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Are you interested in raising children and in how the environment contributes to the development of children and youth? In the way you can support parents and educators to create a context where children and youth are able to reach their full potential? Then this master’s programme is definitely an option for you!
The master’s programme Clinical Child, Family and Education Studies (Dutch: Orthopedagogiek) challenges you to make connections between scientific research and practical issues. It addresses what is needed when problems arise in child and adolescent development, or in parenting or education of children at risk.
Objective of the programme
This master’s programme will enable you to develop yourself as an academic and clinical professional. Armed with scientific insights and clinical skills, you will be able to give advice, support, treatment and guidance concerning clinical issues in raising children and adolescents. You can make an important contribution to research of practical care issues related to children and youth. You will help children, youth, their parents and the systems surrounding them to function to their optimum potential. This programme prepares you to work as a scientist practitioner in youth care in clinical or transnational settings.
Working in a multi-disciplinary way
While studying complex situations you will combine insights from education and child and adolescent studies, psychology, neuropsychology, child and youth psychiatry, forensic psychiatry, juvenile justice, pediatrics and sociology.
An international programme in English
This programme’s working language is English. This means that English will be used during lectures, for scientific exchange between students and staff. You may opt to use Dutch or English for your thesis and individual assignments. Certain parts of the programme, such as a clinical internship in an institution with Dutch speaking clients or patients, are only available to students who speak Dutch.
Clinical issues in raising children and youth: a sound basis
Each student will take three obligatory courses concerning:
On top of these courses you will follow an elective course, a specialisation (‘track’) and write a master’s thesis.
Become an expert in your field
Two tracks are available:
By choosing the content of your internship or clinical skills lab, thesis and electives, you can personalise your education. You can, for instance, become an expert in development and family issues in a specific developmental period, such as adolescence or infancy.
Research feeds education
Your lecturers will participate in highly qualified research in the field of parenting, adolescence, education, development and learning in the research programmes Child and Adolescent Studies and Education and Learning. This means you will benefit from their most recent scientific insights. Moreover, as a master’s student your thesis can contribute to the current research within the programme concerning projects such as:
Preparing for the labour market
The master’s programme in Clinical Child, Family and Education Studies prepares you for work from a transnational perspective, or for a career in a clinical setting. You will be able to give advice, support, treatment and guidance when problems in child and adolescent development arise. You will be a trained expert in clinical issues in raising future generations. You could work as a policy adviser or care giver in several fields such as youth care, special needs care in schools, care for people with a disability, paediatric rehabilitation, forensic care and (inter)national knowledge institutions. You can also pursue a career in research, for instance at a university or knowledge institution.