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Advanced Child and Adolescent Psychiatry


Admission requirements

Master’s students MSc Psychology. Pass for ‘Advanced Psycho-diagnostics’ is advised.


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

Representative problems covered in the course include: Anxiety, Trauma, Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD), Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Personality Disorders, Schizophrenia, Conduct Disorders, Delinquency, Substance Abuse, Suicide prevention, and others.

The seminars, generally conducted by an expert in the topic being addressed, comprise case presentations, scientific developments and trends, issues in society, and discussion.
Special emphasis is given to:

  • The requirements to properly set a diagnosis

  • Designing a (treatment) policy

  • Critical evaluation of (scientific) information. E.g. related to the effectiveness of different forms of intervention and treatment

Course objectives

To develop the academic skills and competences necessary for psychologists to both critically and professionally participate in the decision making processes within the field of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.


Advanced Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (2011-2012):

Mode of instruction

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

Assessment method

A ‘pass’ for the preparation class is necessary to acknowledge the exam-result. If the requirements for a ‘pass’ are not met (not present, insufficient participation), an extra assignment has to be completed.

Exam: open questions regarding literature, discussed topics during lectures and 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 .


Information on

Reading list

  • Rutter, M. a.o. Rutter’s Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 5th ed. 2008 Blackwell Publishing.
    Attention: Textbook can be purchased from study association Labyrint (with significant reduction).

  • Additional literature will be provided during the course.


Master’s introduction and enrolment day

Make a reservation in your agenda so you will not miss any information that you will need during your master’s programme MSc in Psychology. Please consult the Agenda master meetings

Exam registration

Registration for the (re)exam is not automatic. Students, who haven’t registered, cannot participate in the (re)exam

Contact information

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