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Adult and Old-Age Clinical Neuropsychology: Clinical Practice

Course 2018-2019

Entry requirements

Only open to master’s students in Psychology with specialisation Clinical Neuropsychology, participating or having participated in the Master course ‘Adult and Old-Age Clinical Neuropsychology: Theory and Assessment’

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.

The course involves 7 seminars (3 hrs) addressing the following content domains:
Observations, history taking and conclusion
Memory and dementia screening
Executive functioning and language
Attention, gnosis, praxis, academic skills and malingering
Intelligence
Neuropsychiatric functioning and personality
Clinical case extended

Additionally, during the seminars we will discuss cases concerning a broad spectrum of neuropsychological disfunctions (e.g. neuropsychological profiles of Alzheimer’s disease, Huntington’s disease, brain tumor, 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 of neuropsychological assessment and report.
This includes:
1) Intake and history taking;
2) Choosing the right instruments and conducting neuropsychological tests; and
3) Interpretation (diagnosis) and writing a clinical report.

Timetable

For the timetables of your lectures, work groups and exams, please select your study programme in:
Psychology timetables

Lectures
Work group sessions

Registration

Course

Students need to enroll for lectures and work group sessions.
Master’s course registration

Examination

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

7 meetings of 3 hours each. Experiential training with practical videos, case demonstrations and practical training in neuropsychological assessment will be part of the course. Attendance to all meetings is obligatory.

Assessment method

  • Active participation in the program (roleplays, observations)
  • Assignments concerning the diagnostic process
  • Clinical case extended

The Institute of Psychology follows the policy of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences to systematically check student papers for plagiarism with the help of software. Disciplinary measures will be taken when fraud is detected. Students are expected to be familiar with and understand the implications of this fraud policy.

Reading list

Lezak, M.D., Howieson, D.B., Bigler, E.D., Tranel, D. Neuropsychological Assessment (5th Revised Edition). Oxford University Press, 2012. ISBN: 0195395522.

Contact information

Dr. Dominique van den Heuvel
dmheuvel@fsw.leidenuniv.nl