This course focuses on somatic symptom disorders, which are characterized by the experience of physical symptoms for which no direct relation with an underlying medical or neurological condition can be demonstrated. Mind and body are closely interconnected. For somatic symptom disorders, it is assumed that psychological factors contribute to the onset, exacerbation and maintenance of problems that have a physical or somatic expression.
additionally to studying the diagnostic criteria and symptomatology of somatic symptom and related disorders, this course deals with underlying etiological models, explanatory theories and mechanisms, and treatment options. The main focus of this course is on the psychological backgrounds of somatoform disorders, however, given the importance of societal and biological context, specific attention will also be devoted to the social and biological factors that help to explain somatoform disorders. Furthermore, students will get acquainted with recent evolutions in third wave CBT and positive psychology interventions, applied to somatic symptom and related disorders
The course consists of weekly PBL group meetings (2 hours), complemented with plenary interactive lectures or workshops.
The course somatoform disorders is complemented by a skills training on Family Therapy (MHS4520).
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After completion of the course, students will be able to translate their knowledge on somatoform disorders to a broad audience. They will be able to identify similarities between the different types of somatoform disorders, and to relate somatoform disorders to the biopsychosocial model. Students can communicate about somatoform disorders within a multidisciplinary context and are able to communicate with colleagues and with patients about somatoform disorders in an appropriate fashion.
Students will gain knowledge of and insight in the theories on development and course of somatoform disorders; in particular:
- The diagnostic criteria (DSM-IV/DSM-V and other criteria) and symptomatology for different prevalent somatoform disorders and symptomatology.
- The relation between somatoform disorders, psychosomatics and functional or unspecified complaints
- The biopsychosocial model as a basic explanatory model for somatoform disorders, emphasizing:
- Interactions between psychological, biological and social influences
- Psychological, Biological, and Social background, theories and factors.
- The treatment options for somatoform disorders, with specific emphasis on :
- CBT and exposure
- Third wave CBT and positive psychology techniques.
There is no specific handbook for the course somatoform disorders. The DSM5 will be studied with respect to diagnostic criteria. Furthermore, students are encouraged to look up information on specific topics of the course in several handbooks that are available in the library. Additional literature containing scientific research papers will be presented in the form of an E-reader and/or reference-list to cover all aspects that need to be studied throughout the course.