Clinical Neuropsychology: Applications In Practice, 2nd Ed. - C6514


About Course #C6514

Release Date: July 11, 2016

Expiration Date: July 11, 2019

Clinical neuropsychology is a field that combines skills and perspectives from neurobiology, clinical psychology, neuropsychiatry, and behavioral neurology. This informative and practical course discusses what happens during a typical neuropsychological evaluation, how and when to make a referral to a neuropsychologist, and how to read a neuropsychological report. The functional organization of the brain is clearly described with accompanying illustrations that are useful for clients and practitioners. Brain circuitry is described, including the language circuit and brain damage. Participants will learn about the components of a neuropsychological evaluation, such as reviewing patient records; conducting a clinical interview; selecting, administering, scoring, and interpreting tests; making behavioral observations; writing reports; providing feedback; and educating clients, families, and other team members.

This intermediate-level course describes the etiology, course, and prevalence of common disorders across the lifespan and discusses their diagnosis, assessment, and treatment. The course discusses disorders in pediatric neuropsychology, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, specific learning disorders, autism spectrum disorder, and psychiatric comorbidities. Marriage and family therapists, and counselors who treat adults and geriatric patients will benefit from discussions of traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, and Alzheimer's disease.

Course Objectives

  • Define clinical neuropsychology.
  • Discuss the historical development of the field of neuropsychology and the unique training requirements for clinical neuropsychologists.
  • Identify major neuroanatomical features of the brain and their functional significance.
  • Explain the core steps in clinical neuropsychological evaluations.
  • Describe common neuropsychological disorders in children and adolescents.
  • Describe common neuropsychological disorders in young and older adults.

About the Author

Rebecca E. Ready, PhD, ABPP-CN, is an associate professor, division head, and director of clinical training in the Department of Psychology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (UMass), and a member of the Umass Neuroscience and Behavior Program. Dr. Ready obtained her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Iowa in 2001. Her predoctoral training was funded by a grant from the University of Iowa Center on Aging to study behavioral symptoms in neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer's disease and Huntington's disease. Dr. Ready completed her internship and two-year post-doctoral residency in neuropsychology at Brown University Medical School, Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior.

Course Disclosures

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.

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