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Intervention Strategies in Clinical Neuropsychology


Entry requirements

Only open to master’s students Psychology with specialisation Clinical Neuropsychology.


This course consists of a theoretical and a practical part, which will be offered simultaneously. The more theoretical part consists of lectures and web lectures on general aspects of neurological deficits and specific interventions in disorders for different etiologies and afflictions.
In subgroups students will examine intervention strategies, their background and applicability, and present a poster on a specific intervention strategy.
The practical part consists of small group sessions running parallel to these lectures. Students will be taught basic techniques such as providing psycho-education, teaching restorative techniques, and teaching compensatory mechanisms. Theoretical and practical issues in treatment planning and execution will be discussed. In subgroups students will write and apply an intervention strategy on a case, and reflect on this process.

Course objectives

Upon completion of this course students will:
1. have acquired advanced knowledge of the theoretical background and of the current state of evidence-based practices of interventions in clinical neuropsychology.
2. have acquired skills in selecting and applying evidence-based neuropsychological interventions
3. have learned to reflect on their therapeutic attitude and their treatment skills
4. have know-how to conduct a mini-therapy as a scientist-practioner
5. have learned how to report on the progress on the progress of and outcome of a mini-therapy.


For the timetables of your lectures, work groups and exams, please select your study programme in: Psychology timetables

Semester 2: Lectures Workgroups



Students need to enroll for lectures and work group sessions. Master’s course registration


Students are not automatically enrolled for an examination. They can register via uSis from 100 to 10 calendar days before the date. Students who are not registered will not be permitted to take the examination. Registering for exams

Mode of instruction

-4 2-hour review-type lectures (course objective 1, 2 & 4)
-8 2-hour supervised seminars/work group sessions (course objectives 2, 3, 4 and 5)
The lectures will be given in English. As the workgroups are primarily focused on practicing treatment skills, these are either given in Dutch or in English.

Attendance is mandatory for all seminars.

In the lectures a review of the theoretical background and the current state of evidence based practices of interventions will be given Students will work in subgroups (triads) to perform Critical Appraisals of Topics (CAT) in order to gain more knowledge of and skills in selecting neuropsychological interventions (Course objectives 1 & 2). In the seminars students will learn treatment and reflective skills (course objective 3). Outside of class, again in the triads students practice their treatment skills themselves by giving a mini-therapy, observing the other triad members and giving and receiving constructive feedback from them. In the seminars students will receive feedback on the process and are also taught the principles of being a scientist practitioner: on how to select, measure and evaluate their treatments and adjust the treatment accordingly (course objectives 3 and 4) as well as how to report on these (course objective 5). Students then write their individual treatment and observation report on the mini-therapy they have conducted (course objective 3, 4 and 5).

Assessment method

The final grade is based on:

  • a CAT - group assignment (40%; course objectives 1 & 2)

  • an individual paper on their treatment, treatment outcome, a reflection on their therapeutic skills and attitude, as well as the constructive feedback to triad group members regarding their therapeutic process and skills (60%; course objectives 3, 4 and 5)
    Students have to have a grade of 5.0 or higher for both papers. The CAT - group assignment needs to written in English. The individual paper can be written in either English or Dutch.

The date and location of the post exam consultation will be posted on blackboard (BB)/Brightspace. In order to be able to attend this post exam consultation, an appointment needs to be made.

The Institute of Psychology follows the policy of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences to systematically check student papers for plagiarism with the help of software. Disciplinary measures will be taken when fraud is detected. Students are expected to be familiar with and understand the implications of this fraud policy.

Reading list

-Book: Neuropsychological Rehabilitation. The International Handbook. B. Wilson. J. Winegardner, C. van Heugten & T. Ownsworth (Eds). Routledge. The Specific will be ….
Zedlitz AMEE, Geurts ACH, Fasotti L (2011). Post-stroke fatigue. A treatment protocol that is being evaluated. Clinical Rehabilitation, 25(6) 487-500.
Bertens D, Fasotti L, Boelen DHE, Kessels RPC. A randomized controlled trial on errorless learning in goal management training: Study rationale and protocol. BMC Neurology. 2013; 13:64.

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