MSc in Mental Health
The master's programme in Mental Health is a 1-year full-time or 2-year part-time programme only offered in the Dutch language. A Dutch language test (NT2-II; Dutch as a second language) is therefore required before entry.
The western world has witnessed a significant increase in the number of individuals seeking help for mental health problems. There is an urgent need for effective treatments for mental disorders. The Master of Science in Mental Health is a professionally oriented academic level master's programme focusing on the field of mental health.
The programme is characterized by a multidisciplinary, scientific approach to mental health issues and further builds on the knowledge and skills already acquired regarding psychological disorders, theoretical models and therapeutic approaches developed during the bachelor's phase. The programme provides graduates the education and the practical skills necessary to assess and manage various mental health care problems, treatments, and systems. In addition to knowledge acquisition, the master's programme in Mental Health focuses on learning essential skills in the areas of diagnostics, intervention, and research. The various courses therefore also include skills training. In addition, the programme gives students the opportunity to follow a clinical internship.
The curriculum and research projects of the master’s programme in Mental Health are closely linked to the Dutch-Flemish Postgraduate School for Experimental Psychopathology, (EPP). Whenever possible, research conducted for student master’s theses are supervised by a member of the EPP staff.
The Mental Health master’s programme prepares students for a career in mental health care. The programme offers two specializations, namely:
1. Adult Psychopathology
Students are required to take units in neuropsychological, psychotic and personality disorders, and will also learn clinical intervention strategies, diagnostics, and skills in designing, executing and reporting scientific research. Students have the choice of either doing a clinical internship at a certified mental health center or taking additional master's courses. Curriculum overview.
2. Child and Adolescent Psychopathology
Students are required to take units in internalizing, developmental and externalizing disorders in children and adolescents, and will also learn clinical intervention strategies, diagnostics, and skills in designing, executing and reporting scientific research. Students have the choice of either doing a clinical internship at a certified mental health center or taking additional master's courses. Curriculum overview.
Clinical internships and Dutch fluency requirement
The Mental Health programme collaborates with a variety of healthcare institutions to find clinical internships for master's students. Since most of these institutions are Dutch, fluency in Dutch is a prerequisite. Entrance requirements for postgraduate psychology studies and licensure include at least 520 clinical internship hours. The internship may be replaced by electives, but we do not offer electives ourselves, so students have to take them elsewhere.
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