Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject will address theories of recovery of function following brain injury, and the concepts of neuropsychological impairment, disability and handicap will be introduced. This will lead into a related topic of assessment of decision-making capacity which is a core area of clinical practice for neuropsychologists. Approaches to rehabilitation of cognitive, behavioural and psychosocial changes resulting from neuropsychological disorder will be appraised and the evidence of the effectiveness of interventions and the importance of interdisciplinary teamwork will be reviewed. Management of chronic and degenerative neuropsychological conditions will be explored.

SchoolSchool of Psychology & Public Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorGlynda Kinsella

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Successful completion of first year Masters in Clinical Neuropsychology Coursework


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Demonstrate an understanding of the models of neuropsychological recovery and adaptation

Lecture presentations and reading; act as class discussant for lecture material

02. Develop skill in the process of neuropsycholgical assessment for the purpose of assessing decision-making capacity.

Active participation in lecture presentations and class exercises; Case Analyses of decision-making assessments

03. Develop an understanding and insight into the lived experience of people who are affected by neuropsychological injury or disorder

Interviews with persons with neuropsychological impairment, including discussion of their experience through the health and community systems; and also interviews with health professionals involved in rehabilitation and management of persons with acquired neuropsychological impairment

04. Develop knowledge and ability to research the empirical literature to develop evidence-based plans for interventions and management of acquired neuropsychological impairments

Class presentations on selected topics in lectures/tutorials and written reports on cases requiring evidence-based intervention or management.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2016, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorGlynda Kinsella

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Tutorial Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Examination - 1hr35 01, 04
Written case report - 2500 words35 03
Written case report - 2000 words30 02