-HOEKSEMA, S. (2000) Hilgard’s introduction to psychology. (13. ed.). New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. Capters 14-16. OR

The later editions of the same book can also be used:

SMITH, E.E., NOLEN-HOEKSEMA, S., FREDRICKSON, B.L., LOFTUS, G.R., BEM, D.J. & MAREN, S.M. (2003) Atkinson & Hilgard's introduction to psychology. (14. ed). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth/Thomson Learning. Chapters 14-16. OR

NOLEN-HOEKSEMA, S., FREDRICKSON, B., LOFTUS, G. & WAGENAAR, W. (2009) Atkinson & Hilgard's Introduction to Psychology. (15. painos). Cengage Learning , U.K. Chapters 14-16.

2. DAVISON, G. C. NEALE, J. M. & KRING A.M. (2004 or later ed.) OR KRING, A.M., DAVISON C.G.,NEALE, J.M., & JOHNSON, S. (2010) Abnormal psychology. New York: Wiley.

Completion methods

These completion methods are for University of Jyväskylä degree students. Other options:

Method 1

Evaluation criteria:
Opintojakso arvioidaan tenttiin perustuen asteikolla 0 (hylätty) – 5 (erinomainen).
Time of teaching:
Period 3, Period 4, Period 5
Select all marked parts
Parts of the completion methods

Teaching (5 cr)

Participation in teaching
Grading scale:
Evaluation criteria:
Opintojakso arvioidaan tenttiin perustuen asteikolla 0 (hylätty) – 5 (erinomainen).
English, Finnish
Study methods:

Verkkoluennot, kirjallisuus ja tentti.