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Child and Adolescent Psychiatry


Admission requirements

First year psychology completed. Developmental Psychopathology (2nd year) or similar course recommended (in the latter case, contact the Psychology study advisors for admission).


This course extends students’ knowledge of normal and abnormal development from infancy through to adolescence, and simultaneously builds knowledge around the approaches to assessment and intervention for clinical problems arising during this time.

Representative problems covered in the course include:

  • Anxiety

  • Autism

  • Somatoform Disorders

  • Psychosis

  • Attention-deficit / hyperactivity disorder

  • Conduct disorders

  • Eating disorders.

The seminars will be conducted by experts in the topic being addressed, generally psychiatrists, with a strong emphasis on the daily practice within the field of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Course objectives

  • To develop insight into, and comprehension of the current relevant developments within the field of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

  • To get familiar with the different challenges in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and how they influence clinical decision making and health care.


Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (2011-2012):

Mode of instruction

Ten seminars, each incorporating a presentation by an expert in the field.

Assessment method

Exam: essay questions about the literature, discussed topics during lectures and one or two case examples in which a diagnostic or treatment policy has to be formulated. The textbook may be used during the exam.

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 .


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Reading list

Literature to be announced


Registration for the (re)exam is not automatic. Students, who haven’t registered, cannot participate in the (re)exam

Contact information

Prof. dr. P.M. Westenberg
Room 3B45
Phone: +31-71-5273628