Full course description
Students specialising in Psychopathology or in Neuropsychology may choose to conduct a 13-week clinical internship in an approved setting. The clinical internship can be conducted in conjunction with the research internship or separately. Students are required to submit an additional (clinical) research proposal and scientific report (the minor’s thesis) based on client/patient-based investigations performed during the clinical internship. The aims of the clinical internship are twofold. Firstly, the internship is meant to provide experience in conducting research in a clinical setting; a small-scale research project culminates in the minor’s thesis. Secondly, the internship provides an introduction to the organisation and practice of mental health care, as well as basic experience in clinical diagnosis and therapeutic interventions. To this end, students will be supervised and assessed by a mental health professional with respect to their clinical skills. A clinical activities report is written and assessed by the faculty supervisor. Both parts (clinical internship and clinical activities report) should be assessed sufficiently to obtain the (15) credits. For Psychopathology and Neuropsychology students who choose to undertake a clinical internship, the clinical internship and minor’s thesis will be assigned 20 credits, and the research internship and master’s thesis will be assigned 30 credits.
A detailed guide on clinical internships and the minor’s thesis can be found on www.askpsy.nl > FPN Research Master Students > Internships. Although it is not a requirement of the research master’s programme, students who wish to meet Dutch requirements for admission to advanced clinical training programmes are advised to extend their clinical internship by at least two weeks.
- RM Psychopathology Internship Coordinator:
Nicole Geschwind, Clinical Psychological Science (FPN),
Phone (043) 38 81487, 40 Universiteitssingel East, Room 2.767,
- RM Neuropsychology Internship Coordinator:
Esther Keulers, Neuropsychology and Psychopharmacology (FPN),
Phone (043) 38 82932, 40 Universiteitssingel East, Room 2.755,
Students are able to understand the work environment of the clinical psychologist. This internship gives students the opportunity to practice clinical skills in a real-life setting and to design and conduct a small-scale clinical research project.
The clinical internship cannot be started until:
- At least 60 credits have been attained during the programme;
- The above mentioned 60 credits must include the courses Advanced Statistics I and II, and, for students following the Psychopathology specialisation, all Clinical Skills (I-IV) training must be included and for students following the Neuropsychology specialisation the following skills training courses must have been completed:
- Neuropsychological Assessments;
- Basic Cognitive Psychological Skills;
- Psychophysiological Skills;
- Neuropsychology in practice.
Additional requirements can apply to students who did not obtain a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and/or a bachelor’s degree at Maastricht University.