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Psychology: Child and Adolescent Psychology


Children and adolescents may experience a wide range of psychological difficulties.

This Master’s specialisation offers intensive studies in developmental psychopathology, helps students translate theory into practice in addressing the varied needs and difficulties experienced by children and adolescents, fosters the development of key skills for clinical work with young people, and prepares students for entry into Post-Masters training programmes and employment in education and mental health settings.

The focus of the Master’s programme is on psychological and educational problems in childhood and adolescence, but good understanding of atypical development requires a solid understanding of normal development.

In the process, students will have developed skills to empower young people and their families and teachers to overcome psychological problems that can occur among children and adolescents. Students will be expert in both the normal development of children and adolescents, and in the psychological problems that may arise.

This program can also help prepare students for entry into Post-Masters training programmes and employment in education and mental health settings.


Child and Adolescent Psychology prepares students for the assessment and treatment of psychological difficulties that may be experienced by children and adolescents. Students acquire in depth knowledge about:

  • theoretical models of social and cognitive development and the interplay of risk and protective factors in atypical development;

  • ways to differentiate atypical from typical development and the use of classification systems of childhood disorders; and

  • choosing and applying the most appropriate intervention strategy for each problem area.


The curriculum of 60 EC offers a variety of courses and a supervised master thesis. The specialisation consists of:

  • 4 mandatory courses (20 EC)

  • thesis (20 EC)

  • practical internship (10 EC) and 10 EC elective course(s) or a clinical practical internship (20 EC)


On Thursday, January 26th, 2017 master’s students enrol for all courses at the Master’s introduction and course enrolment day. At this day the attendance of first year master’s students in Psychology is required if they start with a master’s programme.
Master’s course registration

First Year

Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Compulsory components

Advanced Psychodiagnostics in Children and Adolescents 5
Behaviour Training with Children 5
Solution Focused Therapy 5
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy with Young People 5
Master Thesis in MSc. Psychology 20

Choose one of the following options as an internship

Internal Practical Internship 10
Practical Internship Psychology 10
Research Internship Psychology (MSc) 10
Clinical Practical Internship Psychology 20

Recommended elective(s)

If an internship of 10EC is chosen, add 10EC electives.
See overview of all electives

Child Neuropsychology: Theory and Assessment of Neurodevelopmental Disorders 5
Trainers Course Communication Skills 10
Advanced Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 5
Transdiagnostic Approach of Eating Disorders 5

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Additional information



Dr. Harrie Boelens for Dutch students
Dr. David Heyne for international students

Thesis coordinator

Dr. Harrie Boelens

Internship coordinator

Clinical internships and external practical internships for Dutch students:
Drs. Erica Bohnen
Clinical internships and external practical internships for international students:
Dr. Anika Bexkens
Internal practica internships and research interships for all students:
Dr. David Heyne

Student representative

Find your student representative in the overview of programme committee members: Student representative

General coordinator

Dr. Harrie Boelens