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Basic Therapeutic Skills


Admission requirements

Only open to master students Clinical Psychology and Health Psychology.


Basic Therapeuric Skills is a course in professional skills in which the student will learn to understand and apply basic psychotherapeutic skills in a clinical and health psychological setting.

Course objectives

  • From a theoretical perspective students will understand what patients need from a psychotherapeutic relationship in order to benefit from treatment.

  • From a practical perspective students will learn basic therapeutic skills (such as observational skills, establishing rapport, therapeutic interviewing, handling crises) to facilitate and manage a psychotherapeutic relationship.

  • Also students make the first steps in using themselves as an instrument for monitoring and evaluating psychotherapeutic processes.


Basic Therapeutic Skills (2011-2012):

Mode of instruction

To reach the objectives students read and discuss relevant literature, practice therapeutic skills in small supervised and unsupervised groups and are willing to discuss their own professional skills with other students and staff. An important didactic device is the self-monitoring process of professional development. Students write a paper about their professional development.

There will be two scheduled sessions each week. Full attendance is mandatory.

Assessment method

Assessment will be based on three assessments:

  • full attendance for the work group sessions;

  • engagement in a learning process, which implies an active participation in the workgroups and a willingness to reflect on professional development;

  • written reflections on professional development

From January 1, 2006 the Faculty of Social Sciences has instituted the Ephorus system to be used by instructors for the systematic detection of plagiarism in students’ written work. Please see the information concerning fraud .


Information on

Reading list

  • Heaton, J.A. (1998). Building Basic Therapeutic Skills. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass

  • Additional reading will be supplied by the staff

Master’s introduction and enrolment day

Make a reservation in your agenda so you will not miss any information that you will need during your master’s programme MSc in Psychology. Please consult the Agenda master meetings

Contact information

Dr. W. Heuves
Room 2B42
Tel.: +31 (0)71 527 3741

Dr. S. Huisman
Unit of Clinical, Health and Neuropsychology
Room 2B31
Tel: +31-71-5273952