Cursos / 2º Ciclo / Institute of Psychology and Educational Sciences :: Clinical Psychology

Versao Portuguesa


1º curricular year
Semestralidade: 2nd semester


Leading Teacher: Prof. Doutora Teresa Sofia Marques
Assistant Professor: Prof. Doutora Teresa Sofia Marques

Class type and School hours

Teórico-prática : 2 Horas

Main Aims/Objectives

The general goals of UC Prevention in Mental Health (PMH) is to:
Promote knowledge and skills regarding the preventive practice in Clinical Psychology.
Understand the relevance to intervene before the development of clinical conditions;
Locate preventive interventions for the development of clinical operation;
Understand the paradigmatic, disciplinary and theoretical foundations of PMH;

Develop critical understanding of the potential and constraints of PMH approaches and intervention

Specific Aims/Objectives

Understand the paradigmatic, disciplinary and theoretical foundations of PMH;
Become aware of the need to support PMH interventions on research evidences;
Know the main mechanisms underlying the effectiveness of preventive interventions in mental health;
Knowing preventive interventions empirically validated for different clinical conditions;
Plan, develop, implement and evaluate preventive interventions for specific conditions, contexts and

Skills to be acquired

Competences of exploration of preventive interventions empirically validated for different conditions.
Competencies of exploration of the components and processes of conception and implementation of preventive interventions.
Competences of design and planning of preventive interventions based on research evidence.
Competences of practice and preventive intervention in Clinical Psychology based on research evidence.

Teaching Procedures

The teaching methodologies combine expositive, participatory and interactive
methodologies. The contents will be explored through oral exposure, content media projection, group discussion and the Moodle platform. Examples of preventive interventions will be analyzed and discussed in small and large group and in the forums of the Moodle platform.


1.Prevention in Mental Health (PMH): concepts, paradigms, and typologies; social justice and socio-economic benefits of the PMH;
2.Approaches to PMH: contextual; interactionists; developmental psychopathology; psychobiological; models specific to conditions;
3.PMH mechanisms: Self-regulation, Empowerment, Self-determination; subjective wellbeing, social support and knowledge;
5.PMH in different contexts: community, school, family, workplace;
6. PMH throughout the life cycle;
7.Empirically validated preventive interventions for specific conditions: behavioural disorders, anxiety,
depression, suicide, violence in intimate relationships, sexual risk behaviors; abuse and substance
8.Design and implementation of interventions in PSM: identification, evaluation, delineation, and
conceptualization of the target condition; conceptual framework; target population; context; conception and design of the intervention; implementation, evaluation;

Evaluation Type

Students must have a minimum attendance of 70% to classes. Continuous evaluation consists of individual work (design of a preventive intervention to tackle a specific condition, in a specific age range) to deliver at the end of the semester (60% of the final grade). At the end of the semester, students will take the final exam (40% of the note classification).

Teaching Resources

Books, scientific papers.


Mental health
Mental disorders
Primary prevention
Secondary prevention
Preventive interventions

Main Bibliography

Author BAZIK, Susan
Title Mental Health Promotion, Prevention, and Intervent
Editor AOTA
Year 2011
Author CAPUZZI, David; GROSS, Douglas R
Title Youth at risk: A prevention resource for counselor
Edition 6ª ed
Editor Wiley
Year 2014
Author CARR, Alan
Title Prevention: What works with children and adolescen
Editor Routledge
Year 2006

Complementary Bibliography

Author HUPPERT, Felicia A.; COOPER, Cary L.
Title Wellbeing: A Complete Reference Guide, Interventio
Author MACKLEM, Gayle L.
Title Preventive mental health at school.