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Intervention Strategies in Clinical Neuropsychology: Practical Training


Admission requirements

Master students of Clinical Neuropsychology. Completion of the master course Intervention strategies in clinical neuropsychology.


Neuropsychological intervention is an important aspect of the rehabitation of patients, with cognitive and emotional dysfunctions due to brain injury resulting from stroke, traffic accidents, genetic dysfunctions and long term occupational exposure to neurotoxic solvents. This master course provides the practical training in several compensation or strategy skills for problems in distinctive cognitive domains such as memory, attention and executive functioning, both in adults and children. Also psychosocial interventions based on cognitive behavioural principles are trained. The focus lies on treatment programmes that are theoretically sound and empirically supported (evidence-based). The students learn how to design, evaluate and implement treatment programmes.

Course objectives

By the end of this module students:

  • Have practiced with the main neuropsychological strategy or compensation interventions.

  • Are familiar with some common psychosocial interventions related to brain injury.

  • Have knowledge of the practical aspects of designing and/or implementing treatment program.


Intervention Strategies in Clinical Neuropsychology: Practical Training (2010-2011):

Mode of instruction

The course involves 6 seminars addressing the following content domains:

  • Assessment for neuropsychological treatment and design of a treatment protocol.

  • Psycho-education and training/compensating memory, attention, executive dysfunctions.

  • Practice aspects of psychosocial interventions focusing on acceptation of and coping (cognitive)dysfunctions.

  • Design, evaluation and implementation of a treatment program.

  • Example of psychosocial techniques

  • Example of neuropsychological interventions with children

Assessment method

  • Presentation (in subgroups)

  • Written reports on interventions.

In the seminars the students practice the intervention techniques and have to design an intervention program such that effectiveness can be evaluated. The teachers are supported by casuistic material and video demonstrations. Attendance to all seminars is obligatory. Students work in small groups together where they work on (individually) written reports.

From January 1, 2006 the Faculty of Social Sciences has instituted the Ephorus system to be used by instructors for the systematic detection of plagiarism in students’ written work. Please see the information concerning fraud .


Information on

Reading list

  • Wilson, BA., Herbert, CM, Shiel, A. (2003). Behavioural Approaches in Neuropsychological Rehabilitation. Optimising Rehabilitation Procedures. Psychology Press Hove and New York. ISBN 1841691836

  • Sohlberg, MM., Mateer, CA., (2001). Cognitive Rehabilitation, An integrative neuropsychological approach. The Guideford Press, New York. ISBN 1-57230-613-0.

  • Selection of journal articles
    The books are available via the book shop of the study association Labyrint on presentation of your Labyrint membership pass.


Introduction and enrolment for courses of the first semester will take place on 2 September 2010. Introduction and enrolment for courses of the second semester will take place on 27 January 2011. More information will be available at the website of the Institute of Psychology.

NB: Exam registration will take place via uSis, and will be open between a month and a week before the (re)exam. Students who haven’t registered, cannot participate in the exam.

Contact information

Mr. dr. M.W. Luijpen
Room 4B13