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Child and Adolescent Psychiatry


Admission requirements

Developmental Psychopatholoy (2nd year) or similar course.


This course extends students’ knowledge of normal and abnormal development from infancy through to adolescence, and simultaneously builds knowledge around the approaches to assessment and intervention for clinical problems arising during this time.

Representative problems covered in the course include:

  • Anxiety

  • Autism

  • Somatoform Disorders

  • Psychosis

  • Attention-deficit / hyperactivity disorder

  • Conduct disorders

  • Eating disorders.

The seminars will be conducted by experts in the topic being addressed, generally psychiatrists, with a strong emphasis on the daily practice within the field of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Course objectives

  • To develop insight into, and comprehension of the current relevant developments within the field of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

  • To get familiar with the different challenges in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and how they influence clinical decision making and health care.


Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (2010-2011):

Mode of instruction

Ten seminars, each incorporating a presentation by an expert in the field.

Assessment method

Exam: essay questions regarding the literature, discussed topics during lectures and one or two case examples in which a diagnostic or treatment policy has to be formulated. The textbook may be used during the exam.

From January 1, 2006 the Faculty of Social Sciences has instituted the Ephorus system to be used by instructors for the systematic detection of plagiarism in students’ written work. Please see the information concerning fraud .


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Reading list

Literature to be announced


Enrolment for courses of the second semester will take place in January 2011. More information will be available at the website of the Institute of Psychology in the Fall.

NB: Exam registration will take place via uSis, and will be open between a month and a week before the (re)exam. Students who haven’t registered, cannot participate in the exam.

Contact information

Prof. dr. P.M. Westenberg
Room 3B45
Phone: +31-71-527-3628