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School of Psychology
CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY
Course unit
CLINICAL NEUROPSYCHOLOGY
PSO2044204, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2019/20

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY
PS1089, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination CLINICAL NEUROPSYCHOLOGY
Department of reference Department of General Psychology
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Branch PADOVA
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Lecturers
Teacher in charge VALENTINA CARDI M-PSI/08

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines M-PSI/08 Clinical Psychology 6.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
hours
Hours of
Individual study
Shifts
Lecture 6.0 42 108.0 No turn

Calendar
Start of activities 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

Examination board
Examination board not defined

Syllabus
Prerequisites: There will not be a formal assessment of students' background knowledge and skills. A basic understanding of concepts from psychobiology (e.g. brain architecture and functions), cognitive psychology (e.g. attention, memory) and neuropsychology (e.g. main aims and methods of the discipline) is desirable, but not necessary.
Target skills and knowledge: The overall goals of this module are:

1. To develop a critical understanding of the interaction between brain disorders and cognitive and psychiatric disorders.

2. To develop knowledge and skills in the formulation of neuropsychological rehabilitation goals and plans, based on the characteristics of the disease, the individual and the social environment.
Examination methods: The written exam will consist of:

1. providing short answers to three open questions (i.e. 350-500 words) and
2. answering 30 multiple-choice questions.

Students will have 1.5 hours to complete the written exam.
Assessment criteria: Students will be assessed based on their ability to achieve the learning objectives specified above. In particular, they will be assessed on their ability to develop:

- A critical understanding of the interaction between brain disorders and cognitive and psychiatric disorders.

- Knowledge and skills in the formulation of neuropsychological rehabilitation goals and plans, based on the characteristics of the disease, the individual and the social environment.
Course unit contents: The topics that will be described and discussed during the lectures are as follows:

1. Introduction to neuropsychological assessment and rehabilitation.

2. The interaction between brain disorders and psychiatric disorders, including examples of ways in which brain disorders affect social functioning, emotional processing and decision making in autism spectrum disorders, mood disorders, schizophrenia.

3. The interaction between brain disorders and cognitive functioning, including examples of ways in which brain disorders affect attention and memory.

4. Neuropsychological rehabilitation of cognitive disorders and psychosocial disorders.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Various teaching modalities will be used during the lectures to develop a critical understanding of the materials presented. These modalities will consist of:

- Description of contents from the lecturer

- Critical discussions of contents in groups

- Practical exercises, including role play

- Journal clubs

- Guest lectures
Additional notes about suggested reading: The topics discussed during the lectures are summarised in two textbooks. Only portions (i.e. selected chapters) of the two textbooks will be used.

The two recommended textbooks are:

- Kandel, E.R. (2018). The Disordered Mind: What Unusual Brain Tell Us About Ourselves. London, UK: Robinson.

- Wilson, B.A., Winegardner, J., Van Heugten, C.M., Ownsworth, T. (2017). Neuropsychological rehabilitation: The International Handbook. London, UK: Routledge.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Kandel, E.R., The Disordered Mind: What Unusual Brain Tell Us About Ourselves. London, UK: Robinson, 2018.
  • Wilson, B.A., Winegardner, J., Van Heugten, C.M., Ownsworth, T., Neuropsychological rehabilitation: The International Handbook.. London, UK: Routledge, 2017.