The programme offers two tracks:

  • Track 1: Care for Children, Youth and Parents
  • Track 2: Care for Children, Youth and Parents: a transnational perspective

Track 1: Care for Children, Youth and Parents

This track specifically consists of a clinical internship for a substantial period (560 hours, 20 EC). You can do your internship in different health care institutions, such as mental health care or youth care services, private practices focusing on mental health services, schools, hospitals, forensic institutions and pediatric rehabilitation institutions. Your day-to-day practice will be supervised by a professional working in the institution. In addition you will participate in group supervision (meetings in small groups throughout the academic year) and get personal supervision from one of our lecturers. You will learn to work independently as a scientific practitioner. If possible at your internship institution, you can report your diagnostic assessment work for three cases, which is needed for the Basic Registration in Diagnostics. This will allow you to fulfill the requirements of the Dutch (Professional) Association of Educationalists (NVO) for post-Master education in The Netherlands. 

Registration as licensed basis-orthopedagoog

With the competencies acquired in track 1 Care for Children, Youth and Parents, you will meet the requirements to be registered as basis-orthopedagoog once you have finished the Master’s programme. Please note that this can only be obtained by Dutch students with a Bachelor's and Master's degree from a Dutch Research University.

Please note: You will need to find an internship before September 1, when the Master's programme starts. We can help by providing you with our ‘internship database’: an overview of institutions you can contact. Requests to enter this database are made through Almost all internships require Dutch language proficiency. Students who do not speak Dutch, can choose Track 2. 

"I chose courses in forensic psychology, a topic which really suited me although I would not necessarily have predicted this beforehand." Simone Sormani, alumna

Track 2: Care for Children, Youth and Parents: a transnational perspective

In this track a clinical skills lab is organised under supervision of a university professor registered as a health psychologist. You will learn clinical skills, such as problem analysis and the use of diagnostic assessment tools and intervention programmes from a transnational perspective. Together with your supervisor you will choose several diagnostic assessment instruments and intervention programmes. You may translate (parts of) these assessment instruments and treatment methods in your own language. You will gain practical experience with these instruments and methods by working with families with whom you can communicate in a language you both speak: either through internet or by finding these families in the Netherlands. You will write a plan about your individual learning goals and report on the scientific backgrounds and the transnational potential of the instruments and treatments you've used. 

The course Frontiers in Clinical Child, Family and Education Studies: research at Utrecht University and transnational comparisons is a unique and interactive course, offered by top researchers in the field of Clinical Child, Family and Education Studies at Utrecht University from the Child and Adolescent Studies (CAS) and Education and Learning (EL) groups. In a series of symposia, recent research findings regarding children, adolescents, education and learning will be presented by senior and junior members of CAS and EL. You will prepare for this course by finding and reading recent publications on the topics offered in the symposia. You will learn to write CATs (Criticically Appraised Topics): short papers that can easily be used in practice. 

This course provides you with new insights into the above mentioned fields and involves you in the discussion about the transnational potential of use in practice.  This track does not fulfill the requirements of the Dutch (Professional) Association of Educationalists (NVO) for post Master's education in the Netherlands. 

"As a student I was able to visit a number of professionals working in the field, which meant I could gain insight into a multitude of careers involved in helping children and their families."  –Jasmine Taylor, alumna