"You can only be a good lecturer if you have experience as a practitioner. Science and practice are two sides of the same coin. We ask our students to combine them; and so should we."
Erica Bohnen is a lecturer the unit Developmental and Educational Psychology of the Institute of Psychology at Leiden University.
She received her master’s degree in didactics from Leiden University. She started her professional career at the same university in the department of Child and Education studies, and focused on learning problems and developmental psychology. In addition to her work there, she held jobs as a psychologist at a pedological institute in Leiden, and subsequently at Effatha, a school for the deaf, the hard of hearing and the communicatively impaired. Her main tasks at these institutes involved diagnostics and teacher counselling.
Erica is the first certified Families and Schools Together (FAST) trainer in The Netherlands. Lynn McDonald, founder of the program, trained the first team of FAST counselors in this country, and Erica - as a member of that team - went on to train the last pilot group. That marked the completion of her training and got her the certificate of FAST trainer. She puts her education in psychology into practice in a clinical setting and is training to become a system therapist. She currently organizes continuing education for teachers, coordinates internships and teaches courses in interpersonal professional skills, communication skills, psychodiagnostics, and play therapy/social skills training.
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