PSMB040 Psychology of extreme situations

Faculty of Arts
Spring 2021
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 3 credit(s). Type of Completion: k (colloquium).
Mgr. Darina Záchová (lecturer), PhDr. Zuzana Slováčková, Ph.D. (deputy)
Mgr. Michal Hummel (lecturer), PhDr. Zuzana Slováčková, Ph.D. (deputy)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Darina Záchová
Department of Psychology - Faculty of Arts
Supplier department: Department of Psychology - Faculty of Arts
Fri 7. 5. 9:00–15:40 G31, Sat 8. 5. 9:00–15:40 G31, Sun 9. 5. 9:00–15:40 G31
Student would be enrolled only following the agreement of teachers.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.

The capacity limit for the course is 15 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 15/15, only registered: 14/15
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The objective of the course is the introduction of Psychology of Extreme Situations basics to students. Students will learn to understand in a better way the behaviour and the needs of those who have experienced extreme situations and will acquire some basic techniques for working with them.
Learning outcomes
After the course student will be able:
- to describe fundamental principles of extreme situations;
- to understand to behavior and needs of people who have experienced extreme situations;
- apply basic procedures of psychological first aid in extreme situations;
- to deepen the ability of team cooperation in strenuous situations.
  • 1. Extreme situations;
  • 2. Natural and other disasters, and catastrophes;
  • 3. Stress reaction, acute reaction to stress, PTSD;
  • 4. Work with above-the-limit stress – psychological first aid (work with the body, relaxation, regeneration);
  • 5. Psychology of survival in extreme situations;
  • 6. Injury, death, killing;
  • 7. Psychology of terrorism, negotiation;
  • 8. Captivity, imprisonment, interrogation, Stanford experiment;
  • 9. Psychology of long-term stays in danger zones;
  • 10. Family under strain – preparation of the family for separation and reunion;
  • 11. Psychological and psychodiagnostic methods for strenuous situations;
  • 12. Psychology and psychological preparation in strenuous training.
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Teaching methods
Seminar education based on interactive presentations
Assessment methods
Active participation on education and final examination (coloquium).
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
The course is taught annually.
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2019, Spring 2020, Spring 2022.
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