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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 Behavioral 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 supervised IBV training from February- June 2017.

An extensive information meeting about TCCS will take place Wednesday August 31st 10-12 am, 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 14th 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 trainer ship.

In the second semester (February-June 2017), selected students are given the opportunity for closely supervised training of 2nd year Bachelor’s students on Interpersonal Professional Skills, 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 students in personal development and interpersonal professional skills.

  • Students have insight in their own knowledge and skills in personal and professional development.


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

Work group sessions



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

The course consists of 9 3-hour plenary sessions and 16 3-hour work group sessions

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.

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 can be borrowed 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.