Neuropsychological Rehabilitation

Subject PSYC90033 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 6.25
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 27-Jul-2015 to 25-Oct-2015
Assessment Period End 20-Nov-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 07-Aug-2015
Census Date 31-Aug-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 25-Sep-2015

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 1.5 hours of lectures/seminars per week for 12 weeks
Total Time Commitment:

54 hours

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:

Completion of APAC approved psychology studies to fourth-year (Honours) level.

Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.

The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements, Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:


Prof Sarah Wilson


Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences

12th floor Redmond Barry Building (Building 115 Map)

Telephone: + 61 3 8344 6377



Subject Overview:

Coverage of the rapidly expanding field of neuropsychological rehabilitation is provided in this subject. The curriculum covers topics such as the nature of recovery following focal and diffuse brain injury from a neurological, cognitive and psychosocial viewpoint. Common disorders and their associated cognitive, emotional and social effects will be addressed, such as stroke and traumatic brain injury. 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. During the year students may be required to make observations of 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.

Learning Outcomes:

Students will gain an appreciation of the complex issues surrounding the interactions between clinicians, individuals with brain damage, and their families within the rehabilitation setting, promoting an understanding of potential for recovery and meaningful activity in disabled individuals. Students will also develop an evidence-based approach towards existing and newly proposed therapeutic interventions for the remediation of neuropsychological impairment.


A mid semester written report of 3000 words (60%)

An end-of-semester 20 minute oral presentation on a neuropsychological case (40%)

Prescribed Texts:


Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
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.

Related Course(s): Master of Psychology (Clinical Neuropsychology)
Master of Psychology (Clinical Neuropsychology)/Doctor of Philosophy

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