Conversational Skills in Psychology
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleSOW-PSB2PS35E
Credits (ECTS)2
CategoryBA (Bachelor)
Language of instructionDutch, English
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Social Sciences; Psychology;
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dr. M.H.M. Breteler
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J. de Brouwer, MSc
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dr. A.F.J. Koens-Custers
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dr. C.M.C. Kwakkenbos
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dr. C.M.C. Kwakkenbos
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Academic year2018
SEM1  (03/09/2018 to 03/02/2019)
Starting block
Course mode
Registration using OSIRISNo
Course open to students from other facultiesNo
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
  1. You conduct a professional conversation through adequate communication skills, in which the conversation partner is able to clarify his/ her problems. The outcome of the conversation is a joint choice of the thought or behaviour of the conversation partner that is most relevant in relation to the main problem. 
  2. You can formulate hypotheses about possible maintaining factors in the conversation partner with regard to thoughts or behaviour that he/ she experiences as problematic.
  3. You systematically reflect on your professional development, including at least your conversation skills and professional behaviour (such as active participation during the workgroups, actively process feedback from your team members and giving constructive feedback to your team members).
Conversational Skills in Psychology is a practical course that requires a lot of active participation from teachers and students, both during the workgroup meetings and beyond. You will actively use role plays during the workgroup meetings, reflect on yourself, and receive and give feedback. In addition to the workgroup meetings, you will work on individual and team-based self-study assignments, which will often involve performing and reflecting on role plays. Different cases will be used in the workgroup meetings, to familiarize yourself with specific aspects of working with various individuals and different types of problems.
Additional comments
This course is offered once in academic year 2018-2019 for B2-students: in Period 2.
The course can be followed entirely in English (lectures, workgroup meetings and examination) or in Dutch (workgroup meetings and examination). Your preferred language must be indicated at registration.
Registration is open from 1 August 2018 until 15 September 2018.


Passed the ‘Professional Skills part B’ course B1 year in Psychology (propedeuse).
Proficient in English or Dutch language
The course can not be chosen as free-choice elective or as part of contract education.

Contact information
Course coordinator: Iris Peperkamp, MSc. For questions and suggestions, you can make an appointment for the open office hour by emailing to:

Required materials
Molen, H.T. van der, Lang, G., Trower P, & Look R. (2014). Psychological Communication. Theories, Roles and Skills for Counsellors. Amsterdam: Boom Uitgevers.
Course guide
Peperkamp, I. & Kwakkenbos, L. (2018). Course manual Conversational Skills in Psychology. Nijmegen: Radboud University. Download via Brightspace or order a bound copy through (as of mid-August).
Recording device; during the course, you will record your conversations using a smartphone, laptop or tablet.

Instructional modes
Attendance MandatoryYes

Working group
Attendance MandatoryYes

Final interview
Test weight60
OpportunitiesBlock SEM1, Block SEM1, Block SEM1, Block SEM2

Reflection report
Test weight40
OpportunitiesBlock SEM1, Block SEM1, Block SEM2