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 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.
- Postgraduate degree in Psychological Psychotherapy
We offer a 3-year (or 5-year part-time) postgraduate degree in "Psychological Psychotherapy". The curriculum is in line with the German laws ('Psychotherapeutengesetz') and ends with a state examination and the therapist licence. The courses are conducted by the IAP (Institutsambulanz und Tagesklinik der Technischen Universität Dresden). Each year, 15-18 applicants are included in the programme.
- Postgraduate degree in Children and Adolescent Psychotherapy
Recently, the IAP - TU Dresden GmbH got the state approval for its postgraduate degree in Children and Adolescent Psychotherapy (focus: Behaviour Therapy).
The programme offers the complete training to become a psychotherapist, with a strong link to practical application. It ends with a state examination. The first class will expectedly start their training in Autumn 2017.
IIf you are interested, and you have a degree in psychology, education or social education, you can get in touch with the programme's management (Studiengang.KiJu-PPT@mailbox.tu-dresden.de; contact: Dr. Susanne Knappe) and apply.
- Postgraduate curriculum: Addiction Research
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 basic / 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 Neuroscience 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.
Work Groups and Work Group Leaders:
As of 30/09/2017, the following work groups ('AG') have been established at the institute:
AG 1: Epidemiology and Health Services Research
Group Leaders: Prof. Dr. Katja Beesdo-Baum, Dr. Lars Pieper, Prof. Dr. Jürgen Rehm & Prof. Dr. Hans-Ulrich Wittchen
AG 2: Experimental Clinical Psychology and Neuroimaging
Group Leaders: Leitung: Prof. Dr. Hans-Ulrich Wittchen, Dr. Markus Mühlhan, Prof. Dr. Ulrike Lüken & Prof. Dr. Katja Beesdo-Baum
AG 3: Womenís and Infantís Health
Group Leaders: Jun.-Prof. Dr. Julia Martini, PD Dr. Susanne Knappe, & Prof. Dr. Hans-Ulrich Wittchen
AG 4: ROAMER - A Roadmap for Mental Health and Well-Being Research in Europe
Group Leaders: Prof. Dr. Hans-Ulrich Wittchen & PD Dr. Susanne Knappe
AG 5: Stress- and Trauma-Related Disorders
Group Leaders: Dr. Sebastian Trautmann, Dr. Judith Schäfer, Prof. Dr. Hans-Ulrich Wittchen
AG 6: Addiction Research
Group Leaders: Prof. Dr. Gerhard Bühringer, since 2016 Prof. Dr. Tanja Endrass, Dr. Anja Kräplin, Dr. Silke Behrendt & Prof. Dr. Jürgen Rehm
AG 7: Behavioral Health and Behavioral Medicine
Group Leaders: Prof. Dr. Hans-Ulrich Wittchen & Dr. Lars Pieper
AG 8: Eating Disorders & E-Mental-Health
Group Leaders: Prof. Dr. Corinna Jacobi & Dr. Ina Beintner
AG 9: Clinical Research
Group Leaders: Prof. Dr. Jürgen Hoyer & Prof. Dr. Katja Beesdo-Baum
AG 10: Psychotherapy Research
Group Leaders: Prof. Dr. Hans-Ulrich Wittchen, Prof. Dr. Jürgen Hoyer & Dr. Andre Pittig
AG 11: Mechanisms of Personalized Prevention
Group Leaders: Prof. Dr. Katja Beesdo-Baum & PD Dr. Susanne Knappe
AG 12: Diagnostic Issues & Psychometrics
Group Leaders: Prof. Dr. Hans-Ulrich Wittchen, Prof. Dr. Katja Beesdo-Baum, PD Dr. Susanne Knappe & Prof. Dr. Jürgen Hoyer