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Clinical Forensic Psychology and Victimology

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

  • 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.

  • Testimonial van student 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)

    – student Martin Kansy
  • Testimonial van student 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.


    – student Noel Frentiu
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