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A 48 day external field placement concentrating on neuropsychological services in adult neurology/neurosurgery and adult psychiatry. Placement in each setting will extend over 12 weeks. Students will be expected to commit 2 days per week for a total of 24 weeks. Field placement activities include neuropsychological assessment of referred cases, case formulation and diagnosis, development of management strategies where appropriate, attendance at relevant clinical meetings and ward rounds under the supervision of field neuropsychologists who meet the standards of the Australian Psychological Accreditation Council. In addition students are required to attend, and present cases seen on field placement at a weekly case conference in the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences over the course of their enrolment in Clinical Neuropsychology Placement 2A. Students are also required to attend 3 clinical workshops (18 hours in total) designed to enhance the development of practical professional-level skills.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this placement subject, students should be able to:
- Expand on their familiarity with the clinical features of neuropsychological disorders, problem-oriented interviewing and communication, formal neuropsychological examination, diagnostic formulation, and case presentation.
- Understand the rationale, underlying theory and practical considerations associated with Motivational Interviewing;
- Understand the basic legal, ethical and financial issues associated with establishing a private psychological practice;
- Understand the theory and practical considerations associated with working with individuals who are grieving.
On completion of this subject, students should demonstrate skills in:
- Undertaking culturally responsive assessment and diagnosis of neuropsychological and neuropsychiatric disorders using appropriate methodologies, including history taking, mental status examination, neurobehavioural observations, standardised testing, symptom and performance validity measures, and synthesis of information from multiple sources to formulate a conceptualisation of the presenting issues and determine the most appropriate interventions;
- Demonstrate the ability to consult with and refer to other professionals regarding the neuropsychological implications of neurological and neuropsychiatric symptoms and disorders, including communication of professional opinions in oral and written formats;
- Implement appropriate, empirically supported, culturally appropriate interventions, and monitor patients’ progress and intervention outcomes.
Application of Knowledge and Skills
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Rigorously apply professional practice policies and procedures, including as they relate to referral management and record-keeping, across a range of workplace settings and with recognition of different organisational and cultural practices;
- Work effectively with a range of professionals and support staff in the workplace and communicate and collaborate effectively, within the bounds of ethical and legal requirements, demonstrating respect for the skills and contribution of other professionals;
- Evaluate the effectiveness of their professional practice (in conjunction with clinical supervisors), identifying areas for improvement and implementing changes where needed.
This placement subject is designed to promote an in-depth understanding of specialist practice, to expand the range of ways in which learning occurs; to develop a capacity to work collaboratively, to confront and manage unfamiliar problems, to value different cultures, and to develop a high regard for human rights, ethics and equity.
Last updated: 6 December 2019