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RITHA Practitioner training

In this RITHA training you will gain insight into identifying and guiding the sometimes not yet visible abilities and educational needs of gifted children, adolescents and adults within care or education settings.


    What is de RITHA Practitioner training?

    For more than 25 years, Radboud University has offered the training to become an ECHA Specialist in Giftedness. The course has been intensively developed and evolved within the RadboudCSW into a state-of-the-art course in the field of giftedness: the Radboud International Training on High Ability, or RITHA for short. This training can be followed online or 'blended' in Nijmegen (Radboud University), Eindhoven (in collaboration with RINO Zuid), Rotterdam (in collaboration with CED) and Amsterdam (in collaboration with ABC).

    Within the RITHA Practitioner program you will follow three educational blocks in twelve months on the fundamentals and core themes of and scientific insights about giftedness. You will also learn the skills needed to translate science into practice. Upon completion, you may decide to develop further within the RITHA Specialist program. 

    Upon completion of this training:

    • You are familiar with the latest scientific insights in the field of giftedness;
    • You are able to identify (sometimes not yet visible) possibilities and educational needs of the gifted and highly gifted;
    • Do you have evidence-based skills to guide (highly) gifted children, adolescents or adults;
    • Have new contacts and have expanded your professional network;
    • You will receive the RITHA Certificate (Radboud University) and the ECHA Certificate (European Council for High Ability); 
    • Will be able to advance to the RITHA Specialist program

    Admission requirements

    • A completed college or university education;
    • A job in education, educational guidance or care or within a professional environment where giftedness and/or talent development is a theme;
    • Good reading skills in the English language (passive).

    Then the RITHA Practitioner program is for you.

    This training within your organization?

    We also offer our training and courses in-company. We would be happy to inform you about the possibilities. 

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    (024) 361 61 63

    Starting dates

    09 September 2024
    Educational method
    Combination of on-site and online
    Main Language
    09 September 2024, all day
    10 September 2024, all day
    11 September 2024, all day
    07 October 2024, 7 pm - 8 pm
    05 November 2024, 7 pm - 8 pm
    21 November 2024, 7 pm - 8 pm
    10 March 2025, all day
    11 March 2025, all day
    10 October 2025, all day
    11 September 2024
    Educational method
    Combination of on-site and online
    Main Language
    11 September 2024, all day
    12 September 2024, all day
    13 September 2024, all day
    07 October 2024, 4 pm - 5 pm
    04 November 2024, 4 pm - 5 pm
    18 November 2024, 4 pm - 5 pm
    05 March 2025, all day
    06 March 2025, all day
    08 October 2025, all day


    Type of education
    Entry requirements
    hbo- or university degree; a job in which giftedness is an issue
    Study hours
    Study load (ECTS)

    Contact information

    Do you have a question about this training? Or do you doubt that this training suits you? Please contact the training coordinator: radboudcsw [at] ru.nl (radboudcsw[at]ru[dot]nl) or tel. (024) 361 61 63. 

    Structure of the training

    The RITHA Practioner program in Nijmegen, Eindhoven, Rotterdam and Amsterdam consists of 80% online meetings and 20% on-site seminars. The program consists of three blocks and has a duration of 12 months. The program concludes with a Field Study. The study load is 420 hours (15 EC), where we assume an average study load of 10-12 hours per week. 

    More information?

    In the brochure you will find detailed information about the content and program of this course. For the application you will be temporarily redirected to an external website: 

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    Cover brochure Radboud International Training on High Ability

    Prof. dr. Lianne Hoogeveen

    Prof. dr. Lianne Hoogeveen, as associate professor of Identification, Support and Counseling of Talent at Radboud University, is involved in both initial and postgraduate education on giftedness. For example, she is a lecturer in the Department of Pedagogical Sciences, and is the lead trainer of the Radboud International Training on High Ability (RITHA). She also chairs the European Council for High Ability (ECHA). HHoogeveen conducts scientific research in the field of educational adjustments for students with (very) high (intellectual) abilities. As a researcher, she is affiliated with the Behavioural Science Institute (BSI) of Radboud University and collaborates in research and education with colleagues from various domestic and foreign universities. As a gz-psychologist, she counsels and treats children, adolescents and adults at CBO Talent Development

    prof. dr. A.J.M. Hoogeveen (Lianne)

    People should not be labeled as "gifted. The question should always be: what does this particular child, adolescent or adult need and how can we best provide it? For example, what are the needs of a child who has above-average complex thinking? We need professionals who are able to recognize the talent who are under-challenged and then know how best to deal with that

    Sven Mathijssen

    Dr. Sven Mathijssen is deputy chief trainer at RITHA, qualified by the European Council for High Ability (ECHA). Sven studied Psychology (major: Child & Youth) at Tilburg University, after which he worked as a developmental psychologist at the Center for Giftedness Research (CBO Talent Development). 

    Janneke Berendsen-Hulshof

    Janneke Berendsen-Hulshof is senior lecturer at RITHA and trainer/teacher at CBO Talent Development


    The cost of this course is € 7500 exempt from VAT. Alumni of Radboud University and RadboudCSW receive a 10% discount, as do employees of Radboud University and RadboudUMC. Prices are subject to change.

    This amount includes:

    • Enrollment, registration and administration fees.

    It is possible to pay in installments. Please contact the course coordinator for this: radboudcsw [at] ru.nl (radboudcsw[at]ru[dot]nl) or tel. (024) 361 61 63. 


    This course is suitable for participants with a (minimum) college level of thought and work. If you have any doubts about this, please contact the course coordinator: radboudcsw [at] ru.nl (radboudcsw[at]ru[dot]nl) or tel. (024) 361 61 63. Then we can discuss together whether this course suits you.

    Selection procedure

    There will be a selection procedure based on CV and short motivation. Within ten working days you will receive a decision on your admission. After you have been admitted, you will receive the application form to finalize your registration.

    Register for selection procedure