The first phase of the curriculum for EuroPsy certification is typically devoted to the orientation of students in the different sub-specialities in psychology, but it can also be opened to related disciplines. It offers a basic education in all the psychology specialities, and in the major theories and techniques in psychology. It gives a basic introduction to psychologists’ skills, and a grounding for research in psychology. It does not lead to any occupational qualification in psychology and does not provide the necessary competence for independent practice in psychology. Although the first phase may be covered in a 3 year programme such as a Bachelors degree, it may equally be delivered throughout a longer period, and integrated with the knowledge, skills and understanding required for professional practice as a psychologist.
The framework or general outline is presented in the table below, based on psychological knowledge and understanding in relation to individuals, groups and society/systems. It makes a distinction between knowledge and skills related to psychology as an explanatory science aiming at understanding behaviour of people, and as technological science aiming at interventions that allow effective change of people’s behaviour. Both types of science have fundamental as well as applied aspects (generic theories vs. applications in diagnosis and intervention).
First phase of the EuroPsy certification curriculum