Students doing their clinical internships with NijCa²re typically do so within the context of their one-year Health Psychology Master’s programme at the Radboud University, but we also welcome students from other (inter)national universities to come and fulfil their internships with us.
The Health Psychology Master’s programme prepares psychology students for versatile careers in mental and physical healthcare, with a focus on gaining in-depth knowledge of and robust diagnostic and treatment skills in evidence-based psychological interventions for children, adolescents and (older) adults with mental-health problems. Students obtain insight into various areas of psychology, among which are clinical psychology, neuropsychology, rehabilitation psychology, developmental psychology and psychogerontology. In the course of the programme students may also earn a first (basic) qualification in psychodiagnostics (Basisaantekening Psychodiagnostiek or BAPD) from the NIP, the Netherlands Institute of Psychologists (the Dutch professional association of psychologists). Depending on the range of courses during their BSc programme, students having attained their Health Psychology Master’s degree may qualify for admission to the post-graduate training programmes for health psychologist or psychotherapist. (From: http://www.ru.nl/opleidingen/master/gezondheidszorg-psy/).
Students doing their clinical internships with NijCa²re, either at the Expertise Centre for Anxiety, OCD and PTSD, the Depression Expertise Centre or the Ambulatorium (Radboud Centre for Social Science’s outpatient treatment clinic), will first be offered a training course in ‘evidence-based treatments’, where they learn practical skills required for the treatment of individuals with a panic disorder, to motivate people for treatment or train clients in self-management techniques. Throughout their internships, students receive comprehensive weekly supervision. Students taking the Research Master’s programme may combine their research and clinical internships to thus also gain experience in diagnostic procedures and treatment delivery. The Health Psychology internship lasts five months, during which the interns are supervised by a licensed (BIG-listed) psychologist. Interns do not deliver full treatments independently but do provide parts of ongoing treatments or manualised interventions under strict supervision within the framework of their research or clinical work after through training in the subject.