Mission, Goals, and Structure of the Institute of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy
- Teachings in the newly introduced Masters programme Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy,
- teachings in the Undergraduate course Psychology,
- as well as teachings in other psychology-related Masters programmes, i.e., Cognitive-Affective Neuroscience (CAN) and Human Performance in Socio-Technical Systems (HPSTS),
- supervising Bachelor, Master, and Diplom theses,
- Postgraduate education (3-year or 5-year curriculum) to become a Psychological Psychoptherapist according to German law,
- Postgraduate education at the European Graduate School in Addiction Research (ESADD; since 2009),
- advanced training and education,
- science and research covering the whole spectrum of the discipline.
Structure and Mission
In order to achieve these goals, the institute has been organised into 4 work areas:
- Work Area 1: Teaching and Education
- Work Area 2: Outpatient Psychotherapy Department of the Institute (patient-related tasks)
- Work Area 3: Science and Research
- Work Area 4: Congresses, Conferences, Advanced Training and Education
The institute is located in two buildings, which are in walking distance of each other. All patient-related tasks as well as the training for Psychotherapists are located in Hohe Strasse 53, which is used solely for clinical (i.e., directly patient-related) research and education. Pre-clinical and epidemiological research tasks, the Neuroimaging Center (NIC), as well as the teaching and administrative facilities and the chairs, are located in the Falkenbrunnen building.
Research topics are dealt with in flexible, topic-related, either clinical or pre-clinical work groups under the supervision of the respective work group leaders. Irrespective of their assignment to projects or functional areas, all employees are also part of these flexible work groups, whose leaders bear the content-related and economical responsibility for multiple projects at the same time.
All employees (including those from projects funded by third parties) participate in the education and training of the students in the Masters programme Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy and the Postgraduate course Psychological Psychotherapy, they are also involved in care and research at the Outpatient Psychotherapy Department of the Institute. This organisational structure allows for a both application- and research-oriented curriculum for the students as well as the postgraduates. At the same time, all employees are given the opportunity to continue their education and develop their skills.
On top of that, the Institute's employees are involved in the transfer of knowledge to other areas of Psychology - by offering clinical modules for the courses of Cognitive-Affective Neuroscience (CAN) and Human Performance in Socio-Technical Systems (HPSTS), as well as other fields (e.g., Social Education, Social Work and Welfare Science). They are also involved in non-university offerings.
Work Areas and Work Groups:
Work Area 1: Teaching and Education
Research- and application-oriented education for students in the Master programme Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy as well as other psychology-related courses (i.e., Bachelor degree, CAN, HPSTS, expiring Diplom degree), linked with support and supervision of Bachelor, Master, and Diplom theses, as well as dissertations. Each year, 120 students take up the Undergraduate programme of Psychology. For 60 students per year, a Master degree of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy is offered, as well as further 30 places as a minor, with another Master degree. In these other degrees (CAN/HPSTS), the choice of modules from the area of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy is above average. The coursework is structured and supported by an integrated textbook, and a computerised learning programme.
The postgraduate degree Psychological Psychotherapy (in accordance with German law) offers a 3-year (and an optional 5-year) curriculum, ending with a state examination and subsequent approbation, allowing the students to practice as a psychotherapist. NEW! Since 2015, we have also been offering a curriculum for Children and Adolescent Psychotherapists, in collaboration with the German Society for Behavior Therapy (DGVT).
Since 2009, we have been taking applications from all European Union countries for the postgraduate curriculum Addiction Research. This 2-year curriculum, conducted by the Dresden International University and supported by the VolkswagenStiftung, is meant to support applicants in writing a Dissertation thesis beside their regular occupation. It is led by Professor Dr. G. Bühringer.
Work Area 2: Outpatient Psychotherapy Department of the Institute (Director: Prof. Dr. Jürgen Hoyer)
The outpatient department and day-hospital is an integral part of the Institute. It is responsible for ensuring the formal and content-wise access to patients, education, as well as all clinical research projects (e.g., therapy research). Regarding all areas not directly related to student matters, the department is organised under private law as "Institutsambulanz und Tagesklinik für Psychotherapie der TU Dresden, IAP-TU Dresden GmbH". It contains all patient-related areas: The insurance-approved outpatient psychotherapy department for research and education, as well as the educational centre for Psychotherapist candidates.
Work Area 3: Research
Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy is a field inside Psychology which deals with psychiatric disorders and the psychological aspects of somatic disorders - be it in education, basic and applied clinical research, as well as transition of the results into clinical practice. Important areas of the field are: aetiology and pathogenesis, classification, diagnostics, epidemiology, and intervention (prevention, psychotherapy, rehabilitation, public health care, evaluation). Our institute covers the whole range of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, including Health Psychology.
We are predominantly research-oriented and consider ourselves obliged to both grassroots research and applied clinical research in a multi-level approach (neurobiological, cognitive-affective, behavioural and social-interactional perspectives). Here at the TUD, we work closely with the Cognitive-Affective Neurosciences at the Institute of Psychology, as well as the various neighbouring disciplines from the Faculty of Medicine.
Our institute is characterised by its focus on project-oriented research, with some of the main topics being:
- development, deduction, and evaluation of etiological and pathogenetic models of psychiatric disorders,
- investigation of the relationship between mental and somatic disorders,
- derivation of improved diagnostic measures and models, as well as enhanced diagnostic classification systems,
- deduction and evaluation of improved therapeutic principles and guidelines (with the aim of finding out why and how therapeutic interventions work),
- deduction, testing and implementation of new therapeutic health care strategies and models.
Work Area 4: Congresses, Conferences, Advanced Training
Besides giving consultation and opinion, many advanced training offerings are bundled in this area, e.g., the training seminars during the Dresden Verhaltenstherapiewoche ('Behaviour Therapy Weeks'), collaborative activities with the Robert Koch Institute during the German Epidemiologic Health Survey, or international projects (World Mental Health), as well as other national and international congresses (AGNP, ECNP, DGPPN, etc.).
Since summer 2014, the 9th Workshop Congress for Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy has been in preparation at our Institute. The congress will take place in May 2015, and will bridge the gap between grassroots research and clinical practice, on the subject "How much Psychology is there in Psychotherapy?". With over 100 workshops, symposiums, and poster clusters, the Workshop Congress is a unique event in Germany.