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SPS-NIP: one step ahead!

Together with thousands of other students, you have chosen to study psychology. An extremely interesting study that offers you numerous opportunities in the field later on. For example, you could work as a clinical psychologist, media psychologist or in the HR department of a company. The research world also likes to open its doors to ambitious psychology students, as do forensic psychiatry and educational institutions. But, how do you develop yourself into a professional? How do you ensure that you arrive at a workplace that does justice to your interests, ideas, talents and ambitions? Where can you gain the necessary information and experience, already during your studies?

Mission & vision

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Our vision

We, SPS-NIP, Section of Psychology Students of the Netherlands Institute of Psychologists, are here for you! With a clear vision in mind, we work daily to pursue and carry out our mission and ideals. As one of the sections of the NIP, the largest professional association for psychologists in the Netherlands, we share the NIP-wide vision. This reads:

“In a constantly changing world, people and organizations are constantly faced with new challenges. Psychologists who know what they are doing enable everyone to get the best out of themselves.”

Our mission 

The vision is clear. The mission of SPS-NIP represents the role we take on within the vision of the NIP. In particular, we’ll pick out the last sentence of our vision. Because, the psychologist who knows what he is doing, starts with being a student: the student who is provided with all the necessary tools, information and services during his study period. The student who can develop and emerge as a starting professional. That is where SPS-NIP wants to play its part: SPS-NIP wants to support and facilitate the psychology student in the step to the professional field. The step to becoming the psychologist who knows what he is doing. Our mission statement reads:

“We are committed to the professional and personal development of psychology students and to bridging the gap between the academic field and the professional field. That way, everyone who calls on a psychologist knows they are getting the best quality and we contribute to a resilient society.”

Our ideals & pillars

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Our ideals

Now that the vision and mission are clear, it is important to also focus on our ideals. What would our ideal world look like?

We want psychology students to get the most out of their time at the university, so that they are optimally prepared for the workfield. We open the doors, we bridge the gap to the field and we help with this transition. In the ideal world, we would like to see:

  • That all psychology students in the Netherlands are optimally prepared for the professional field


  • That the academic and social interests of all psychology students in the Netherlands are optimally represented


Our pillars

In everything we do, the following pillars are a starting point for our actions. Our four pillars – Connection, Development, Representation and Inclusiveness – make visible what we are focused on. They make clear which values we consider important within SPS-NIP and why. Thus, these pillars play an important role within the section.

SPS-NIP has a number of pillars that show where our focal points lie. Our pillars tell what you are focused on and what we think is important within SPS-NIP.

At SPS-NIP, every psychology student takes a step forward, matching his interests, ideas and talents.

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