CURRICULUM CONTENT OF THE FIRST PHASE BACHELORS

This page aims to guide psychologists who wish to apply for a EuroPsy certificate, and universities that would like to learn about EuroPsy standards, in the requirements of the European awarding committee (EAC) to preparation of applicants for certification in relation to their bachelor’s degree.

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

Type of content/Objectives Individuals Groups Systems/Society
Orientation
Knowledge
Methods in psychology
History of psychology
Overview of specialities and fields in psychology
Explanatory theories
Knowledge
General psychology
Neuro-psychology
Psychobiology
Cognitive psychology
Differential Psychology
Social Psychology
Developmental Psychology
Personality Psychology
Work and organisational psychology
Clinical & Health Psychology
Educational psychology
Psychopathology
Technological theories
Knowledge
Data and test theory
Questionnaire theory
Evaluation theory
Explanatory theories
Skills
Assessment skills training
Interview skills training
Technological theories
Skills
Test and questionnaire construction training
Group intervention training
Methodology
Knowledge
Introduction to methods: e.g. experimental methods.
Qualitative and Quantitative methods
Methodology
Skills
Experimental practice,
Methodological & statistical practice
Data acquisition training, Qualitative analysis
Ethics
Knowledge and skills
Ethical codes and professional ethics
Academic skills
Skills
Collecting information/library & bibliographic skills
Reading / writing papers
Research Ethics
Non-psychology theories
Knowledge
Epistemology
Philosophy
Sociology
Anthropology