Child and Adolescent Psychology

This programme offers intensive courses in developmental psychopathology and learning problems.

The mission of the ‘Child and Adolescent Psychology’ programme is to facilitate children’s and adolescents’ optimal development. We do this by empowering students to then empower young people to successfully negotiate the hurdles inherent to development. This requires accounting for the young person’s family and school contexts and the other contexts in which they live (e.g., culture and free time). In pursuing this mission, we focus on the following:

  • Building students’ knowledge and skills, as well as a professional and scientific attitude, based on a strong theoretical background and real-life practice.
  • Fostering student’s understanding of the transactions between young people, the systems around them, and the helping professional.
  • Helping students stay informed about new developments in the field.
  • Responding to each student’s needs by providing diverse solutions for academic and practical challenges, via individual mentoring and catch-up courses.
  • Ensuring that students wishing to enter the Mental Health (GZ) or School Psychologist post-Master’s programs are eligible.

The programme offers intensive courses in understanding, assessing, and treating the wide range of psychological and educational difficulties that may be experienced by young people. Students acquire in-depth knowledge and hands-on practice, including:

  • Theoretical models of social-emotional 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;
  • Intelligence assessment with a child or adolescent;
  • Behaviour training with a child;
  • Cognitive therapy with an adolescent and/or solution-focused therapy with small groups of children;
  • Choosing and applying the most appropriate intervention strategy for each problem area,

Students can orient their study programme towards work with young people in clinical and/or educational settings. The broad range of career paths open to students undertaking the Master’s program are described in Career

Master details

  • Dit is een afstudeerrichting van: Psychology
  • Graad Master of Science in Psychology
  • Onderwijsvorm Full-time
  • Duur 1 year
  • Start September and February
  • Taal English
  • Vestigingsplaats Leiden
  • Croho/isatcode 66604

Eveline Crone in DWDD

Prof. Eveline Crone, PhD on the adolescent brain (in Dutch).

Why adolescents smoke cigarettes

Barbara Braams at the Dutch television (het Jeugdjournaal) on adolescents and smoking.
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Intentional inhibition

Margot Schel PhD on intentional inhibition at an early age

What our alumni say

Marjolein, graduated in 2010

“I like the most at my job that everyone has their own story to tell, and these stories are often very interesting to hear.”

“After graduating from my Master’s in Child & Adolescent Psychology I went on to do the Master’s in Social and Organisational Psychology. After graduating, I started working as a psychologist, in which I’ve been able to use what I learned in both of these Master’s programs.”

“At the moment I’m a medior consultant in the Selections department of the Ministry of Defence. I’m involved in the intake and promotion of candidates for military functions within the various armed forces.”

“I engage candidates in a psychological interview, analyse test results, and provide advice on the (un)suitability of the candidate for the proposed function. My work involves speaking with many different (mostly adolescent) people and quickly learning about their lives.”

“The Child and Adolescent program gained me a lot of insight into the difficulties that people can experience in their youth and this helps me to connect with the people I work with.”

Empathy in adolescence

Sandy Overgaauw PhD on Empathy in adolescence: convenient or key?

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