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This field placement and clinical skills subject, extending over forty-three days, introduces students to clinical neuropsychology services in a variety of settings, which might include adult and paediatric care in neurological, neurosurgical, psychiatric, and rehabilitation settings. It also incorporates clinical skills workshops. All principal field supervisors are registered supervisors with AHPRA, and Members (or eligible for Membership) of the College of Clinical Neuropsychologists of the Australian Psychological Society.
It is a requirement of the Australian Accreditation Council and the Australian Psychological Society College of Clinical Neuropsychologists that students complete a minimum of 1000 hours of placement training during the two-year Master of Psychology (Clinical Neuropsychology) course. This first year placement subject provides 25 days of the patient-related placement requirement, 6 days of student case conference, and 9 days of clinical skills and assessment workshops.
Clinical Neuropsychology Placement 1 consists of the following components:
- Direct observation of patients referred to neuropsychology services at teaching hospitals and the University of Melbourne Psychology Clinic.
- Attendance at hospital-based group supervision sessions and clinical meetings, involving intensive discussion of cases directly observed during component 1.
Student case conference. These two-hour conferences are held weekly during semester 1 and 2 on the Parkville campus.
Assessment seminars: The equivalent of four and one half days (34 hours) of seminars on neuropsychological assessment techniques. Clinical skills workshops: The equivalent of four and one half days (33 hours) of workshops on specific clinical skills. These seminars and workshops are designed to enhance the development of practical professional-level skills. The time difference between Contact Hours and Total Time Commitment for the subject will be spent in out-of-classroom assessment technique familiarisation and rehearsal.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this placement subject, students should be able to:
- Demonstrate familiarity with the clinical features of neuropsychological disorders, problem-oriented interviewing and communication, formal neuropsychological examination, diagnostic formulation, and case presentation in a culturally sensitive manner.
On completion of this subject, students should demonstrate skills in:
- Developing practical skills in counselling, interviewing, conducting mental state examinations and history taking and diagnostic interviewing, and including mindfulness in treatment.
- Competent administration and scoring of a wide range of standardized neuropsychological tests and abilities measures, and demonstrate understanding of their psychometric underpinnings and underlying cognitive and behavioural processes.
Application of Knowledge and Skills
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Consider their own self-care needs as psychologists;
- Use skills in interviewing, history taking, diagnosis and neuropsychological testing to develop an understanding of client presenting issues and potential intervention options.
Analysis and critical thinking, through evaluating the complex and varying information that needs to be amalgamated for a successful clinical interaction
Attention to detail, through observation of features that differentiate one individual from another, and appreciation of the significance of detailed observation for effective real world action
Written communication, through completion of reports
Time management and planning, through organising and integrating multiple demands of the subject
Last updated: 17 May 2021