aVLLP7X1 Medical Psychology and Psychosomatics

Faculty of Medicine
spring 2021
Extent and Intensity
0/0/0. 2 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Taught online.
PhDr. Mgr. Milena Blažková (lecturer)
PhDr. Pavel Humpolíček, Ph.D. (lecturer)
MUDr. Šárka Kárová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Terézia Knejzlíková, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Barbora Kóša (lecturer)
Mgr. Tatiana Malatincová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. PhDr. Alena Slezáčková, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Pavel Strašák (lecturer)
doc. PhDr. Miroslav Světlák, Ph.D. (lecturer)
MUDr. Rastislav Šumec, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Zdeňka Barešová (seminar tutor)
MUDr. Monika Lekárová (seminar tutor)
Guaranteed by
doc. PhDr. Miroslav Světlák, Ph.D.
Department of Medical Psychology and Psychosomatics - Theoretical Departments - Faculty of Medicine
Contact Person: Blanka Suchá
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Lecturer are only in English language.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The objectives of the subject are to enable students to:
- Integrate psychology into the context of basic medical education for future health care professionals
- Introduce psychology as an essential part of competent medical practice
- Provide a theoretical context / field to integrate the information gained so far about the functioning of the body with the principles of functioning of the psyche
- Present the complex outcomes of psychological science and clinical practice at the level of principles that can be applied in the work of a professional in the health care sector, to the benefit of his / her patients, as well as of the whole health teams
- Enhance students' understanding on the basic psychological and psychotherapeutic principles, whose understanding is necessary not only for the understanding of health and illness but also for communication with patients in these states
- To acquaint students with the bio-psycho-social model of health and illness
- Helping students understand a human being as a psychophysiological unity
- To teach students to work with the basics of field theory, holistic approach and model "Connections and Health" / Autoregulation and Allostasis
- To acquaint students with basic communication algorithms that can be applied in various contexts and situations of medical practice
- Specify the possibilities of application of psychology in various fields of medicine
Learning outcomes
- Student understand why psychology is important in medicine and distinguishes different approaches to disease and health
- Student understands the relationship between emotion, motivation and health
- Student understands the interaction approach to stress and the relationship of stress, health and illness
- Student understands the risks of stress in performing the profession of medical doctor / healthcare professional. Student can identify symptoms of chronic stress and knows the principles of their management and prevention in the process of developing the burnout syndrome
- Student is able to explain the role of different psychological factors in physical symptoms
- Student understands to placebo and nocebo effects and how they affect illness and recovery
- Student understands the importance of health behavior and health behavior change, student knows the different models of health behavior and understand how to apply these models in clinical practice
- Student will learn about the psychosocial relationships of chronic and incurable diseases
- Student will understand how developmental changes throughout life affect communication between doctor and patient
- Student will learn the basic communication skills necessary for conducting the clinical interview
- Student will know theoretical bases of various psychological therapies used in medical context
- Student will become acquainted with the psychosomatic paradigm in medicine
- The student will get acquainted with basic psychodiagnostic methods, possibilities and limits of psychological assessment
  • - Psychology and medicine, why is psychology important in medical practice
  • - Definitions of health, comparison of biomedical and biopsychosocial approaches
  • - Motivation, emotion, and health
  • - Stress and health
  • - Symptoms and illness
  • - Health and behavior
  • - Chronic illness, death, and dying
  • - Developmental psychology in medical context
  • - Clinical interviewing
  • - Psychotherapeutic approaches, general psychotherapeutic interventions for professionals in medical practice
  • - Psychosomatic paradigm, psychophysiological integration such as “body-mind” integration
  • - Basic explanatory models of psychosomatic diseases
  • - Psychological assessment
  • AYERS, Susan and Richard DE VISSER. Psychology for medicine. First published 2011. Los Angeles: Sage, 2011. xiv, 530. ISBN 9781412946902. info
Teaching methods
Theoretical preparation, self-experience exercises, training of communication skills.
Assessment methods
Full attendance is required. Final Examination - Oral Form
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course can also be completed outside the examination period.
The course is taught each semester.
The course is taught: in blocks.
Information on the extent and intensity of the course: 0.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2017, Spring 2018, autumn 2018, spring 2019, autumn 2019, spring 2020, autumn 2020, autumn 2021, spring 2022, autumn 2022, spring 2023.
  • Enrolment Statistics (spring 2021, recent)
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