Clinical Neuropsychology
MSc Psychology
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About Clinical Neuropsychology
Clinical neuropsychologists assess and manage the cognitive, emo-
tional...
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The programme
The curriculum of the master’s specialisation Clinical Neuropsycho­-
logy includes several...
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Child neuropsychology: theory and assessment of neurodevelopmental
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use of the various diagnostic tools, practical training in anamnesis,
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•	 Theoretical aspects of s...
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“I have always been interested in the medical and psychological
aspects of human beings. This is why I w...
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Clinical Neuropsychology

  1. 1. Clinical Neuropsychology MSc Psychology Specialisation Leiden University. The university to discover. Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
  2. 2. master of science Degree Type of Programme Duration Start Date Language Entry Requirements Admission MSc in Psychology, specialisation Clinical Neuropsychology Full-time 1 year September and February English A bachelor’s degree in psychology (including preparatory courses on biological psychology and clinical neuropsychology) is the minimum qualification. Bachelors in other fields of (behavioural) science may also apply but addi- tional courses may be required. For detailed entry requirements see www.mastersinleiden.nl All prospective students need to apply for admission. Students with Dutch nationality and a Dutch bachelor’s degree can file their application form at the Student Information Centre. International students and/or students with an international diploma should contact the Inter- national Office. Application forms can be obtained from www.mastersinleiden.nl. International students can apply online. Clinical Neuropsychology
  3. 3. mastersinleiden.nl About Clinical Neuropsychology Clinical neuropsychologists assess and manage the cognitive, emo- tional and behavioural consequences of brain dysfunction as a result of neurological or psychiatric conditions. Examples are (congenital) neurodevelopmental disorders, stroke, traumatic brain injury, epilepsy, brain tumours, substance abuse, schizophrenia and dementia. Clinical neuropsychologists typically work as part of a multidisciplinary team in neurological and psychiatric departments in (university) hospitals, research institutes, rehabilitation centres, nursing homes and private practices. There is increasing recognition of the role clinical neuro­ psychologists play in the management of brain diseases and the demand for their services is becoming greater as the population ages and medical (neuro)technology advances. Aim of the programme This master’s programme is grounded in the neurosciences relevant to clinical neuropsychology with a strong focus on evidence-based practice. This means that students are taught to focus on the consci- entious, explicit and well-judged use of current best scientific evidence in making decisions about the care of individual patients in terms of diagnostics, prognostics and interventions (the ‘scientist-practitioner’ model). The programme is attractive not only for students who wish to become professionally active in the field of Clinical Neuropsychology (e.g. as Health Care psychologists/Gezondheidszorgpsycholoog BIG, Clinical Neuropsychologist/Klinisch Neuropsycholoog or Clinical Psy- chologist/Klinisch Psycholoog) but also for students who wish to prepare themselves for a PhD track in (clinical) neurosciences.
  4. 4. master of science The programme The curriculum of the master’s specialisation Clinical Neuropsycho­- logy includes several obligatory courses (20 ECTS), an internship in a clinical setting (20 ECTS) and a thesis (20 ECTS). We offer two tracks within the Clinical Neuropsychology specialisation: 1. the Child neuropsychology track 2. the Adult and old-age neuropsychology track Students are advised to choose one track. However, the courses from the other track can be chosen as an elective. The master’s programme conforms with the entrance requirements set by postdoctoral profes- sional education in the Netherlands (postdoctorale beroeps­ opleidingen in de geestelijke gezondheidszorg (PDO-GGZ)). ECTS Level Courses in Child neuropsychology Child neuropsychology: theory and assessment of neurodevelopmental disorders 5 500 Child neuropsychology: clinical practice of neurodevelopmental disorders 5 500 Courses in Adult and old-age neuro­psychology Adult and old-age clinical neuropsychology: theory and assessment 5 500 Adult and old-age clinical neuropsychology: clinical practice 5 500 Courses offered in both tracks Intervention strategies in clinical neuropsychology 5 500 Intervention strategies in clinical neuropsychology: practical training 5 500
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  6. 6. master of science Courses Child neuropsychology: theory and assessment of neurodevelopmental disorders This course provides theoretical foundations in the clinical neuropsy- chological assessment and treatment of children with neuropsycho­ logical problems, including neurodevelopmental disorders (i.e. genetic disorders, epilepsy, traumatic brain injury) and neuropsychiatric developmental problems (i.e. ASD, Asperger, ADHD). The cognitive, emotional and/or behavioural consequences as a result of these prob- lems are discussed. The course involves 7 lectures and a practical exam addressing the following content domains: • Child neuropsychology: Dimensions of theory and practice and functional neuroanatomic developmental concepts • Common CNS disorders of childhood • Common neurodevelopmental disorders • Neuropsychiatric developmental disorders; autism, ADHD • Neuropsychological interventions within a developmental context. Child neuropsychology: clinical practice of neurodevelopmental disorders This course provides a practical training in the clinical neuropsycho­ logical assessment of children with neuropsychological problems. Integrated diagnostic skills are built up by training practical skills, testing, scoring and interpretation of test data, demonstration and use of the various diagnostic tools, practical training in anamnesis and social-interactive skills (with parents and children), report writing and testing children at their homes. Casuistic material will be used to introduce the various psycho-diagnostic problem domains to the student. The course consists of 7 seminars. Adult and old-age clinical neuropsychology: theory and assessment This course provides theoretical foundations in the clinical neuropsy- chological assessment, diagnostic work-up and treatment of cognitive, emotional and/or behavioural consequences as a result of (possible) neurological or psychiatric disease in adult and elderly patients. Clinical neuropsychologists working in the (academic) health service will contribute most to the teachings provided in this course, but a neurologist and psychiatrist will also provide input. The course
