Professional Skills for Psychologists
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleSOW-PSB1PS13E
Credits (ECTS)5
CategoryPB (Propaedeutic)
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Social Sciences; Psychology;
dr. M.H.M. Breteler
Other course modules lecturer
J.A.M. van Kraaij, MSc
Other course modules lecturer
drs. E. in t Ven
Other course modules lecturer
drs. E. in t Ven
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Contactperson for the course
drs. E. in t Ven
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Academic year2018
SEM2  (04/02/2019 to 12/07/2019)
Starting block
Course mode
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesNo
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-

You can apply basic professional skills in practical situations, derived from the work fields of psychologists. This allows you to gain insight into the factors that play a role in a professional relationship. You will learn to analyze which factors play a role in the behaviour of a person who is the subject in that relationship. You can report the acquired professional insights.

  1. You can apply the following conversation skills: listening, summarizing, asking questions, paraphrasing, reflecting.
  2. You can observe behavior systematically.
  3. You can take questionnaires, score and tie up in conversation.
  4. Based on a conversation, you can formulate hypotheses about factors that may play a role.
  5. You can write a report about the assessment results.
  6. You can prepare an intervention based on diagnostics.
  7. You can characterize the work of a scientist-practitioner including the interactions between science and practice:
    1. You can explain how knowledge about human life is not fixed, but develops continuously due to scientific research.
    2. You can explain how scientific research and professional practice are connected to each other in the various domains. You can explain the pitfalls and advantages of generating scientific research for the professional practice and the scientific research of the practical problems.
  8. You can get an image of scientist practitioners from the different workfields of psychology.
  9. 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.
  10. You can assess the added value of the scientist practitioner's model for the practicing psychologist and you are able to judge the most important points, dilemmas and weaknesses or this model.
  11. You can reflect academically on your own development as a scientist-practitioner:
    1. You can identify some strengths and weaknesses of your functioning regarding scientific action in psychological practice.
    2. You can form hypotheses about the backgrounds of these strengths and weaknesses.
  12. You can formulate solutions for your weaknesses and you can optimize your strengths. You can present the reflection on your own development as a scientist practitioner.

Methods of Professional Conduct (MPC) is succeeded by Professional Skills for Psychologists (PS): a practicum in which students are trained in various professional skills, that psychologists apply in various work fields, i.e. conversational skills, test taking, psychological reporting and presentation skills.
Assessment information:
  • Conversational skills (40% of final grade)
  • Testing and Writing skills (30% of final grade)
  • Presentation skills (30% of final grade) 
  • Individual study TrainTool (0% of final grade; a passing mark is required).
Instructional modes
Attendance MandatoryYes


Attendance MandatoryYes

Conversational Skills
Test weight40
Test typeskillstest
OpportunitiesBlock SEM2, Block SEM2

Test and Writing Skill
Test weight30
Test typeskillstest
OpportunitiesBlock SEM2, Block SEM2

Presentation Skills
Test weight30
Test typePresentation
OpportunitiesBlock SEM2, Block SEM2

Self study TrainTool
Test weight0
Test typeAssignment
OpportunitiesBlock SEM2, Block SEM2