There is a growing need for psychological input in physical health settings which may include working with acute, long-term and neurological conditions (PPN, 2020). A core feature of this work is adopting a bio-psycho-social approach to create a holistic understanding of a person and their presenting problems.
Clinical neuropsychology addresses the link between the human brain and behaviour using a bio-psycho-social framework. It considers the impact of both normal and abnormal brain functioning on a broad range of cognitive, emotional and behavioural functions. Neuropsychological assessment provides 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. Being able to effectively choose, use and interpret a range of cognitive tests remains a core competency for clinical psychologists.
Psychological interventions may need to be adapted due to the physical and cognitive sequalae of a neurological disorder or long-term health condition. The focus may also be less on symptom reduction, but more on living a meaningful life alongside a long-term health condition. This can include using models of psychological adjustment and consideration of psychological factors which may affect a person’s ability to engage in health interventions.
This module will introduce you to clinical neuropsychology and clinical health psychology. This includes understanding the role of a clinical neuropsychologist, neuroanatomy, common neurological and long-term health conditions, neuropsychological assessment and rehabilitation. This will involve the acquisition of practical skills in test administration and interpretation. You will also learn to adapt individual therapeutic interventions to meet the needs of specific populations (e.g. people with cognitive impairments, physical health conditions) and consider other ways of delivering interventions such as working with carers and staff teams.
New module on the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology D.Clin.Psych 2023-24. Replaces previous module PSYC6116. To take place during the first year of the programme, across the whole academic year.