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Advanced Psychodiagnostics in Children and Adolescents


Entry requirements

Master’s students Psychology with specialisation Child and Adolescent Psychology.


This course provides education and training in the psycho diagnostic assessment of children with cognitive and social-emotional problems. It builds upon the courses Psycho-diagnostics and Psychometrics. This course focuses on the integration of information from the child’s different contexts (at least home and school contexts) during the diagnostic assessment, by emphasizing the different stages in the psychodiagnostic process, such as the intake interview, developing hypotheses, test selection, assessment and integrating all the information in a diagnostic assessment report. Legal-ethical considerations of assessing childen will also be discussed.

Integrated diagnostic skills will be developed through: Training of practical skills, demonstration and case discussions during workgroups. In addition, Students will conduct an assessment and write an assessment report to practice. The use of various diagnostic tools, interviewing young people and parents, observation, scoring, interpretation of findings and report writing. Students are expected to find a suitable young person with whom they can practice these skills; relevant information is provided on Blackboard.

Course objectives

Upon completion of this course, students have:

  • Acquired advanced knowledge of the psycho diagnostic process;

  • Acquired skills necessary for various stages in the diagnostic process (from intake to integration of findings); and

  • Can formulate a clinical case conceptualization at the individual level based on scientific theories;
    *Can integrate intake information, observations and test results into a diagnostic case formulation;

  • Can write and present a hypothesis-driven psychodiagnostic report.


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

Lectures 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
The language of assessment is English for international students and Dutch for students from the Netherlands.

Mode of instruction

The course consists of 8 plenary 2-hour lectures and 8 2-hour work group sessions. Presence during lectures and work group sessions is mandatory. There is an optional 2-hour Q&A session in preparation of the exam towards the end of the course.
Lectures are in English. Workgroups are in English for international students and in Dutch for Dutch students.

Assessment method

The final grade is based on: An oral case presentation (50%) and 1 written psychodiagnostic report (50%). The maximum grade for the resit is 6 because the resit consists of a revision of the original assignment.

The Institute of Psychology follows the policy of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences to systematically check student papers for plagiarism with the help of software. Disciplinary measures will be taken when fraud is detected. Students are expected to be familiar with and understand the implications of this fraud policy.

Reading list

For Dutch speaking students:

  • Tak, J.A., Bosch, J.D., Begeer, S., & Albrecht, G. (2014, 8e druk) (Eds.). Handboek psychodiagnostiek voor de hulpverlening aan kinderen. Utrecht: de Tijdstroom.

  • Bosmans, G., Bijtebier, P., Noens, I., & Claes, L.(2017). Diagnostiek bij kinderen, jongeren en gezinnen, deel 3: Ontwikkelingsdomeinen in het vizier.

  • Bosmans, G., Bijtebier, P., Noens, I., & Claes, L.(2017). Diagnostiek bij kinderen, jongeren en gezinnen, deel 4: specifieke klachten onder de loep.

Recommended reading (not compulsory):
Pameijer, N.K., Beukering, J.T.E. van (2015). Handelingsgerichte diagnostiek in het onderwijs. Een praktijkmodel voor diagnostiek en advisering. Leuven: Acco.

For English speaking students:

  • Frick, P.J., Barry, C.T., & Kamphaus, R.W. (2010). Clinical assessment of children’s personality and behavior, (3rd edition). New York: Springer.

  • Carr, A. (2015). The handbook of child and adolescent clinical psychology: A contextual approach. Routledge.

  • Additional articles and chapters will be linked to on Blackboard.

Contact information

Dr. Anika Bexkens