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Basic Therapeutic Skills


Admission requirements

Only open to master students Clinical Psychology and Health Psychology.


Basic Therapeutic 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.

  • Students will also take the first step in using themselves as an instrument for monitoring and evaluating psychotherapeutic processes.


Basic Therapeutic Skills (2014-2015):


Health Psychology and Clinical Psychology students: Introductory Lecture on 8 September 2014 and 9 February 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

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

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


Information on

Reading list

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

  • Additional reading will be supplied by the staff

Contact information

Dr. Hendrik M. Koopman (for specialisation Clinical Psychology)
Room 2B25
Tel.: +31 (0)71 527 4068

Dr. V. Janssen (for specialisation Health Psychology)
Unit Health, Medical and Neuropsychology
Room 2B53
Tel: +31 (0)71 527 3676