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Clinical skills (Clinical assessment and treatment)


NB Language of instruction is Dutch.

Admission requirements

Entry requirement: Clinical Assessment and Treatment: general introduction.

NB This course is mandatory for students in the Master’s specialisation Learning Problems and Impairments. For students who follow the Master’s specialisation Clinical Child and Adolescent Studies and whish to do a clinical internship and qualify for the NVO-registration Basis-Orthopedagoog this course is also mandatory.


During this course students in the master’s specialisations Clinical Child and Adolescent Studies (Orthopedagogiek) and Learning Problems and Impairments (Leerproblemen) are so equipped in regard to theory and practice that upon completion of their study they will have adequate scientific background to be able to properly move through the diagnostic and treatment cycle. Students are familiarised with the scientific and cyclic character of the process of diagnosis and treatment. After completion of the course they have sufficient theoretical knowledge with regard to the psychopathology of children and youth and the various fields of work to effectively design a diagnostic scenario, draw up a diagnose and set up a treatment plan.

Course objectives

Achievement levels: 1-2-4-5-6-7-8-10-12-13-14-15-16-18-19.



Mode of instruction

Seminar and demo’s. Attendance at all sessions is mandatory. If students are prevented from attending, they can not continue with the seminar or demo.

The seminar consists of a block of twelve half-day sessions of 2½ hours each (total 30 hours). The topics include:

The social work cycle: general
Interviewing (clinical assessment interview + advice) 2 half days
Formation of an integrated picture 1 half day

Assessing intelligence and educational level 2 half days
Neuropsychological screening 1 half day
Personality questionnaires 1 half day
Personality testing: (projective techniques) 1 half day

Prognosis, treatment planning 1 half day
Protocols in youth welfare work 2 half days
Reporting 1 half day.

Upon completion of the seminar, students participate in a ‘demo’. During a ‘demo’ students perform all steps in the diagnostic and treatment cycle. Use is made of a one-way-screen. A ‘demo’ consists of 10 half-day sessions; attendance of all sessions is mandatory.

Assessment method

The seminar will conclude with a test case. This must be turned in three weeks after the final seminar session.

The demo will be concluded by handing in a complete dossier of the diagnostic and treatment cycle.


During this course Blackboard is used.

Reading list

Familiarity with the book by Lang, G. & Molen, H.T. van der (2003), Psychologische gespreksvoering. Een basis voor hulpverlening is assumed. This book was previously used in the Practicum Gesprekstechnieken in the Bachelors programme.

  • Prins, P. & Pameijer, N. (2006). Richtlijnen voor diagnostiek, indicatiestelling en interventie. ISBN10: 9026517831/ ISBN13: 9789026517839

  • Reader Persoonlijkheidsonderzoek (available after 15 August at the Service Desk on the first storey).

  • Additional literature during the demo.


Please note that separate uSis registration is mandatory for lectures, seminars, exam and re-exam.

  • Registration for the lectures of the course is possible as of two months through one week before the first lecture at the latest;

  • Registration for the seminars of the course is possible as of two months through one week before the first lecture at the latest;

  • Registration for the exam is possible as of two months through one week before the exam at the latest;

  • Registration for the re-exam is possible as of two months through one week before the re-exam at the latest.

Students who don’t register cannot attend classes or take the (re)exam.

Contact information

Co-ordinator of this course is dr. K. van de Vijfeijken