nl en

Trainers Course Communication Skills


Information meeting

Wednesday 27 August 2014
10:00 – 12:00 hrs
Room 5A29, Pieter de la Court building.

Admission requirements

  • Master’s students Psychology

  • Took Interpersonal Behavioral Skills course (IBV) 2nd year BA Psychology at Leiden University or an equivalent course elsewhere

  • Fluent in Dutch

  • Students who can continue after TCCS in a practice period (giving IBV in semester 2) will get precedence.


This is a training course aimed at developing teaching skills for communication and social skills-training from a psychological perspective. The course, taught once a year, is a combination of theory, training and real-life practice and requires personal involvement of the student.
In the first part of the training, on a task level, students practice core perceptual- and behavioral skills necessary to create an optimal learning climate. They learn how to work with exercises that enable trainees to acquire knowledge about the role of personal and contextual influences in communication. They also learn to apply educational principles, how to custom-design a course and how to build an appropriate training design for a particular purpose.
Parallel to this task level, the student is working on his or her goals for personal and professional development. Identifying personal talent, awareness of dysfunctional patterns, leadership style, and recognizing ones own reactive behavior, are part of this personal trajectory within the course.

From the 10th of November till the end of January, there is full-time education on Mondays and Fridays, with integrative exercises in between. The course is thus intensive in terms of personal involvement and time. It is aimed at Master’s students who possess leadership qualities, willingness and capability for self-reflection and behavioral change. It is suited for those who want to explore the vocation to professional trainership.
In the second semester (February-June 2015), selected students are given the opportunity for closely supervised training of 2nd year Bachelor’s students on Interpersonal Professional Skills (IBV), which may constitute an internship for Master’s trajectories (10 ECTS).

Course objectives

Students will acquire advanced knowledge, insight and skills necessary to design and perform training designs aimed at personal development and interpersonal professional skills.


Trainers Course Communication Skills (2014-2015):



Students need to enroll for lectures and work group sessions. Please consult the Instructions registration

Mode of instruction

  • Seminars,

  • plenary instruction meetings,

  • integrative homework exercises,

  • project group work

  • supervision and intervision

Students will practice skills and techniques in role-taking as trainer/teacher.

Assessment method

Next to a theory exam, 5 areas will be considered for assesment:

  • Training skills

  • Insight

  • Meta-cognitive skills

  • Learning capacity

  • Motivation and work attitude

And to monitor the mentioned above:

  • Integrative homework exercises, to integrate theory and practice

  • Active participation during all meetings. Satisfactory functioning in supervised assignments as well as the practice periods

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 will be available on after successful enrolment.

Reading list

Books can be borrowed for the duration of the course. Fee € 30,- :

  • Remmerswaal, J. (2013). 11e herziene druk. Handboek Groepsdynamica. Een nieuwe inleiding op theorie en praktijk. Soest, Uitgeverij Boom/Nelissen.

  • Oomkes. (2001 or 2004). Training als Beroep, deel 1 Trainingstheorie. Sociale en interculturele vaardigheid.

  • Cleiren et al. (2005). Wetenschappelijk Interviewen (Online syllabus through Blackboard).


Course enrollment

Students need to enroll for lectures and work group sessions. Please consult the Instructions on registration

NB: A limited number of places is available. An information meeting on the TCCS course will be held on the 27th of August (10.00 – 12.00 in room 5A29). Priority of admission is given to those students who have successfully taken part in IBV as part of their bachelor’s program at Leiden University (or a similar course) and who are willing to combine the TCCS course with their 10 EC internship (teaching IBV during the second semester, February – June 2015). Note that the master’s program of the Institute of Psychology no longer provides students with supervision over more than one internship; students who prefer to take another type of 10 EC internship (or a 20 EC clinical internship) can opt for payment for teaching IBV instead of 10 internship ECs. Formal enrolment for TCCS will take place at the same time as the enrolment for the other Master’s courses. An application interview is part of the final admission procedure.

Exam Registration

Students are not automatically enrolled for an examination. They need to register via uSis from 100 to 10 calendar days before the date of the exam; students who are not registered will not be permitted to take the examination. Registering for exams


Mw. Drs. Belinda Vos
Room 2B43
Tel: +31 (0)71 527 6458