Advanced Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Course description Advanced Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Year: 2017-2018
Catalog number: 6464CA06
  • S. Fincan MSc
  • and invited speakers
Language: English
Blackboard: Yes
EC: 5.0
Level: 500
Period: Semester 2, Block IV
Hours of study: 20:00 hrs
  • Yes Elective choice
  • No Contractonderwijs
  • Yes Exchange
  • Yes Study Abroad
  • No Evening course
  • No A la Carte
  • No Honours Class

Entry requirements

Only open to master’s students in Psychology. Students are strongly advised to first follow the course in Advanced Psycho-diagnostics.


This course extends students’ knowledge of abnormal development from infancy through to adolescence, and simultaneously builds knowledge around the approaches to assessment, prevention and intervention for clinical problems arising during this time.

Representative problems covered in the course include: Anxiety, Trauma, Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Personality Disorders, Schizophrenia, Conduct Disorders, and others.
During the course emphasis is given to:
1. The requirements to properly set a diagnosis;
2. Different forms of treatment and treatment planning;
3. Effectiveness of different forms of intervention and treatment.

Course objectives

The main course objective is to develop the academic skills and competencies necessary for psychologists to both critically and professionally participate in the decision making processes within the field of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Specifically, after course completion it is expected that students will be able to:
• analyse a patient case study in the form of a descriptive diagnosis, diagnosis hypotheses and a treatment plan achieved through case study analysis during workgroups and in the written paper;
• understand how symptom presentation in different contexts can influence the diagnostic process.


For the timetables of your lectures, work groups and exams, please select your study programme in:
Psychology timetables




Students need to enroll for lectures and work group sessions.
Master’s course registration

Mode of instruction

The course consists of 8 2-hour sessions.

Assessment method

The final grade is based on an exam (100%).

The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences has instituted that instructors use a software programme for the systematic detection of plagiarism in students’ written work. In case of fraud disciplinary actions will be taken. Please see the information concerning fraud.

Reading list

• Rutter, M. a.o. Rutter’s Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 5th ed. 2008 Blackwell Publishing (Textbook can be purchased from study association Labyrint with significant reduction).
• Additional literature related to each seminar topic will be provided during the course. A couple of examples:
- Crowell SE, Beauchaine TP, Linehan MM. (2009). A biosocial developmental model of borderline personality: Elaborating and extending Linehan’s theory. Psychological Bulletin 2009 May;135(3):495-510.
- Reichart C.G., Nolen W.A., Earlier onset of Bipolar Disorder in children by antidepressants or stimulants? A hypothesis. Journal of affective Disorders, 2004 jan,78(1):81-4.

Contact information

Mw. S. Fincan MSc