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Basic Therapeutic Skills


Admission requirements

Only open to master students Clinical Psychology and Health Psychology.


Basic Therapeutic Skills is a course in professional skills in which the student will learn to understand and apply basic psychotherapeutic skills in a clinical and health psychological setting.

Course objectives

  • From a theoretical perspective students will understand what patients need from a psychotherapeutic relationship in order to benefit from treatment.

  • From a practical perspective students will learn basic therapeutic skills (such as observational skills, establishing rapport, therapeutic interviewing, handling crises) to facilitate and manage a psychotherapeutic relationship.

  • Also students make the first steps in using themselves as an instrument for monitoring and evaluating psychotherapeutic processes.


Basic Therapeutic Skills (2012-2013):


Health Psychology students: The lecture on 3 September is cancelled.
Health Psychology and Clinical Psychology students: lecture on 4 September.

Mode of instruction

To reach the objectives students read and discuss relevant literature, practice therapeutic skills in small supervised and unsupervised groups and are willing to discuss their own professional skills with other students and staff. An important didactic device is the self-monitoring process of professional development. Students write a paper about their professional development.

There will be two scheduled sessions each week. Full attendance is mandatory.

Assessment method

Assessment will be based on three assessments:

  • full attendance for the work group sessions;

  • engagement in a learning process, which implies an active participation in the workgroups and a willingness to reflect on professional development;

  • written reflections on professional development

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

  • Heaton, J.A. (1998). Building Basic Therapeutic Skills. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass

  • Additional reading will be supplied by the staff


Course enrolment

Students need to enrol for the course via uSis on the master’s introduction and course enrolment day that takes place at the start of each semester. Please, consult the master’s agenda Psychology.

Contact information

Dr. Hendrik Koopman (for specialisation Clinical Psychology)
Room 2B25
Tel.: +31 (0)71 527 4068

Drs. V. Janssen (for specialisation Health Psychology)
Unit of Clinical, Health and Neuropsychology
Room 2B49
Tel: +31 (0)71 527 3676