(Forensic) Mental Health

The practice of forensic mental health is closely related to mental illnesses, psychopathology and criminal justice. In this course we will look at several aspects.

Student fee


Course Level
ECTS credits
Course location(s)
Utrecht, The Netherlands


During this course, we will look at whether a person who has committed a crime (the offender), is a patient or a criminal. And does the offender need punishment or treatment? The content of this field varies a lot from country to country, and depends on the legislation, the healthcare system, cultural aspects and many more aspects. In this course we like to discover the similarities and differences of forensic mental health in different countries. Students will work on cases, they will attend lectures and take part in workshops with (international) teachers and researchers. We try to include a clinical visit to a forensic mental health institution.

During this course we have lectures and workshops with topics like: neurocriminology, psychopathology, risk-taxation, psychopathy, sexual behaviour ,addiction, suicideprevention,  social context of criminality, youth criminality, people with development disorders, rehabilitation and so on.

The course is open to all kinds of health care professionals. Nurses, social work, psychologist and medical students and professionals are welcome to join.

In this course we place forensic mental health in an international context. National, Social, Biological, Cultural and Mental health aspects are different in each setting. By using international literature and lectures, participants learn about the similarities and differences in several contexts.

Target audience

Bachelor and master students and professionals from different healthcare professions are welcome to this course. We mainly invite nursing, social work, psychology and medical students.

Aim of the course

The objective of the course is to deepen knowledge of forensic mental health and relate this to personality and contextual aspects.

Study load

Two weeks of lectures, workshops and visits.  Self work/ self study to work on the assignments.

Prior to this summerschool, students have to submit an assignment. At the end of the course there will be a final assignment/presentation.

The preparation assignment will be sent to the participants at the end of June 2024.


  • Course fee: €950.00
  • Student fee: €650.00
  • Included: Course + course materials
  • Housing fee: €450
  • Housing provider: Utrecht Summer School

The course fee includes an excursion and course materials.

The fee for professionals (foreign or Dutch) is € 950.

Students get a €300 discount.

HU students pay €50 (they get a €900 discount)

Please do not make your payment before the discount has been added.

Additional information

The housing costs include housing, plus a Utrecht Summer School sleeping bag, for you to keep. This sleeping bag also includes an inflatable pillow and matrass cover. If you wish to bring your own bedding, please contact us, so we can give you a € 50 discount on the housing fee. Please note that you cannot buy individual bedding items.