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Unit information: Development and Rehabilitation in 2019/20

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Unit name Development and Rehabilitation
Unit code PSYCM0027
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Professor. Kit Pleydell-Pearce
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Psychological Science
Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences


This course aims to provide students with an understanding of the effects of brain damage / disease across the life span. Students will develop an understanding of the principles of biological recovery from brain damage and will experience critical analysis of evidence concerning methods of rehabilitation for acquired neuropsychological disabilities caused by neurological disease / brain damage. Students will be exposed to a variety of perspectives on rehabilitation following brain damage across the different phases following injury, including acute medical, acute rehabilitation, post-acute rehabilitation and social and work integration. Students will gain an understanding of the role of medical input in rehabilitation including pharmacological approaches to symptom management. Students will develop an understanding of contemporary approaches to cognitive rehabilitation, problematic behaviour management and the management of adjustment and emotional symptoms in rehabilitation. Students will develop an understanding of the need for, but complexities associated with, meaningfully evaluating outcome from rehabilitation intervention. Throughout the unit, moral, ethical and legal aspects of clinical practice will be considered.

The unit aims to fulfil part of the syllabus requirements for the British Psychological Society diploma in clinical neuropsychology and to provide students with a contemporary understanding of the impact of neurological disease / brain damage across the lifespan and the methods and approaches used in contemporary rehabilitation. Specifically, this course aims:

  1. To teach students about the impact of brain damage / disease across the lifespan and the implications of this for biological recovery and functional rehabilitation.
  2. To teach students about contemporary clinical approaches to rehabilitation following brain damage / disease including the multi-disciplinary nature of such efforts.
  3. To guide students in how to deliver clinical neuropsychological rehabilitation (assessment and intervention) for cognitive, emotional and behavioural problems following brain damage / disease and how to evaluate its effectiveness.
  4. To help student to translate research findings in to evidence based clinical interventions.
  5. To help students develop an awareness of the moral, ethical and legal considerations relevant to clinical practice in relation to rehabilitation.

Intended learning outcomes

The learning outcomes are mainly expressed within the statement of aims described in section C7 above. This convergence is a natural consequence of a clinically oriented course. The principal learning outcome is to develop competence in clinical practice pertaining to rehabilitation, and, an understanding of the changing risk factors for various forms of neurological disorder across the human lifespan.

Teaching details

Students will attend a series of lectures delivered by practicing clinicians during a one week teaching block.

Assessment Details

3 hour examination to include long answer questions, short answer questions and multiple choice questionnaire. Each section is equally weighted and the exam provides 100% of the total unit mark.

Reading and References




  • Donders, J. & Hunter, S. (2010) Principles and Practice of Lifespan Developmental Neuropsychology. Cambridge University Press. ONLINE ASSESS
  • Halligan, P. & Wade, D. (2005) The effectiveness of rehabilitation for cognitive deficits. Oxford University Press. ONLINE ACCESSSpecific emphasis on the evidence base underpinning various aspects of cognitive rehabilitation (attention, memory, language, executive functions).
  • Goldstein, L. & McNeil, J. (2005) Clinical Neuropsychology: A practical guide to assessment and management for clinicians. Wiley-Backwell. ONLINE ACCESS. See chapters on neuropsychological rehabilitation.
  • Noggle, C. A. & Dean, R. S. (Eds) (2012) Neuropsychological Rehabilitation. Springer. Arts and Social Sciences (RC387.5NEU)
  • Ponsford, J., Sloan, S.& Snow, P. (2017) Traumatic brain injury: Rehabilitation for everyday adaptive living (2nd ed). LEA. Arts and Social Sciences (RC387.5 PON)
  • Stuss, D., Winocur, G. & Robertson, I. (2008) Cognitive Neurorehabilitation: Evidence and Application. Cambridge University Press. ONLINE ACCESS. A fundamental text, covering a wide array of topics – highly recommended.
  • Tate, R. L. (2012) Rehabilitation of Traumatic Brain Injury. In: The Oxford Handbook of Rehabilitation Psychology (Paul Kennedy (Ed). Oxford University Press. ONLINE ACCESS
  • Tyerman, A. & King, N. (2008) Psychological approaches to rehabilitation after brain Injury. Blackwell. Arts and Social Sciences (RC387.5 PSY)
  • Wilson, B., Gracey, F., Evans, J. & Bateman, A. (2009) Neuropsychological Rehabilitation: Theory, Models, Therapy and Outcome. Cambridge UP. ONLINE ACCESS. An important book, distilling the clinical models and experience of the UK’s flagship neuropsychological rehabilitation setting – Oliver Zangwill Centre.
  • Wood, R. Ll. & McMillan, T. (Eds) (2017) Neurobehavioural disabilities and social handicap following traumatic brain injury (2nd ed). Psychology Press. Arts and Social Sciences (RC387.5 NEU)