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Advanced Psychodiagnostics in Children and Adolescents


Admission requirements

Master students of Child and Adolescent Psychology.

Additonal information
Satisfactory completion of the course is necessary to start with the internship.


This Masters-level course provides education and training in the psycho diagnostic process of children with cognitive and social-emotional problems. It builds upon the 2nd year Bachelors courses in Psycho-diagnostics and Psychometrics.

This Master course focuses on an integration of information from the child’s different contexts (at least home and school contexts) during the various diagnostic processes, by emphasizing the different stages in the psychodiagnostic process:

  • intake/ interview

  • developing hypotheses

  • selecting criteria and materials (tests, questionnaires, observations etc.) for hypothesis testing

  • testing the child

  • integrating the data

Integrated diagnostic skills will be developed through:

  • training practical skills

  • practise of hypotheses development by means of discussion of cases

  • scoring and interpretation of test data

  • demonstration and use of the various diagnostic tools

  • practise of information collection through observation of the child in one of the contexts

  • practical training in anamnesis and social-interactive skills (with parents, children)

  • report writing

  • testing children at their homes

Various case histories supported with video demonstrations will be used to introduce the various psycho-diagnostic problem domains. Students will be given the opportunity to experience the diagnostic process through participation in and observation of various diagnostic activities.

Course objectives

The main objectives of this course are:

  • Students will acquire advanced knowledge of the psycho diagnostic processes.

  • Students will acquire skills necessary for various stages in the diagnostic process (from intake to integration of findings).

  • Students will learn to write a hypothesis driven psycho diagnostic report.


Advanced Psycho-diagnostics in Children and Adolescents (2014-2015):



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


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

Mode of instruction

  • Plenary lectures

  • (Smaller) workgroups

  • Guest speakers

Assessment method

  • Verbal examinations, integration of theory and practice.

  • One written case report

The Faculty of Social Sciences has instituted that instructors use a software programme for the systematic detection of plagiarism in students’ written work. In case of fraud disciplinary actions will be taken. Please see the information concerning fraud


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Reading list

For Dutch Speaking Students:

  • Kievit, Th., Tak, J.A., Bosch, J.D. (2008, 7e druk) (Eds.). Handboek psychodiagnostiek voor de hulpverlening aan kinderen. Utrecht: de Tijdstroom.

  • Pameijer, N.K., Beukering, J.T.E. van (2004). Handelingsgerichte diagnostiek: een praktijkmodel voor diagnostiek en advisering bij onderwijsleerproblemen. Leuven: Acco.

  • Verschueren, K & Koomen, H. (2007). Handboek Diagnostiek in de leerlingbegeleiding. Antwerpen-Apeldoorn: Garant

  • Artikelen via Blackboard

For English Speaking Students:

  • Car, A,. (2006). The Handbook of Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology. A contextual Approach, (2nd revised edition) London/ New York: Routledge

  • Various articles which will be announced later on Blackboard.

Contact information

Drs. E. Bohnen
Contact via secretary room 3B48
Phone +31 71 5273644