Clinical neuropsychology addresses the link between the human brain and behaviour. It considers the impact of both normal and abnormal brain functioning on a broad range of cognitive, emotional and behavioural functions. Neuropsychological assessments provide a scientific way of quantifying and describing the changes in brain function caused by damage or disease which can be used to develop a formulation and inform diagnosis, interventions and monitor changes over time. Psychological interventions may need to be adapted due to the physical and cognitive sequalae of a neurological disorder. Similar adaptations may also be required when working with older adults due to changes across the lifespan as well as consideration of age-related developmental factors (e.g. losses, role changes, resilience) and cohort differences.
This module introduces you to the role of the neuropsychologist, neuroanatomy, common neurological conditions, neuropsychological assessment and rehabilitation. This will involve the acquisition of practical skills in test administration and scoring as well as clinical report writing. Normal changes across the lifespan will be reviewed and contrasted with pathological changes. You will also learn to adapt individual therapeutic interventions to meet the needs of specific populations (e.g. older adults, people with cognitive impairments) and look at other ways of delivering interventions such as working with carers and staff teams.