Adaptation of the study programmes

The Bundestag and the Bundesrat have decided to reform the eduaction of psychotherapists. The Department of Psychology at the University of Trier is therefore adapting its study programmes so that they are optimally adapted to the new requirements.

The legal basis for the reform is the Act on the Reform of Psychotherapist Education (Gesetz zur Reform der Psychotherapeutenausbildung) from the 15th of November 2019 and the new version of the Approbation Regulations for Psychotherapists (Approbationsordnung für Psychotherapeutinnen und Psychotherapeuten - PsychThApprO) from the 4th of March 2020. Further information on the reform can be found on the websites of the German Psychological Society (DGPs) and the Federal Ministry of Health.

Our Bachelor's degree programme therefore covers the contents of the new licensing regulations for psychotherapists relevant for the Bachelor's level from the winter semester 2020/21 onwards. It is recognised by professional law and enables students who choose the relevant study content to be admitted for the licensing examination in psychotherapy later.

The reformed B.Sc. programme remains a general (polyvalent) Bachelor in Psychology (B.Sc. Psychology). It provides a broad introduction to the whole of psychology with its basic and applied subjects, so that students can then choose to start a general psychology Master's programme, which prepares them for a wide range of psychological fields of work, or to specialise in clinical psychology and psychotherapy.

A Master's programme in Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, which concludes with a licence to practise psychotherapy, is currently in concrete preparation in Trier and is to be offered in the future in addition to the general Master's programme in Psychology, which concludes with the M.Sc. Psychology.