- Only open to MSc students in Psychology with specialisation Child and Adolescent Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Clinical Neuropsychology, Health and Medical Psychology or School Psychology.
- Mandatory courses as specified in the Course and Examination Regulations.
Students in the aforementioned five master specialisations are offered the option of an Internal Practical Internship (IPI). Students acquire hands-on professional skills in fields pertaining to the specialisation within the university setting.
Students of the specialisation Clinical Psychology can partake in an internal trajectory that has been created to allow them to meet the criteria of a 10 EC internship in the field: Psychological Coaching in Life & Life Style Issues. The practical internal internship is offered once every year, in the form of a trajectory between February and May, for about 2 days a week. The first part of this is an intensive training period, with practical exercises. In the second part, the student will perform individual and/or group coaching to p.e. international students from the Leiden University population.
Students of the specialisations Clinical Neuropsychology and Health and Medical Psychology are offered a similar internship. The practical internal internship is offered once every year, in the form of a trajectory between February and May, for about 2 days a week. The first part of this is an intensive training period, with practical exercises. In the second part, the student will perform individual and/or group coaching to p.e. international students from the Leiden University International student population.
In the specialisation Child and Adolescent Psychology and School Psychology the Internal Practical Internship is equivalent to 10 EC, representing 280 hours of work. It involves participation in two Plus-Version components and the preparation of a Final Report. The Plus Versions are attached to regular mandatory courses of the specialisation. Each Plus Version component is equivalent to 4 EC (112 hours each), and the Final Report is equivalent to 2 EC (56 hours). Once students have completed two Plus-Version programs they may prepare (or finish preparing) their Final Report. The internship is primarily conducted within the Developmental and Educational Psychology Unit at Leiden University, but some work takes place in the home or school setting.
In general in the Internal Practical internship, students learn how to:
- apply their knowledge, understanding and problem solving abilities in a new and unfamiliar task environment within a broader (or multi-disciplinary) context related to their field of specialisation.
- integrate knowledge and handle complexity by formulating judgments with incomplete or limited information. These judgements should reflect social and ethical responsibilities.
- perform basic skills to provide evidence-based psychological treatment (or parts thereof) to clients
- perform specialized skills in the area of interviewing, observing, and reporting;
- communicate their judgements (and the knowledge and rationale underpinning these judgements) clearly and unambiguously to specialist and non-specialist audiences.
Please note: The Internal Practical Internship does not meet the requirements for entry into the postmaster training program to achieve registration in the Netherlands as a GZ (gezondheidszorg = healthcare) psychologist. International students should also check the regulations in their home country to determine whether the 10 EC fulfils national requirements for registration as a psychologist.
Registration with the internship coordinator of the student’s specialisation.
Mode of instruction
280 practical hours
The student writes an internship report. Assessment by a university staff member. The final assessment is by the examinator based on a set of evaluation criteria specific for the Master specialisation of the student.
The Faculty of Social and Behavioural 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.
For both Dutch and international students the ethical code of the Dutch Association of Psychologists or the American Association of Psychologists is required reading for the internship:
- Dutch Association of Psychologists (NIP) code
- Code of Conduct of American Psychological Association
Members of Labyrint, the Study Association in Psychology, can purchase books with a discount from the Labyrint webshop.
Internship coordinator of the Master specialisation