Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject will address theories of recovery of function following brain injury or degeneration, 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-ordinatorKerryn Pike

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 assessing decision-making capacity in people who have neuropsychological impairment or disability.

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

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 evidence-based neuropsychological interventions or management.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2017, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorKerryn Pike

Class requirements

Seminar Week: 31 - 43
One 3.0 hours seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Discussion following selected lectures5 01, 02
One class presentationOn a selected topic related to neuropsychological rehabilitation or management25 01, 02
One 1-hour group powerpoint presentation on a group project10 04
One 3000 word written critical review of a selected neuropsychological intervention60 04