Prevention in Mental Health
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleSOW-PSB3DH25E
Credits (ECTS)4
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Social Sciences; Psychology;
dr. K.T.M. van Doesum
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Contactperson for the course
dr. K.T.M. van Doesum
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dr. K.T.M. van Doesum
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Academic year2018
PER2  (05/11/2018 to 03/02/2019)
Starting block
Course mode
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesNo
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
Upon completion of this course, the student has insight into:
  1. Conceptual framework, history, practical organisation, professional roles, policy and recent developments concerning prevention and health promotion in the Netherlands and other countries
  2. Biological, psychological and social prevention mechanisms in daily life (naive prevention)
  3. Theoretical models about the development of mental health problems and mental well-being, and their relevance for effective prevention and health promotion
  4. Knowledge of theory- and practice-guided prevention strategies, and strategies to influence behaviour and surroundings
  5. Founding and development of prevention programmes from thematic perspectives (e.a. Depression and anxiety disorders; Children of parents with mental disorders or addictions; Domestic violence), methodological perspectives (e.a. E-health prevention and community-directed prevention) and from effectiveness perspectives (e.a. effect predictors and effect management).
The student is also able to:
  • Argue in favour of the importance of prevention and health promotion
  • Critically consider existing practices in this field, identify the limitations and possible negative effects of these practices, and recognise opportunities for the improvement of existing prevention programmes.
  • Design a prevention program based on a current mental health theme and present it on a poster.
During this course, you will acquire knowledge and insight concerning 1) principles, conceptual framework, and practice; 2) effective strategies for prevention of mental disorders and the promotion of mental health; and 3) the scientific basis and development of such interventions with the use of stress and coping theories, social-cognitive behaviour theories, development psychopathology, epidemiological knowledge (public health) and effect research. Care-related prevention strategies, as well as school-, community- and population-orientated approaches will be discussed.
Examples from practice will be provided of programmes aimed at the prevention of depression, domestic violence and the intergenerational transmission of psychopathology, as in children of parents with mental or addiction problems.
During the tutorial sessions, both scientific explication of the above themes and real-life applications from practice will be presented.
Students will practise their new knowledge, insights and skills on assignments such as the analysis of films, designing a prevention program and presenting this on a poster (0,5 bonus).
First-year Psychology programme or other first-year university programme.

Required materials
Hosman, C.M.H. & van Doesum, K.T.M. (2017). Prevention in mental health (available from the Lecture Notes Centre in due course).
Scientific articles, available online.

Instructional modes
Attendance MandatoryYes

Attendance MandatoryYes

Attendance MandatoryYes

Written examination
Test weight1
Test typeDigital exam with CIRRUS
OpportunitiesBlock PER2, Block PER3