The RPC as an academic teaching hospital
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The Reichenau Psychiatric Centre and faculty of the Department of Psychology, University of Konstanz, collaborate in many ways, in research, education, and care of psychiatric patients. Psychiatrists and psychologists of the Centre are involved in the Clinical Psychology and Organisational Psychology curricula, offering courses in psychiatry, psychopathology and psychotherapy to Psychology students, and courses in hospital management to students of Politics and Management.
In addition to basic seminar, students participate in so-called case seminar, in which they are involved in diagnostic and therapeutic procedures on the different wards of the Centre. The chief Psychologist of the research ward, operated by the Centre together with the University, organize a joint postgraduate program for psychiatrists and psychologists of the Centre.
Since 1969, the Centre operates a research ward of the University, under the leadership of the chair in Clinical Psychology and supported by personnel of the University. The ward is focused on the treatment of younger patients suffering from chronic psychoses; it offers up-to-date treatment programs based on research and scientific evidence. The ward also offers work shadowing for Therapists and other personnel from clinics elsewhere for days or weeks.
The research ward (Station 33) is located in Building 22 of the Centre. The same building houses the teams of Clinical Psychology and Clinical Neuropsychology of the Department of Psychology together with their brain imaging laboratories. Laboratories are equipped with high-resolution electroencephalography and, supported by the Volkswagenstiftung and the State of Baden-Württemberg, a whole-head neuromagnetometer. In addition, a research outpatient clinic for refugees and torture victims, established by the European Refugee Fonds in 2003, is located under the leadership of the Clinical Psychology and Clinical Neuropsychology sections in the same building 22. Current research of the university teams, comprising the research ward, comprise brain correlates of psychoses and posttraumatic stress disorder, and the evaluation of treatment modules. Scientists from other research centres can make arrangements for information visits or longer collaborative stays.
University research ward: Head: Prof. Dr. Brigitte Rockstroh; Chief psychologist: Dr. Hans Watzl