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Adult and Old-Age Clinical Neuropsychology: Clinical Practice

Course 2013-2014

Admission requirements

Master students of Clinical Neuropsychology. Prior knowledge is assumed on a level of the Ba3 course Clinical Neuropsychology.

Description

This course provides a practical training in clinical neuropsychological assessment, diagnostic work-up and writing a clinical report of cognitive, emotional and/or behavioural consequences as result of (possible) neurological or psychiatric disease in adult and elderly patients. All instructors are clinical neuropsychologists working in the (academic) health service.

The course involves 7 seminars (3 hrs) addressing the following content domains:

  • Observations, history taking and conclusion
  • Memory,mood and behaviour
  • Intelligence
  • Global cognitive functioning and language
  • Executive functioning
  • Attention, gnosis, praxis, academic skills and malingering
  • Clinical case extended

Additionally, during the seminars we will discuss cases of the neuropsychology outpatient clinic of the LUMC (e.g. neuropsychological profiles of Alzheimer’s disease, Huntington’s disease, CADASIL, Whiplash, depression, etc.). Students will be evaluated on different aspects of the diagnostic process (e.g. history taking, observations, interpreting test results, writing a conclusion, etc.).

Course objectives

This course aims to provide students with basic professional skills for competent professional practice of neuropsychology:

  • Intake
  • History taking
  • Choosing the right instruments
  • Neuropsychological testing
  • Interpretation (diagnosis)
  • Writing a clinical report

Timetable

Adult and Old-Age Clinical Neuropsychology: Clinical Practice (2013-2014):

Mode of instruction

Experiential training with patient videos, case demonstrations of LUMC neuropsychology outpatient clinic and practical training in neuropsychological assessment. Attendance to all meetings is obligatory.

Assessment method

  • Active participation in the program
  • Assignments concering the diagnostic process
  • Clinical case extended

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 .

Blackboard

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Reading list

All suggested reading:

  • Lezak, M.D., D.B. Howieson, D.W. Loring. Neuropsychological assessment (4th Edition). Oxford University Press 2004. ISBN: 0-19-511121-4.
  • Strub R.L. F.W. Black. F.A. The mental status examination in Neurology (3rd Edition). Davis Company 1993. ISBN: 0-8036-8212-3.
  • Marshall,M. (Edt.). Perspectives on rehabilitation and dementia. Jessica Kingsley Publishers London 2005. ISBN: 1-84310-286-2.
  • Vanderploeg, R.D. (Edt.). Clinician’s guide to neuropsychological assessment (2nd Edition). Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Publicers London 2000. ISBN 0-8058-2834-6

Available at Boekenbalie Labyrint

Registration

Course enrolment

Students need to enrol for the course via uSis on the master’s introduction and course enrolment day that takes place at the start of each semester. Please, consult the master’s agenda Psychology.

Contact information

Drs. S.L. Beetz
FSW, Unit Clinical, Health and Neuropsychology, room 2B05
Telephone 071-527 5228
E-mail: beetzsl@fsw.leidenuniv.nl