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Unit Overview


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.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) demonstrate, through oral and written modes of communication, the ability to evaluate and apply research to psychological assessment and intervention, using context-appropriate language conveying respect for others; (2) convey understanding of how psychological theories – including, but not limited to, those involving and different mechanisms of brain injury, illness, or disease – used to explain contribute to differences in cognitive, emotional, and personality functioning, with consideration of how clinical presentations and assessment/intervention approaches may vary based on individual differences (e.g., cultural background); (3) show knowledge of, and the ability to apply, international taxonomies of classification of psychological disorders criteria to the assessment and differential diagnosis of clinical presentations complicated by co-occurring cognitive and emotional/personality difficulties; (4) demonstrate the ability to administer and score common psychological assessment instruments in a standardized fashion and to apply knowledge of psychometrics and other sources of clinical data toward the integration of psychological assessment results with other sources of clinical data (e.g., interviews, questionnaires, behavioural observations) and knowledge about psychopathology to inform diagnostic decision-making and intervention planning. T; this includes the use of multiple sources of information to inform case formulation, diagnosis, and intervention, considering contextual factors (e.g., culture); and (5) demonstrate one's knowledge base of information pertinent to assessment and intervention in medically/psychologically complex patient populations, including work in a consultation-liaison role in teams from multiple disciplines, and with regard to the assessment of decision-making capacity.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) video presentation; (2) written case report; (3) attendance of lectures and workshops; and (4) workshop quizzes. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the attendance of lectures and workshops component.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Cherie Strikwerda-Brown
Unit rules
Enrolment in
01890/54590 Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Clinical Neuropsychology
or 01870/54570 Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Clinical Psychology
and Successful completion of
two Unit(s) PSYC5672 Foundations in Clinical Skills I
and Unit(s) PSYC5673 Foundations in Clinical Skills II
Unit(s) PSYC5592 Neuropsychological Assessment
Contact hours
lectures: 8 x 2 hours
workshops: 5 x 4 hours (attendance at classes/workshops is compulsory)
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.
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.