Only open to master’s students Psychology with 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 communication skills with neurological patients as well as several compensation or strategy skills for problems in distinctive cognitive domains such as memory, attention or executive functioning, both in adults and children. Also psychosocial interventions based on motivational interviewing and 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 a treatment protocol. They will perform an actual treatment process (the empirical cycle), write a report on this and discuss the results in class. The seminars address the content domains: communication skills, practical aspects of treatment, basics of motivational interviewing and cognitive behavioural therapy, cognitive training protocols, treatment design and intervision, and treatment strategies in children
By the end of this course, students will:
know main neuropsychology strategy and compensatory interventions;
be familiar with some common psychosocial interventions related to brain injury; and
have practiced with the practical aspects of designing and/or implementing a treatment program and evaluating this treatment as well as the treatment process.
For the timetables of your lectures, work groups and exams, please select your study programme in:
Exams (coming soon)
Students need to enroll for lectures and work group sessions.
Master’s course registration
Students are not automatically enrolled for an examination. They can register via uSis from 100 to 10 calendar days before the date. Students who are not registered will not be permitted to take the examination.
Registering for exams
Mode of instruction
The course involves 6 mandatory 3-hour work group sessions, 1 half-hour supervision and 6 unsupervised subgroup sessions in which students will take the history of a participant, do a short assessment, and perform a minitherapy.
The assessment is based on:
written group-reports and group presentations (60%);
written individual assignments (30%); and
individual input during class and during the assignments (10%)
The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences has instituted that instructors use a software programme for the systematic detection of plagiarism in students’ written work. In case of fraud disciplinary actions will be taken. Please see the information concerning fraud.
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.