Psychology: Behavioral Change for Professionals
Ever wonder why we sometimes get stuck in behavioral patterns? Want to learn to break those? Want to learn more about psychological principles and how to use them to coach others? Interested in sampling different coaching methods? And not afraid to take an honest look in the mirror? Then sign up for this exchange program: "Psychology: Behavioral Change for Professionals" at HAN University of Applied Sciences and learn to coach.
The program in a nutshell
This program trains you to do one-on-one coaching. You look for someone who has a need to change or develop themselves and who is willing to have one-on-one coaching with you for almost half a year. The first assignment is to draw up a coaching plan together with your coaching client. You investigate their need and draft a first plan with them. In this plan you describe the goals you will work on together, how you will approach them and how you will evaluate them.
The second assignment is to conduct the coaching sessions. The focus here is to align the coaching with your client’s needs so they can achieve their goal. Your attitude as a coach is an essential aspect. You learn how to create a safe working relationship with your coaching client.
These are some of the themes that we’ll cover:
- Basic conversation skills and solution-focused coaching
- Introduction to coaching methods and a choice of methods for more in-depth study:
- Rational emotive behavior therapy (RET)
- Acceptance & commitment therapy (ACT)
- Motivational interviewing skills
- Reflection skills
- The most important psychology schools of thought and knowledge about behavioral change.
- Elective modules in topics such as psychopathology and social psychology.
This exchange program is designed in accordance with a number of High Impact Learning that Lasts principles (HILL). This means a great deal of learning takes place in interaction (between students themselves and lecturers and experts). We expect you to take an active role in these interactions. You’ll receive preparatory orientations and reading assignments to help you.
You have 8 to 12 hours of supervision. Classes take place on Fridays and possibly part of another day.
Outside that you work independently on your coaching assignment and preparation for classes.
Types of lessons:
- E-learning clips
Assessment is based on two practical assignments:
Professional assignment 1: Coaching plan. This is a written assignment.
Professional assignment 2: Coaching session. Video compilation of coaching sessions with a written reflection on the coaching process
The academic year runs from early September to late August.
- You can use information you have collected (e.g. intake interview, questionnaires, literature) to chart a client’s development needs using good integrity and a methodical approach. Based on this you write a coaching plan.
- You study your client's development need. You do this by means of an intake interview. You set goals together with your client. Based on these goals you determine a possible path for solution and link that to a specific methodology.
- You can coach people by using suitable interview techniques taken from solution-focused coaching, RET, ACT or motivational interviewing.
- You connect in an authentic way, and empower the other person.
- You are able to distinguish between your own behavior, thoughts and feelings and identify them. You know who you are and what effect this has on your actions as a coach.
- You have learned about various psychological topics, basic themes, concepts, theories and behavioral models.
- You have gained knowledge that is interesting and inspiring about various psychological topics, such as personality, learning and conditioning, emotions, mindfulness and misconceptions.
You strengthen these competence areas during the program:
- Research and analysis of the Chinese market
- Basic Chinese conversation skills
- Team cooperation skills
Students as partners Dutch way of learning
The atmosphere in a Dutch classroom is quite informal and your lecturers are easy to talk to. In fact, at HAN you’re seen as a partner in the learning process. Class sizes are small and your lecturers encourage you to actively participate in class. To ask questions and give your own opinion. They also stimulate you to be creative and to discover things for yourself.
International welcome days
The HAN’s On: International Welcome Days give you a great start at HAN. Students and staff organize these days especially for new international students. That means you! You get loads of useful info and practical tips about studying and living in Arnhem. What’s more, you have great fun and meet lots of other students. The program is a must for all new international students. And it’s free of charge!
What about credits and grading?
At HAN we use the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System, or ECTS. It’s the standard credit system used in higher education across Europe. How does it work? One credit = 28 hours of study. Think of contact hours. Time spent working on assignments. Preparing for exams.
One semester = 30 credits = 840 hours of study. To earn credits, you need to pass your exams. What counts as a pass? A grade of at least 5.5.
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What are the admission requirements? And how do I apply?