nl en

Trainers Course Communication Skills


Entry requirements

Admission through selection procedure, criteria:

  • Dutch speaking Master’s students Psychology

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

  • Students who can continue after TCCS in a practice period (giving IBV in the second semester) will get precedence in the selection.

A limited number of places is available. Priority of admission is given to those students who have successfully taken part in IBV as part of their bachelor’s program at Leiden University (or a similar course) and who are willing to combine the TCCS course with teaching IBV during the second semester, February – June 2016. Note that the master’s program of the Institute of Psychology no longer provides students with supervision over more than one internship. Students can use the ‘teaching IBV’’as their internship (10 EC). Students who prefer to take another type of 10 EC internship (or a 20 EC clinical internship) can opt for teaching IBV as work experience instead of 10 internship ECs. Formal enrolment for TCCS will take place at the same time as the enrolment for the other Master’s courses. An application interview is part of the final admission procedure.

An information meeting on this course will be held on the 26th of August 2015 (11.00 – 13.00hrs in room 1A37).


This is a training 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 for 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 9th 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 possess leadership qualities, willingness and capability for self-reflection and behavioural change. It is suited for those who want to explore the vocation to professional trainership.
In the second semester (February-June 2016), selected students are given the opportunity for closely supervised training of 2nd year Bachelor’s students on Interpersonal Professional Skills (IBV), which may constitute an internship for Master’s trajectories (10 ECTS).

Course objectives

Students will acquire advanced knowledge, insight and skills necessary to design and perform training designs aimed at personal development and interpersonal professional skills.


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



Students need to enroll for lectures and work group sessions.
Master’s course registration.


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

  • 9 plenary sessions of 3 hours

  • 18 workgroups of 3 hours

  • Students will 3 times practice skills and techniques in role-taking as trainer/teacher

  • Weekly integrative and reflective homework exercises

  • Weekly project group work (2 hours)

Assessment method

Next to a theory exam (30%), 5 areas will be considered for assessment (70%):

  • Training skills

  • Insight

  • Meta-cognitive skills

  • Learning capacity

  • Motivation and work attitude

And to monitor the mentioned above:

  • Homework exercises, to integrate theory and practice

  • Active participation during all meetings.

  • Satisfactory functioning in supervised assignments as well as the practice periods

The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences has instituted that instructors use a software programme for the systematic detection of plagiarism in students’ written work. In case of fraud disciplinary actions will be taken. Please see the information concerning fraud.

Reading list

The following books you can borrow for the duration of the course. Fee € 30,- :

  • Remmerswaal, J. (2013). 11e herziene druk. Handboek Groepsdynamica. Een nieuwe inleiding op theorie en praktijk. Soest, Uitgeverij Boom/Nelissen.

  • Oomkes. (2001 or 2004). Training als Beroep, deel 1 Trainingstheorie. Sociale en interculturele vaardigheid.
    This book you have to buy:

  • Lang G.,van der Molen, H. (2012) Psychologische gespreksvoering. Een basis voor hulpverlening. Soest, Uitgeverij Boom/Nelissen.

Contact information

Sara Makkenze MSc.