UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

PSYC5531 Assessment and Intervention—Adult Complex Disorders

Credit 6 points
  Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Content This unit introduces students to a range of of psychological and neuropsychological disorders (e.g. schizophrenia-spectrum disorders, acquired brain injury, dementia, substance dependence) with clinical presentations that are complicated by neurocognitive and neurobehavioural impairments in addition to affective and interpersonal symptoms. Specialised assessment techniques for evaluation of neuropsychological functioning (e.g. memory attention and executive functions) are introduced and approaches for ethical and appropriate test selection, including critical evaluation of psychometric properties, are reviewed. The unit also introduces students to empirically validated interventions for disorders with neurocognitive impairments. The unit includes a mix of learning modalities including lectures, workshops, brief student presentations and group work typically centred on case examples.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) identify the clinical presentations of a variety of disorders with presentations complicated by neurocognitive and neurobehavioural impairments; (2) understand basic approaches to neuropsychological assessment and intervention with these disorders; and (3) understand how to apply this knowledge within a supervised clinical placement.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) presentation; (2) essay; and (3) case report. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s) Dr Michael Weinborn and Dr Mandy Vidovich
Unit rules
Prerequisites: enrolment in the combined Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Clinical Neuropsychology (01890/54590) or the combined Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Psychology (00890/52590) or the combined Doctor of Philosophy/Master of Clinical Psychology (01870/54570) or the Master of Psychology (Clinical) (52560) or the Doctor of Psychology (50840); and PSYC5672 Foundations in Clinical Skills I (formerly PSYC8672 Foundations in Clinical Skills I) and PSYC5673 Foundations in Clinical Skills II (formerly PSYC8673 Foundations in Clinical Skills II)
Incompatibility: PSYC5592 Neuropsychological Assessment (formerly PSYC8592 Neuropsychological Assessment)
Contact hours lectures: 7 x 2 hours; workshops: 6 x 4 hours (attendance at classes/workshops is compulsory)
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.science.uwa.edu.au/Units/PSYC5531/SEM-2/2017
Note Students enrolled in an APAC accredited program must hold provisional registration as a psychologist. It is the students' responsibility to ensure registration eligibility. Enrolled students are also responsible for maintaining provisional registration for the duration of their enrolment in the program

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