Master’s students Psychology specialisation Clinical Neuropsychology having completed the master course Intervention strategies in clinical neuropsychology theory.
Neuropsychological intervention is an important aspect of the rehabilitation 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 a treatment programme.
This course consists of 6 seminars, which are all mandatory. In these seminars, the interventions are discussed and elements will be practiced. In between seminars students will have to practice together in subgroups with diagnostic material, and treatment protocols. They will perform an actual treatment process (the empirical cycle), write a report on this and discuss the results in class.
By the end of this module students:
Have practiced 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 (2014-2015):
Students need to enroll for lectures and work group sessions. Please consult the Instructions registration
Mode of instruction
The course involves 6 mandatory 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. This will be practiced with role playing.
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
In between the seminars students will (in subgroups):
assess a person, discuss a possible treatment goal and design/implement a treatment program
write (parts of) a report on the assessment, treatment plan and evaluation
prepare for and participate in a supervision meeting
prepare and practice certain therapeutic strategies
The assessment is based on:
Written group-reports on: Anamnesis, Assessment, Treatment Plan and on complete Intervention including evaluation
Individual participation in subgroup and intervision
Presentation (in subgroups)
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Information on blackboard.leidenuniv.nl
Goldstein, L.H. and McNeil, J.E. (Edt). Clinical Neuropsychology. A practical guide to assessment and management for clinicians (2nd Edition). Wiley Blackwell 2013. ISBN: 978-0-470-68371-2.
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