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Clinical Forensic Psychology and Victimology

Programma

  • 1 jaar

    Two foundation courses in this master:

    • Crime & Psychological Vulnerability - focuses on the role of personality characteristics, biopsychosocial vulnerabilities and psychiatric disorders in offending and victimization;
    • Crime & Psychological Assessment and Intervention - focuses on the theory of psychological practice with victims and offenders.

    Three elective courses to deepen your knowledge of either:

    • psychological processes and mechanisms in offending and victimisation;
    • the background and practical use of selected instruments for risk assessment and threat analysis in psychological practice;
    • interventions for victims and offenders.

    Course examples:

    • Crime and psychological vulnerability
    • Crime and psychological interventions
    • Practical skills for clinical forensic psychology and victimology

Opbouw programma

VakPeriode 1Periode 2Periode 3Periode 4
Crime and Psychological Vulnerability - Foundation course (5 EC)
Capita Selecta Experimental approaches in Clinical Psychology and Victimology - Elective-literature study (5 EC, facultatief)
Capita Selecta Interventions in Clinical Forensic Psychology & Victimology - Elective-literature study (5 EC, facultatief)
Capita Selecta ​Risk assessment and threat analysis - Elective-literature study (5 EC, facultatief)
Master's thesis (30 EC research practical, or a 30 EC combination of research and internship)
Clinical Forensic skills - Foundation course (5 EC)
Crime and Psychological Assessment and Intervention - Foundation course (5 EC)

Our online course catalog provides detailed information about all courses: http://www.rug.nl/ocasys/rug/vak/showpos?opleiding=4561&iflang=EN Scroll down for the overview of courses of the MSc Clinical Forensic Psychology and Victimology track, click a course name for course details and description.

Our online course catalog provides detailed information about all courses: http://www.rug.nl/ocasys/rug/vak/showpos?opleiding=4561&iflang=EN Scroll down for the overview of courses of the MSc Clinical Forensic Psychology and Victimology track, click a course name for course details and description.

Studeren in het buitenland

  • Studeren in het buitenland is facultatief
Waarom in Groningen?

This is the only international programme that

  • combines clinical forensic psychology and victimology;
  • integrates offender and victim perspectives;
  • prepares you for research and practice with offenders and victims of violence and crime.

This is the only international programme that

  • combines clinical forensic psychology and victimology;
  • integrates offender and victim perspectives;
  • prepares you for research and practice with offenders and victims of violence and crime.

Our academic advisors provide more detailed information about our programmes and give advice to prospective students, students who are enrolled in one of our programmes, and alumni. You can turn to them with questions about the programme itself, study planning, choosing courses/minors, enrollment, rules and regulations that apply to a programme, following courses at other faculties, studying abroad.

Do not hesitate to make an appointment with your academic advisor. You can arrange for a meeting by phone (+31 50 363 6301, student service desk) Please also check our online information system: www.rug.nl/gmw/questionandanswer. Often, you are not the first person to have a particular question, and the online information system may already have an answer for you.

Our academic advisors provide more detailed information about our programmes and give advice to prospective students, students who are enrolled in one of our programmes, and alumni.You can turn to them with questions about the programme itself, study planning, choosing courses/minors, enrollment, rules and regulations that apply to a programme, following courses at other faculties, studying abroad.

Do not hesitate to make an appointment with your academic advisor. You can arrange for a meeting by phone (+31 50 363 6301, student service desk) Please also check our online information system: www.rug.nl/gmw/questionandanswer. Often, you are not the first person to have a particular question, and the online information system may already have an answer for you.

  • Testimonial van Martin Kansy

    I am going to work at the psychiatry department of a military hospital

    I started thinking about doing Forensic Psychology in the second year of my bachelor. To see what it is like to work in this field, I did an internship in a prison in Germany in the summer for six weeks.

    I did intakes and interviewed prisoners about their attitude towards their crimes and prison time. In the beginning it was quite hard, the offenders did not really like to talk about their crimes and many rejected counselling, but as time went on it became easier and I really liked it, so I decided to apply for the master.

    The master is interesting. Next to theory courses, we also had a lot of practical seminars. There was a professional actor who would play offenders. We would interview him in front of the class. Afterwards we got feedback from the teacher and classmates. It was really great to work with him and after each session I had the feeling I was better prepared for the job.

    Now I am finishing my thesis (which is only 11 credits) and I am about to start my internship (19 credits). This time I will not work with offenders, but with people who lived through terrible experiences. I am going to work at the psychiatry department of a military hospital, with many patients being soldiers suffering from PTSD, but also civilian patients and victims of crime. I am very excited but I feel quite prepared after the master. Of course, I am going to make mistakes, but that is okay; I will learn a lot.

    A great thing about this master was the small amount of students, only 23. Everyone knew everyone, also the teachers knew everyone by name. There was a great atmosphere, I made friends and the teachers were very good. We also had guest lectures from experts in the field, for example from a psychotherapist who worked in the forensic field for more than 10 years. It was very interesting to listen to them, because they knew what they were talking about.

    Martin Kansy, (Bonn, Germany)

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    – Martin Kansy
  • Testimonial van Noel Frentiu

    I wrote my thesis about filicide, the deliberate act of parents killing their own offspring.

    The 'Clinical Forensic Psychology and Victimology' master was a new and fascinating experience. It helped me to get a more practical sense and deeper knowledge of the topic of 'Clinical Forensic Psychology'. I consider the study programme  a solid foundation for the practical work with offenders.

    After the master, I will do postgraduate psychotherapy training for three years. Thereafter, I intend to start my own practice and work as a criminal therapist.

    My favourite aspect of the course was the clinical skills training we had with an actor. We were able to apply the theory we learned in all of the courses and we received a first-hand experience on how to apply it, whilst getting feedback from the instructors. To me, this was very helpful and eye opening. Moreover, I liked the motivational interview parts, where we learned about a new technique, which I think is very important in the field of clinical forensic psychology.  

    I wrote my thesis about filicide, the deliberate act of parents killing their own offspring. I reflected on the psychopathology of these people, predisposing factors, underlying motives, methods of killings, gender differences and how they dealt with their crime in terms of grief processes. Furthermore, available interventions and preventative strategies were highlighted. Whilst working on my thesis, I did an internship in a prison during which I did group therapy sessions with sexual and violent offenders.

     

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    – Noel Frentiu
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