PSYPRO4603 - Clinical Psychology - Adult


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination
Grade: Passed/Failed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Home examination 100/100 1 weeks A

Course content

The course is a comprehensive program, which focuses on the major therapeutic approaches within the area clinical adult psychology. Psychotherapy research, indications for treatments and treatment effects are the main goals, including therapy in a lifelong perspective. An introduction is provided into the most common therapeutic directions for working with adults. In addition to therapy-specific conditions there will be emphasis on the common factors that are significant for successful treatment. Research into the effectiveness and suitability of therapeutic methods in ordinary clinical practice will be examined. The course will also focus on developing and forming a deeper understanding of practical psychological skills in psychotherapy and will provide the basis for advisory/counselling work with relatives, other clinicians, institutional staff, teachers etc. One-week home exam. Approximately 5000 - 8000 words.

Learning outcome


  • The student has knowledge of psychotherapy research and indications and efficacy of the most common forms of treatment.
  • The student has knowledge about how to adapt therapy in a life-cycle perspective 


  • The student understands core constructs and is able to reflect on the advantages and disadvantages of various forms of psychological treatments.
  • The student knows how to develop psychological treatment based on psychopathology and knowledge of effective treatment methods.
  • The student is capable of being critical to research findings and the limitations of various forms of psychological treatments.

General competency:

  • The student has knowledge of the basic clinical research questions and the major treatment approaches.
  • The student is capable to reflect on his or her own practice and work and to adapt the treatment approach in work with children or adults.
  • The student is able to plan, conduct and evaluate psychological treatment.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, seminars, exercises, individual tutorials.

Compulsory assignments

  • 80 % compulsory attendance

Further on evaluation

Previously approved mandatory assignments are approved for repeat of exam. A re-sit examination will be held in August. You can register for a re-sit examination if you have - taken the examination in spring this academic year, but did not pass - legitimate absence for the examination for this course spring in this academic year

Specific conditions

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

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Clinical Psychology Programme (CPSY)
Clinical Psychology Programme, 6 years (CPSY6)

Required previous knowledge

Passed exam in PSYPRO4201-4204 is required. The class will be divided into two from this semester. One group will take the two children clinic courses PSYPRO4601 and PSYPRO4602, the second group the two adult clinic courses, PSYPRO4603 and PSYPRO4604, and reverse the following semester. A student who has not passed either child or adult clinic can not proceed until these have been passed.

Course materials

See reading list

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
PSYPRO4064 7.5 AUTUMN 2011
PSYPRO4076 7.5 AUTUMN 2016
More on the course

Version: 1
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2021

Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2022

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

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

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Psychology


Examination arrangement: Home examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Home examination 100/100 A





Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Home examination 100/100 A INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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