Methods of Professional Conduct
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleSOW-PSB1PS12E
Credits (ECTS)4
CategoryPB (Propaedeutic)
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Social Sciences; Psychology;
PreviousNext 5
dr. G. Bijlstra
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dr. L.M. Boer
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dr. M.H.M. Breteler
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dr. M.H.M. Breteler
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R. Bulterman
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Academic year2018
PER2  (05/11/2018 to 03/02/2019)
Starting block
Course mode
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesYes
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
You have gained insight in processes and professional skills, involved in psychological assessment in various work fields of psychology, i.e.
  1. The three phases of psychological assessment: analysis, inference and intervention.
  2. The clinical diagnostic cycle of De Bruyn (1995; FQ 6).
  3. Decision-making processes in assessment (FQ 6).
  4. Different perspectives in assessment: developmental, biopsychosocial and cultural (FQ 1, 2, 3, 6)
  5. Most common tasks of psychologists working in Neuropsychology, Health Psychology, Education, Work and Organisation, Career Counseling and Behavioural Change (FQ 1, 2, 3)
  6. Nature, aims and dilemmas in psychological assessment within these work fields (FQ 5)
  7. Most common professional skills involved in assessment: communication skills, observation, testing skills, feedback and reporting (FQ 6)
  8. You can characterize working methods of a scientist practitioner and describe appropriate interactions between science and practice:
    • You can explain how knowledge about human functioning is not fixed, but is constantly expanding by means of scientific research
    • You can explain how scientific research and professional practice are inextricably linked with each other in the various domains. You can explain the benefits and pitfalls of generating scientific knowledge for professional practice and the scientific research of practical problems.
  9. You can describe the methods of scientist practitioners from the different fields of psychology. 
  10. You can analyze a simple case from practice as a scientist practitioner; that is to say: on the basis of the diagnostic cycle and on the basis of scientific knowledge.
  11. You can assess the added value of the scientist practitioner's model for the practicing psychologist and are also capable of assessing the main strengths, dilemmas and weaknesses of this model.
In the course Methods of Professional Conduct (MPC) we elaborate on the model of the diagnostic cycle of De Bruyn (1995), as well as the problem-solving approach of Suhr (1995). Help questions can be answered with both models. In the professional practice of psychological conduct, usually three phases are distinguished: analysis, inference and intervention.
The model of the scientist practitioner is leading in the professional working method of the academically trained psychologist. This model states that science and practice necessarily interact and influence each other. For example, the results of research must be applied and adapted to professional practice. And, the psychological practice must also be subjected to research. Every psychologist needs to develop an academic attitude in practice, characterized by conscious, methodical and scientifically based action. 
You will apply this theoretical basis in assessments in a range of work fields, where psychologists find their employment: such as Neuropsychology, Health Psychology, Education, Work and Organization, Career Counseling and Behavioural Change. You will see that professional conduct differs between work fields and that the stages of diagnosis, inference and intervention may differ from the text book. 

Information on assessment 
Multiple choice examination.
Additional comments
MPC will continue in Professional Skills for Psychologists (PSP; PSB1PS13E): a practical in which you are trained in various professional skills (communication skills, test taking, psychological reports and presentation skills) relevant for you as a future psychologist. In order to participate in PSP, you need to have taken MPC.

Required materials
R. Breteler, E. In 't Ven, M. Reijs (2018). Reader Methods of professional conduct. Nijmegen: radboud University. Please order in time through

Instructional modes


Working group
Attendance MandatoryYes

Written examination: multiple choice
Test weight1
Test typeDigital exam with CIRRUS
OpportunitiesBlock PER2, Block PER3