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Trainers Course Communication Skills


Entry requirements

Admission through selection procedure, criteria:

  • Dutch speaking master’s students Psychology

  • Have taken the Interpersonal Professional Skills course (IBV) 2nd year BSc Psychology at Leiden University or an equivalent course elsewhere.

  • Precedence will be given to students who can continue to give the IPS (IBV) training from February- June 2020.

An extensive information meeting about TCCS will take place Wednesday August 28th 2019 11-13 hrs in room 5A47. Further information will be published on Blackboard.


This is a trainers 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 training, on a task level, students practice core perceptual- and behavioural 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 with 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 behaviour, are part of this personal trajectory within the course. From the beginning 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 are willing and able to critically reflect on one’s own and other’s behaviour. It is suited for those who want to explore the vocation to professional trainer ship.
In the second semester (February-June), selected students are given the opportunity to train 2nd year Bachelor’s students on Interpersonal Professional Skills (Interpersoonlijke Beroepsvaardigheden), which may constitute an internship for Master’s trajectories (10 EC).

Course objectives

  • Students are able to apply theory to training design.

  • Students have the skills to train other people in personal development and interpersonal professional skills.

  • Students have insight in their own knowledge and skills in personal and professional development.


For the timetables of your lectures, work groups and exams, please select your study programme in: Psychology timetables




Students need to enrol for this course on August 29th 2019, the Master’s course registration day.


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

The course consists of 9 3-hour plenary sessions and 16 3-hour work group sessions. Students will practice skills and techniques three times in role-taking as trainer/teacher. Weekly integrative and reflective homework exercises. Weekly project group work (8 2-hour work group sessions).

Assessment method

Next to two theory tests (30%), 5 areas will be considered for assessment (70%): Training skills, insight, meta-cognitive skills, learning capacity, motivation and work attitude. The theory test on the Remmerwaal book with a grade < 5 needs to be resitted, a grade 5.0-5.49 can optionally be resitted. The theory test on the Oomkes book will be provided with feedback. A grade on this test < 5 needs to be resitted, a grade 5.0-5.49 can optionally be resitted. On this resit a maximum of 6 can be obtained. For the 5 practical skill assessed, feedback will be provided all during the course.

The Institute of Psychology follows the policy of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences to systematically check student papers for plagiarism with the help of software. Disciplinary measures will be taken when fraud is detected. Students are expected to be familiar with and understand the implications of this fraud policy.

Reading list

Lang, G. & Van der Molen, H.T. (2014). Psychologische Gespreksvoering. Uitgeverij Boom/Nelissen 16de of 17de druk 2015 (eerdere versies zijn niet bruikbaar). Tweedehands exemplaren zijn niet bruikbaar. Ieder boek heeft een unieke code die nodig is voor de online oefeningen. ISBN: 9789024402021

Remmerswaal, J. (2013). Handboek Groepsdynamica. 11de herziene druk (eerdere versies zijn niet bruikbaar). This book can be borrowed from the University.

Oomkes F. (2001 or 2004). Training als Beroep, deel 1 Trainingstheorie. Sociale en interculturele vaardigheid. This book is no longer for sale (only second-hand), but can be borrowed from the University.

Contact information

C.J.M. Verhoeven
E.N. Verwayen