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Clinical Forensic Psychology and Victimology

Past victimization, previous offending, psychopathology, aggression, being male: Which of these variables might be the best predictor of future violent (re)offending?

And which variables might increase the chance of (re)victimization? How can interventions help to prevent crime? How can victims of violence and crime overcome their victimization?

If you are intrigued by questions about the psychology of violence and crime, and you are not satisfied with easy answers, consider entering the Master's degree programme 'Clinical Forensic Psychology and Victimology'. In this programme we aim to understand acts of violence and crime from both the victims' and the offenders' perspective.

You will gain a theoretical insight into the correlates of violence and crime and their consequences. Moreover you will acquire practical skills to enable you to assess and intervene in both offender and victim contexts. Our unique integrative approach aims to highlight the many psychological nuances between the black-and-white of the victim and offender dichotomy.

Facts & Figures
Degree
MSc in Psychology
Course type
Master
Duration
12 months (60 ECTS)
Croho code
60260
Language of instruction
English
Start
September
Faculty
Behavioural and Social Sciences
Why study this programme 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.
Programme

To meet the requirements for the Clinical Forensic Psychology & Victimology master track, you will complete two basic courses, one clinical forensic skills course, one methods course, and two electives to tailor your education. Furthermore, you will complete a master's thesis, consisting of a research project, or a research project and a clinical internship.

The Master's thesis has several varieties but always encompasses half of the master (30 EC). You may want to devote your master's thesis in its entirety to research into a clinically relevant problem.

Periods
CoursesCourse Catalog >1234
Crime and Psychological Vulnerability - Foundation course (5 EC)
Repeated Measures - Methods course (5 EC, optional)
Capita Selecta Experimental approaches in Clinical Psychology and Victimology - Elective-literature study (5 EC, optional)
Capita Selecta Interventions in Clinical Forensic Psychology & Victimology - Elective-literature study (5 EC, optional)
Capita Selecta ​Risk assessment and threat analysis - Elective-literature study (5 EC, optional)
Master's thesis (30 EC research project, or a 30 EC combination of research and internship) (30 EC)
Clinical Forensic skills - Skills course (5 EC)
Crime and Psychological Assessment and Intervention - Foundation course (5 EC)
Test construction - Methods course (5 EC, optional)

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is optional
Entry requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
language test

Bachelor students meet language requirements. For English-taught tracks, students with an HBO Toegepaste Psychologie need to provide evidence of satisfactory results for one of the standard tests. For more details see https://www.rug.nl/gmw/psychology/education/master/aanmelding-en-toelating/taaleisen-engels

previous education

To be eligible for admission to this master, you need to hold a Bachelor's degree in Psychology (or with a strong focus on Psychology) from a Research University, based on wide psychological knowledge and skills, as well advanced statistical and methodological knowledge and skills. For some tracks, it is possible to do a premaster in case you do not completely satisfy the criteria. Details on admission criteria as well as on the admission procedure per prior education can be found on https://www.rug.nl/gmw/psychology/education/master/aanmelding-en-toelating/ PLEASE NOTE: For the enrollment for the September 2021 start of the Master's program, it is very likely that we will have to impose a capacity limitation on the number of students that can enter our program. The rules for the ensuing selection will be announced in the first half of 2020.

other admission requirements

To ensure the quality of our education, there will be capacity constraints of 30 students for the Master Track 'Clinical Forensic Psychology and Victimology'. Students interested in the Clinical Forensic Psychology & Victimology track need to enroll in Studielink before 1 May in order to participate in the selection process (which will take place later on in May).

Registration procedure

The application procedure depends on prior education.

For a full description of the application procedure, please consult Application and Admission.

Students who have finished the bachelor in Psychology at the University of Groningen can, for most master tracks, register until 1 September.

Transfer options

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
All Research universitiesVia a pre-master with a maximum of 60 EC
Psychology (EN)All Research universitiesNo additional requirements
Study programmeOrganizationTransition
Applied PsychologyAll Universities of applied sciencesDeficiency program with a maximum of 60 EC
Study programmeOrganizationTransition
PsychologyUniversity of GroningenNo additional requirements
Psychology (EN)University of GroningenNo additional requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
language test

Non-native English speakers must provide evidence of satisfactory results for one of the standard tests. For an overview, please see https://www.rug.nl/gmw/psychology/education/master/aanmelding-en-toelating/taaleisen-engels

previous education

To be eligible for admission to this master, you need to hold a Bachelor's degree in Psychology (or with a strong focus on Psychology) from a Research University, based on wide psychological knowledge and skills, as well advanced statistical and methodological knowledge and skills. For some tracks, it is possible to do a premaster in case you do not completely satisfy the criteria. Details on admission criteria as well as on the admission procedure per prior education can be found on https://www.rug.nl/gmw/psychology/education/master/aanmelding-en-toelating/ PLEASE NOTE: For the enrollment for the September 2021 start of the Master's program, it is very likely that we will have to impose a capacity limitation on the number of students that can enter our program. The rules for the ensuing selection will be announced in the first half of 2020.

Registration procedure

The application procedure depends on prior education.

For a full description of the application procedure, please consult the Application and Admission page of the Psychology master.

