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PSYC405 Clinical Neuropsychology

Advanced topics in the assessment and remediation of clients with neurological deficits.

This paper covers advanced topics in the neuropsychological assessment and remediation of patients with neurological deficits necessary to meet the competencies prescribed by the New Zealand Psychologists Board. The paper is designed to develop knowledge and practical clinical skills in the individualised assessment, formulation and communication about clients with psychological disorders.

Paper title Clinical Neuropsychology
Paper code PSYC405
Subject Psychology
EFTS 0.0833
Points 10 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $653.49
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,757.23

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Notes
Students must also have been provisionally admitted to the PGDipClPs programme.
Eligibility

Students who have been provisionally admitted to the Clinical Psychology Training Programme are required to take PSYC 401-406, each of which is a 10-point single-semester paper. PSYC 402-406 are for clinical students only.

Contact
linscott@psy.otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Lecturers: Dr Richard Linscott
Paper Structure
The paper is designed to provide an understanding of the cognitive, behavioural and emotional changes consequent on neurological disorder and acquired brain impairments including the range of assessment and intervention procedures used in clinical neuropsychology. The topics are:
  • Foundation issues in clinical neuropsychology, including a review of the geography of the brain, the causes of brain lesions, the rationale of deficit measurement and the roles of the clinical neuropsychologist
  • An introduction to theories of intelligence, the interpretation of test findings and neuropsychological report writing
  • A review of the clinical neuropsychology of functional deficits in higher-order cognitive functions
  • A review of assessment approaches to specific neurological conditions including brain injury
Internal Assessment: 50% of the final grade in this paper is based on internal assessment, including essays, tests, project work and laboratory reports, as assigned at the beginning of the paper.
Textbooks
Lezak, M. D., Howieson, D. B., Bigler, E. D., and Tranel, D. (2012). Neuropsychological assessment (5th ed). New York: Oxford University Press.

Strauss, E., Sherman, E. M. S., and Spreen, O. (Eds). (2006). A compendium of neuropsychological tests (3rd ed). New York: Oxford University Press.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Research.
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Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will develop
  • The capacity and desire for lifelong learning and self-directed continuing education about neuropsychology throughout a career in clinical psychology
  • An understanding of the cognitive, behavioural and emotional changes consequent on acquired brain impairments and neurological disorder
  • A critical appreciation of the range of assessment and intervention procedures used in clinical neuropsychology
  • Knowledge and practical clinical skills in the individualised assessment, formulation and communication about clients with neuropsychological deficits

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Timetable

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Monday 09:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41