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DPSY5161 - Legal, ethical and professional issues in neuropsychology

SCA Band 1, 0.000 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: Ms Elizabeth Bigelow


Clayton First semester 2007 (Day)


Students will develop an understanding of the role of the Clinical Neuropsychologist and of legal and ethical principles governing research and professional practice in psychology. They will learn how to work with other professionals and develop the skills to conduct a clinical interview, take a case history, and write a report. Students will observe at least one neuropsychological assessment. They will learn the principles and practices involved in counseling; including developing rapport, setting and implementing goals, and will be provided with opportunities to practice these skills.


The primary aim in this unit is to equip students with the basic skills necessary for their entrance into the profession of Clinical Neuropsychology. When students have completed this subject they will:

  1. Be familiar with the legal and ethical principles which govern research and professional practice in psychology and understand how to apply their knowledge of relevant legislation and codes of professional conduct to such issues as confidentiality, informed consent, freedom of information, intra and inter professional relationships, responsibilities, and professional conduct;
  2. Be able to define the professional role/s of the Clinical Neuropsychologist;
  3. Understand the relationship between the Clinical Neuropsychologist and other health professionals;
  4. Have an understanding of the importance of teamwork and the skills necessary to implement this understanding;
  5. Have acquired a good understanding of the principles and practices involved in counselling within the context of a therapeutic relationship;
  6. Have practiced their counselling skills sufficiently to enable them to feel reasonably confident when dealing with the clients they will encounter on their first clinical placement; and
  7. Have acquired the practical skills necessary to conduct a clinical interview, develop an understanding of the history preceding the development of a neuropsychological problem and write a comprehensive case report.


Pass/Fail grade, students are expected to attend 85% of the classes and three of the four site visits.