  7. 7. mastersinleiden.nl involves 7 lectures and a practical exam addressing the following content domains: • General principles of clinical neuropsychology • Functional neuroanatomy • Psychofarmacology • Dementias • Acquired brain damage • Movement disorders • Neuropsychiatric disorders Adult and old-age clinical neuropsychology: clinical practice This course provides practical training in the clinical neuropsycho­ logical assessment of cognitive, emotional and/or behavioural problems in adults and elderly with suspected neurological or psychiatric disease. Integrated diagnostic skills are built up by training practical skills (i.e. testing, scoring and interpretation of test data), demonstration and
  8. 8. master of science use of the various diagnostic tools, practical training in anamnesis, social-interactive skills and report writing. The seminars will be pro- vided by clinical neuropsychologists working in the (academic) health service. The course consists of 7 seminars and a practical exam. Intervention strategies in clinical neuropsychology Neuropsychological intervention is an important aspect of the revali- dation of patients with cognitive and emotional dysfunctions due to brain injury resulting from stroke, traffic accidents or neuro­psychiatric diseases. This master’s course provides the theoretical basis of interven- tion strategies in Clinical Neuropsychology. The focus lies on treatment programmes that are theoretically sound and empirically supported (evidence-based). For example, we will discuss the theoretical basis of compensation and strategy training intended for dealing with specific cognitive problems (e.g. memory, attention and executive functioning). Furthermore, psychosocial interventions based on cognitive behav- ioural principles are taught.
  9. 9. mastersinleiden.nl The course consists of: • Introduction to neuropsychological interventions • Theoretical aspects of strategy and compensation training • Psychosocial interventions related to brain injury • Design, implementation and evaluation of (new) treatment programmes Intervention strategies in clinical neuropsychology: practical training This course provides practical training in compensation and strategy skills for memory, attention and executive dysfunctions. Psychosocial interventions based on cognitive behavioural principles are taught. The focus lies on treatment programmes that are theoretically sound and empirically supported (evidence-based). The students are taught how to design, evaluate and implement treatment programmes. The course consists of: • Design, implementation and evaluation of a neuropsychological treatment programme • Psycho-education and training/compensating memory, attention, executive dysfunctions • Practice aspects of psychosocial interventions focusing on accep­tation and coping with (cognitive) dysfunctions
  10. 10. master of science “I have always been interested in the medical and psychological aspects of human beings. This is why I was so attracted to neuro­ psychology, which combines both these interests. I really enjoy neuropsychological theory, and during my internship at a psycho- geriatric nursing home I had my first practical experience with treating patients and dealing with their families. I now have a PhD position at the Leiden University Medical Center, in the Department of Neurology/Neuropsychology where I am conducting research on the effectiveness of a psychosocial education programme for patients and partners. Most of the patients I study are suffering from Parkinson’s or Huntington’s disease, but some also have other diseases. My job is particularly fulfilling and enjoy- able because of the variety of patients I treat and because, as well as conducting research, I also have the opportunity to apply and learn about different psychosocial treatments. There are currently three master’s students involved in my research and I am their thesis supervisor. What I most appreciated about my master’s was that it was very variable, from theory to testing and applying treatment skills in practice. It was an excellent preparation for this job, which has just the same kind of variable challenges.” Laura a’Campo, MSc “The master’s specialisation was an excellent prepa- ration for this job.”
  11. 11. mastersinleiden.nl The programme is attractive not only for students who wish to become professionally active in the field of clinical neuropsychology, (for instance as Health Care psychologists/Gezondheidszorgpsycholoog BIG, Clinical Neuropsychologist/Klinisch Neuropsycholoog or Clinical Psy­chologist/Klinisch Psycholoog’), but also for students who are interested in a scientific career. Clinical neuropsychologists typically work as members of a multidisciplinary team in neurological and psychiatric departments in (university) hospitals, rehabilitation centres, nursing homes, forensic clinics, psychiatric hospitals, centres for mental health care and private practices. They are involved in the neuropsychological assessment, treatment and guidance of patients with brain damage. Students interested in a scientific career are ready to start a PhD track in (clinical) neuro­sciences. In many cases it is possible to combine both scientific and clinical neuropsychological activities during a PhD track. Career prospects
  12. 12. mastersinleiden.nl More Information For more information on the master’s pro- grammes and the specialisations, courses, struc- ture, admission requirements, application proce- dures and tuiton fees, please check our website: www.mastersinleiden.nl For academic information on course content Prof. H.A.M. Middelkoop: h.a.m.middelkoop@lumc.nl +31 (0)71 526 2125 For general and application information Student Information Centre (Dutch students) Kaiserstraat 25 P.O. Box 439 2300 AK Leiden The Netherlands + 31 (0)71 527 80 11 informatiecentrum@leidenuniv.nl International Office (international students) P.O. Box 9500 2300 RA Leiden The Netherlands study@io.leidenuniv.nl Although this brochure has been compiled with the utmost care, Leiden University accepts no liability for any consequences arising from errors contained therein. 10-09

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