PSYK4301 - The Role of the Psychologist 1 - Understanding, Skills Training and Practice


New from the academic year 2021/2022

Course content

The course aims to provide the student with a knowledge of what psychological work involves. Central themes include: personal conditions; the role of the psychologist; communication; ethical reflection; and behavioural work.

Learning outcome


  • The student has a foundational knowledge of how significant communication skills are in practicing the discipline of psychology.
  • The student is familiar with the infrastructure of the Norwegian healthcare and social welfare system.


  • The student can reflect on how significant both relational competence and communication skills are in practicing the discipline of psychology.
  • The student can reflect on their own values, roles and the way in which they work, when interacting with both clients and colleagues.

General competence:

  • The student has an insight into the relationship between personal conditions and professional competence in practicing the discipline of psychology.
  • The student can discuss ethical dilemmas related to psychological work.
  • The student has an insight into how human integrity, worth and autonomy can be taken into account in work within the field of psychology.

Learning methods and activities

With exception to some of the course-wide lectures and one day of external practice, the students shall be divided into groups of around 10 students, with each group being led by a course tutor and a student assistant. The activities for the groups involve exercises and discussions connected to the learning objectives, as well as preparation and supplementary work relating to practice.

Compulsory assignments

  • Mandatory attendance (80%)
  • Submission of written work
  • Team collection presentation

Further on evaluation

The student has the option to repeat the course once more if they have not passed the first time. In the event that the student does not pass the course, both the course and all compulsory assignments must be completed again. The course is assessed in accordance with the ‘Guidelines for the implementation and evaluation of practice’.

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Clinical Psychology Programme (CPSYR)

Required previous knowledge


Course materials

Will be announced at semester start.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
PSYPRO4201 7.5 AUTUMN 2021
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Foundation courses, level I


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2021

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Psychology
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Psychology


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