Care, treatment and support
During this one-year Master’s program, you will learn all about the psychological care, treatment, and support of children and young people. We will also address how policies and institutions can contribute to child development.
As a child and youth psychologist, you will study:
- systematic changes over the course of a child’s life;
- the developmental processes that underlie and account for these changes;
- the social context of developmental changes.
You will also learn knowledge and skills for assessing (diagnostics), treating (intervention), and preventing problematic youth development.
In addition to these topics, you will also learn about relevant societal issues, such as:
- bullying and its prevention
- juvenile criminal behavior
This program is offered by various chair groups, which conduct research into:
- development and influencing of psychopathology (Prof. Bram Orobio de Castro)
- social and personality development (Prof. Marcel van Aken)
- biological developmental psychology and developmental psychopathology (Prof. Chantal Kemner)
Researchers from these programs teach courses and supervise the students’ theses. Students also have the opportunity to take part in their research projects as research assistants.
Learn to look beyond the limits of psychology
In order to prevent and alleviate psycho-social problems in children and young people, a variety of perspectives are needed: pedagogical, medical, educational and sometimes legal. Students in this Master's program will, therefore, learn to consider these ‘non-psychological’ factors as well. You can also enroll in elective courses in other fields of study. If you do a clinical internship, you may work as part of a multi-disciplinary team together with child psychiatrists, social-psychiatric caregivers, social workers, and internal mentors.
The Master’s program is structured in such a way that you can begin your internship immediately in September. If you decide to enroll in our Master’s program, it is therefore vital that you start looking for an internship position in time. It becomes progressively more difficult to find an internship position if you start applying later in the year. Check the study program page for more about the internships.
For information about the internship and application procedures, please contact our internship coordinator at email@example.com as soon as possible after enrolling in the Master’s program.
Objective of the Program
You will develop into a scientist-practitioner, who is able to make a difference in the practice of child and adolescent psychology by tying the knowledge gained in theoretical courses to practical experience obtained during your internship. This Master's program prepares you for a career as a care provider, diagnostician or policy consultant. You may also choose to continue your studies, as this program qualifies you (in the Netherlands) for post-academic education as a clinical psychologist, school psychologist and the registration process for NIP Child- and Youth Psychologist/NIP Registered Psychologist/Child and Youth.
NIP Basic Psychodiagnostics Registration (BAPD)
Depending on your previous education, after completing this Master’s program, you can continue your studies and:
- earn the Basic Psychodiagnostics Registration (BAPD) (in Dutch) from the NIP (Dutch Association of Psychologists Psychologists);
- meet the entry requirements for the Health Care Psychologist training program (in the Netherlands).