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Intervention Strategies in Clinical Neuropsychology: Practical Training

Course 2013-2014

Admission requirements

Master’s students Psychology specialisation Clinical Neuropsychology having completed the master course Intervention strategies in clinical neuropsychology: theory.

Description

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 treatment programmes.

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.

Course objectives

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.

Timetable

Intervention Strategies in Clinical Neuropsychology: Practical Training (2013-2014):

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.
  • 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

Assessment method

The assessment is based on:

  • Written group-reports on: Anamnesis, Assessment, Treatment Plan and on complete Intervention including evaluation
  • Individual participation in subgroup and supervision
  • Presentation (in subgroups)

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

Information on blackboard.leidenuniv.nl

Reading list

Suggested:

  • 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.
  • Several articles

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

To be announced.