Full course description
The success of a treatment or decision depends on the correct identification of the problematic situation: the diagnosis. Psychodiagnostics is the branch of psychology that evaluates individual problematic situations with psychological assessments. These assessments are used in judgments and in decision-making processes that have important consequences. Examples include personnel selection processes, neurological evaluations and educational career decisions.
To promote the quality of the psychodiagnostics profession, the Dutch Institute of Psychologists (NIP) has introduced a register for psychodiagnostics (i.e., the BAPD). In order to become registered, students are required to master the fundamental knowledge and skills that are rooted in the accepted psychodiagnostic principles. The registration is awarded by the NIP. Individuals who obtain the BAPD are incorporated in a public register that is managed by the NIP. Additional information about NIP registration and regulations can be found at: www.psynip.nl or on EleUM in the ‘Community’ tab under ‘Internships’.
The registration is intended for students who aim for a career in a clinically oriented discipline of psychology or who plan to attend the Dutch postgraduate training programme for health care psychology (GZ-psychology).
The psychodiagnostics registration (i.e., the BAPD) can be obtained for the 1-year FPN specialisations Developmental Psychology, Neuropsychology, Health and Social Psychology, Psychology and Law and Work and Organisational Psychology and the 2-year FPN specialisations Neuropsychology, Psychopathology, and Forensic Psychology. Registration is on the condition that students fulfil all the prerequisites set by the NIP, i.e., including a practical internship, writing three case reports, and having a specific theoretical background. With regard to the theoretical background: Students who graduate(d) in one of these FPN master’s specialisations and have a (recent) FPN Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology– fulfil the prerequisites regarding the theoretical background BAPD. Students who graduate(d) in one of the above FPN specialisations, but who hold a Bachelor’s Degree in (I) Psychology issued by another university or (II) in any other field can potentially only obtain the registration through the NIP. This last-mentioned group of students should contact the FPN Examination Board in a timely manner, to discuss the alternatives.