RITHA lessituatie
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RITHA Specialist training

In this course, you will learn how to contribute to the field of giftedness by developing an evidence-based end product for practice. 


    What is de RITHA Specialist training?

    For more than 25 years, Radboud University has offered the ECHA Specialist Giftedness training. The training has been intensively developed and evolved within the RadboudCSW into a state-of-the-art training 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).

    The first twelve months you learn about the fundamentals and core themes of and scientific insights about giftedness, and the skills needed to translate science into practice (RITHA Practitioner program). In the last twelve months, you will work, from this knowledge and skills, on a concrete end product for practice. In this way you make a scientific contribution to the field of giftedness. 

    Upon completion of this course:

    • 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;
    • You have evidence-based skills to guide gifted and highly gifted children, adolescents or adults;
    • Have developed your own final product that you can use in practice as a care or education professional or independent coach;
    • Have made new contacts and expanded your professional network;
    • Will receive the RITHA Specialist Certificate (Radboud University) and the ECHA Certificate (European Council for High Ability). 

    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 Specialist training is for you.

    In the RITHA Specialist training you always start first with the RITHA Practitioner training

    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
    Eindhoven and Nijmegen
    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 October 2024, 7 pm - 8 pm
    10 March 2025, all day
    11 March 2025, all day
    10 October 2025, all day
    27 October 2025, all day
    01 October 2026, all day
    02 October 2025, all day
    11 September 2024
    Amsterdam and Nijmegen
    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
    27 October 2025, all day
    01 October 2026, all day
    02 October 2026, all day


    Type of education
    Entry requirements
    Academic level of thinking
    Study hours
    Study load (ECTS)

    Contact information

    Do you have a question about this course? 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. 

    Training format.

    The RITHA Specialist program consists of 80% online meetings and 20% on-site seminar. The overall program consists of four blocks, spread over 24 months. The study load is 840 hours (30 EC), where we assume an average study load of 8-10 hours per week.

    You start with the basic program, which consists of three blocks, spread over 12 months: the RITHA Practitioner training. This part of the training can be followed in Nijmegen, Eindhoven, Rotterdam or Amsterdam and is concluded with a Field Study.

    In the fourth block you will specialize for 12 months with your scientifically sound Final Product. The final presentation will take place at the Radboud University Nijmegen campus.  

    More information?

    In the brochure you will find detailed information about the content and program of this course. 

    Request brochure

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    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 24-month course is €12,400 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.

    Registration selection procedure