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Neuropsychological Rehabilitation (PSYC90033)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 6.25On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codePSYC90033
Semester 2
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Coverage of the rapidly expanding field of neuropsychological rehabilitation is provided in this subject. The curriculum covers the nature of recovery following focal and diffuse brain injury from neurological, cognitive and psychosocial viewpoints, as well as frameworks for developing appropriate neuropsychological interventions for rehabilitation. Commonly encountered disorders such as stroke and brain injury will be discussed in the context of their cognitive, emotional, and social effects, including neuropsychiatric comorbidities. Approaches to the assessment and management of cognitive and behavioural disorders will be surveyed, with an emphasis on designing and implementing cognitive and behavioural interventions that are patient-centred and culturally responsive. During the semester students may be required to make observations regarding a patient's recovery, practice how to design and implement an intervention, or provide psychoeducation and feedback to patients and families, as they explore the various roles of clinical neuropsychologists in rehabilitation settings.

Intended learning outcomes


On completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Determine the likely neurological, behavioural, and psychosocial factors at play in a patient’s presentation to a rehabilitation setting, including any interaction of these factors
  • Distinguish a patient’s potential for recovery and meaningful activity, including the identification of barriers to recovery as well as protective factors



On completion of this subject students should:

  • Formulate patient-centred SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Timely) goals for neuropsychological rehabilitation in conjunction with the patient, their family, and the broader rehabilitation team
  • Devise evidence-based interventions for the remediation of neuropsychological impairment that align with the goals of the patient.


Application of Knowledge and Skills

On completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Justify their formulation of and therapeutic approach to a patient’s proposed neuropsychological rehabilitation program.

Generic skills

Attention to clinical detail, through careful observation of patients and their patterns of recovery

Time management and planning, through organising and integrating the multiple demands of the subject

Analytic and synthetic thinking, through analysis and integration of multiple sources of information

Written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills, through extensive reading, report writing, role play, verbal presentation of information, and face-to-face interactions.

Last updated: 24 August 2019