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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 2022.

ATTENTION: Tuesday August 30th 15-17 hours in 1A01 (subscription not required).


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 trainership.
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 timetable of this course please refer to MyTimetable



Students must register themselves for all course components (lectures, tutorials and practicals) they wish to follow. You can register up to 5 days prior to the start of the course.


It is mandatory for all students to register for each exam and to confirm registration for each exam in My Studymap. This is possible up to and including 10 calendar days prior to the examination. You cannot take an exam without a valid pre-registration and confirmation in My Studymap. Carefully read all information about the procedures and deadlines for registering for courses and exams.

Exchange students and external guest students will be informed by the education administration about the current registration procedure.

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 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, learning capacity, motivation and work attitude and meta cognition as shown in a portfolio. 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 a resit on the Oomkes book a maximum of 6 can be obtained. For the 5 practical skills 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

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