Students who have finished the bachelor in Psychology at the University of Groningen can, for most master tracks, register until 1 September.

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students01 May 202001 September 2020
EU/EEA students01 May 202001 September 2020
non-EU/EEA students01 April 202001 September 2020
Tuition fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2019-2020€ 2083full-time
non-EU/EEA2019-2020€ 14650full-time
EU/EEA2020-2021€ 2143full-time
non-EU/EEA2020-2021€ 15000full-time

Practical information for:

After your studies

Job prospects

The programme gives you the knowledge and skills to obtain a position in the field of: (forensic) mental health care, penitentiary institutions, victim support services, offender-victim mediation, educational settings, social work, crime prevention.

Job examples

  • Psychologist in very different settings e.g.:
    • (forensic) mental health care,
    • penitentiary institutions,
    • victim support services, offender-victim mediation,
    • educational settings,
    • social work,
    • crime prevention.
Research

Teaching in this Master programme is inspired by the contributors' research projects on a wide variety of psychological phenomena and processes that are central in the field of clinical forensic psychology and Victimology, such as

  • risk for re-offending
  • complicated grief and victim support
  • memory and trauma
  • trauma and dissociation, deception and malingering, sexual interest and sexual deviance
  • addictions, aggression, revenge, and forgiveness

We collaborate with Mental Health Institutions such as the in- and outpatient clinic GGZ-Drenthe (e.g., psychotic disorders section), the in- and outpatient facilities of Verslavingszorg Noord Nederland (e.g., addictions), FPC Dr S. van Mesdag in Groningen, Forensisch Psychiatrische Kliniek in Assen, AFPN in Leeuwarden (e.g., forensic psychiatric care), and Fier Fryslan (e.g., trauma). Professionals from these institutions also teach in the Master, and share their knowledge and experience on, for instance, risk assessment in violent offenders (Dr. Marinus Spreen, FPC Dr S. van Mesdag, Stenden University), motivating change (Dr. Eric Blaauw, VNN, Hanzehogeschool Groningen).

Teaching staff

Judith K. Daniels , Associate Professor
Expertise: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Dissociation, neuroimaging, trauma therapy
Teaching in the Master: Masterthesis research supervision; Crime & Psychological vulnerability, Theme Cycles of violence; Crime & Psychological assessment and intervention, Theme Risk of (re-)victimization; Clinical forensic skills, Theme: Risk of (re-)victimization
Judith’s research focusses on the long-term consequences of childhood trauma. She combines neurobiological methods such as neuroimaging (fMRI) with behavioural and self-report methods. She is also trained in trauma therapy and passes on her clinical knowledge in the Master’s practical [link here pointing to PSMFV-1). One of her research interests therefore is also how therapists cope with listening to their patients' trauma narratives and if they experience 'secondary traumatization'.

Rafaele J.C. Huntjens , Associate Professor
Expertise: dissociative disorders, trauma, memory
Teaching in the Master: Crime & Psychological assessment and intervention, Theme Deception and Malingering; Capita Selecta Experimental Psychopathology: Dissociative amnesia; Masterthesis research supervision.
The main focus in Rafaele’s work is on cognitive and behavioural processes in trauma-related disorders (dissociative disorders and posttraumatic stress disorder), with a special emphasis on memory processes.

Marieke Pijnenborg , Professor
Expertise: psychosis, social cognition, (self) stigma
Teaching in the Master: Crime & Psychological vulnerability, Theme Psychosis and violence; Crime & Psychological assessment and intervention, Theme Interventions that work with victims and offenders; Clinical forensic skills, Theme Interventions: CBT, EMDR; Master thesis research supervision
Main themes in Marieke’s research are the role of meta-cognition in psychosis, stigma, and psychosocial interventions for people with psychotic disorders.

Ineke Wessel , Associate professor
Expertise: emotional memory, recovered memories, eyewitnesses, psychology and law
Teaching in the master: Crime & Psychological vulnerability,Theme eyewitness memory; Crime & Psychological assessment and interventions, Theme effects of therapy on memory; Master thesis research supervision
Ineke’s research focuses on the reconstructive nature of memory, including emotional memory. Interests include the question of how therapeutic interventions or interactions with co-witnesses might influence memory consistency.






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If you want to know more about the programme Clinical Forensic Psychology and Victimology, please contact:

  • Student Service Desk (appointment academic advisor & more see website (onderwijsbalie))
  • Academic Advisors Psychology (about the programme, enrollment, studying)
    Email: studyadvice.psy rug.nl
  • Admission Office (for students with a non-Dutch diploma)
    Email: admission rug.nl
  • Admissions Board Master Psychology (about admission & application, for students with a Dutch diploma)
    Email: toelatingscommissie.masterpsy rug.nl
  • Julie Karsten (Coordinator master programme Clinical Forensic Psychology and Victimology)
    Email: j.karsten rug.nl
    Telephone: 050 3636507
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						Testimonial of Martin Kansy

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

    – Martin Kansy
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    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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						Testimonial of student Noel Frentiu

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

    – student Noel Frentiu
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    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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  • are persistent in reaching your goals, have stamina.
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