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Psychological Intervention in Disease and in Pain 2017/2018

  • 5 ECTS
  • Taught in Portuguese
  • Continuous Assessment


- Understand the dynamics of the development of disease and pain and articulate it with the development of psychopathology;
- Promote the acquisition of psychological intervention skills in the different problems;
- know the process of intervention with children, adolescents and adults;
- Contact with some specific intervention programs;
- Develop competencies of conceptualization of clinical cases.

Recommended Prerequisites

Dont have.

Teaching Metodology

The curse unit will be taught in theoretical-practical classes in which expositive and participatory techniques will be adopted. There will be sessions of presentation of the works elaborated by the students, about a problematic area to choose.

Body of Work

1 - Illness and Pain
1.1 - Concept of Health and Sickness
1.2 - Neurobiology and pathophysiology of pain
1.3 - Classification of pain types
1.4 - Assessment of pain

2 - Chronic Illness and Chronic Pain
2.1 - Main pain syndromes
2.2 Physical, psychological and socio-cultural consequences

3 - Psychological intervention in disease and pain:
3.1 - The process of psychological intervention
3.2 - Differentiated aspects with children, adolescents and adults
3.3 - Case conceptualization versus diagnosis
3.4 - Strategies and intervention programs with children, adolescents and adults

Recommended Bibliography

Barlow, D. H. (2008). Clinical Handbook of Psychological Disordres: A step-by-step Treatment manual (4th ed.). New York: The Guilford Press.

Batalha, L. (2010). Dor em Pediatria: compreender para mudar. Lisboa: Lidel.

Branco, J. C., & Baptista, T. M. (2012). A Dor e as suas circunstâncias. Lisboa: Lidel.

Cardoso, A. (2013). Manual de tratamento da dor. Lisboa: LIDEL

Dennis C. Turk, Robert J. Gatchel (2018). Psychological Approaches to Pain Management: A Practitioner's Handbook. Third Edition. New York : Guilford Publications

Dobson, K. S., & Dobson, D. (2010). Terapia cognitivo-comportamental baseada em evidências. Porto Alegre: Artmed.

Friedberg, R. D. & Mcclure, J.M. (2004). A prática clínica de terapia cognitiva com crianças e adolescentes. Porto Alegre: Artmed.

Goldstein, G., & Hersen, M. (1990). Handbook of Psychological Assessment (2nd Edition). New York: Pergamon Press.

Guerra, M. P. (2001). Dor e Sofrimento. Porto: Campo de Letr

Complementary Bibliography

Le Breton, D. (2007). Compreender a Dor. Lisboa: Estrela Polar.

Russell, M. (1988). Stress Management for Chronic Disease. New York: Pergamon Press.

Moniz, J. L. & Barros, L. (2005). Psicologia da Doença para Cuidados de Saúde: Desenvolvimento e Intervenção. Porto: Edições ASA.

Kendall, P.C. (2006). Child and adolescent Therapy Cognitive behavioral procedures (3rd ed.). New York: he Guilford Press

Wright, J. H., Basco, M. R., & Thase, M. E. (2008). Aprendendo a terapia cogniivo-comportamental: um guia ilustrado. Porto Alegre: Artmed.

Wright, J. H.,Turkington, D. G., & Kingdon, D. G. (2010). Terapia cognitivo – comportamental para doenças mentais graves. Porto Alegre: Artmed.

Weekly Planning

Week 1
Presentation of the program contents, recommended bibliography and evaluation methodology and evaluation criteria.

Week 2
Disease and Pain: Concept of Health and Disease; Neurobiology and pathophysiology of pain

Week 3
Classification of pain types; Pain evaluation.
Chronic Disease and Chronic Pain; Major pain syndromes; Physical, psychological and sociocultural consequences

Week 4
Psychological intervention in disease and pain: The process of psychological intervention. Conceptualization of case versus diagnosis

Week 5
Monitoring of assignmet works.

Week 6
Differentiated aspects in the intervention with children, adolescents and adults.

Week 7
Monitoring of assignmet works.

Week 8
Strategies and intervention programs with children, adolescents

Week 9
Monitoring of assignmet works.

Week 10
Strategies of intervention programs with adults.

Week 11
Assessment Test

Week 12
Oral presentation.

Week 13
Oral presentation.

Week 14
Oral presentation.

Week 15
Study visit to the day care center for patients of Alzeimer João de Deus

Demonstration of the syllabus coherence with the curricular unit's objectives

Since students are expected to acquire psychological intervention skills in the different mental disorders associated with illness and pain, the program content, in a first phase, approaches the concepts of illness and pain, as well as the main pain syndromes, emphasizing an explanation of empirically validated intervention proposals for each problem.

Demonstration of the teaching methodologies coherence with the curricular unit's objectives

Since it is intended to develop competences for case conceptualization and design of interventions appropriate to each mental disorder, the teaching methodology goes through the explanation of theories that help the understanding of the problems, as well as the explanation of empirically validated intervention protocols. This knowledge will be applied by performing a assignmet work and oral presentation.

relevant generic skillimproved?assessed?
Achieving practical application of theoretical knowledgeYesYes
Adapting to new situations  
Analytical and synthetic skillsYesYes
Balanced decision makingYesYes
Bargaining ability  
Commitment to effectivenessYes 
Commitment to qualityYesYes
Cultural awareness  
Ethical and responsible behaviourYesYes
Event organization, planning and managementYesYes
Foreign language proficiency  
Information and learning management  
Initiative and entrepreneurship capabilityYes 
IT and technology proficiencyYes 
Problem Analysis and AssessmentYesYes
Relating to othersYes 
Research skillsYesYes
Understanding multiculturalism and valuing diversity  
Working in international contextYes 
Written and verbal communications skillsYesYes
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