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Global Promise: Quality Assurance and Accountability in
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Judy Hall and Elizabeth Altmaier

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195306088

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195306088.001.0001

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Accountability of Psychology in the Netherlands

Accountability of Psychology in the Netherlands

(p.148) 7 Accountability of Psychology in the Netherlands
Global Promise: Quality Assurance and Accountability in Professional Psychology

Henk T. van der Molen

Klaas H. Visser

Oxford University Press

As in the United Kingdom, professional psychologists in the Netherlands work under a system which has a high degree of accountability. Six-year accreditations of psychology programs in universities and institutions are accredited by the NVAO, and recognized by the Ministry of Education, Culture, and Sciences for government financial funding. Quality assessments every six years are managed by the VSNU. Both processes are complex and systematic and are consistent with the high standards for psychology professionalism in the country, limiting any leeway of the Dutch Psychological Association. Compared with the UK, there is a legislative basis in the clinical aspects of the practice of psychology. Recent developments are focused on accrediting two-year master's programs, debating professional bachelor's programs, and improvising graduate school programs. In addition, psychologists who are members of the Dutch Psychological Association should behave in accordance with the (recently revised) Ethical Code (Beroepscode NIP, 2006).

Keywords:   netherlands, accountability, accreditations, quality assessments, legislative basis, ethical code

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