Clinical Psychology - track Neuropsychology

The specializations in clinical psychology at WISP are based on the belief that psychological well-being and psychological disorders are best understood by combining insights from different disciplines. Psychological disorders are not solely a matter of mental issues, nor is it only being rooted in abnormal brain processes; pathologies exist on a continuum that includes the mental and the biological. The scope of this specialization therefore is broad and integrative. For instance, instead of treating psychotherapy and neuropsychology as separate fields, they are taught jointly, complementary to each other. This approach also connects well with the work field of clinical psychologists, where teams are often multidisciplinary. Having a broad background affords graduates to not only understand phenomena from different angles, but also allows them to better understand and communicate with other professionals.

Hence, introductory courses related to different domains of clinical psychology are shared between the tracks of neuropsychology and psychotherapy. The tracks differ in that they specialize further in one or the other direction.

The neuropsychology track focuses on many common neuropsychological conditions, but also on neuropsychological development in childhood and later stages of life. One course involves practical training with an fMRI scanner, taking place at an fMRI lab at the Polish Academy of Sciences. In addition to seminars and workshops that teach important knowledge and skills in the classroom, several additional optional (elective) courses are offered with priority to students of the track Neuropsychology. In one course clients with specific neuropsychological conditions are invited to the classroom to provide the opportunity for students to practice interviewing, assessment and rehabilitation skills. A second course taking place at the neurosurgery department of the academic hospital of the Medical University focuses on neuropsychological assessment of patients with brain damage. To be admitted to this course students must also enroll and complete a preparatory seminar, providing a background of the specific neurosurgical diseases treated at the department they will visit. Note that the courses with clients are elective courses that do not count towards completion of the specialization and are not required to complete the specialization. 

The table underneath provides an overview of the courses offered within the specialization. From time to time changes are made to the courses offered, or their timing; for the most up to date overview of courses offered within the specialization and detailed descriptions of the courses, please see the link on the left: course offer.

Year 4 semester Hours ECTS
Introduction to Clinical Neuropsychology winter 30 3
Diagnosis and Rehabilitation in Clinical Neuropsychology winter 30 3
Psychiatry winter 30 3
Psychodynamic and Cognitive-Behavioural Models of Mental Disorders winter 30 3
Introduction to Psychotherapy winter 30 3
Developmental Neuropsychology summer 30 3
Introduction to Functional Imaging of the Human Brain summer 30 3
Basic Issues in Neuropsychological Assessment summer 30 3
Clinical Diagnosistic Testing summer 30 2
Clinical Diagnosis in an In-Patient setting summer 30 2
Year 5 semester Hours ECTS
Cross-Cultural Neuropsychological Assessment winter 15 2
Neuropsychiatry winter 15 2
Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology winter 30 3
Culture and Psychopathology: Cross-Cultural Perspectives and Practice winter 15 2
Case Studies in Neuropsychology winter 30 3
Ethical Issues in Clinical Neuropsychology summer 15 2
Neuropsychological Rehabilitation summer 30 3
Neuropsychology of Ageing summer 30 3
Psychopharmacology for Psychologists summer 15 2
Executive functions in neuropsychological practice - a new approach summer 15 2
Optional courses offered to students in the final year of the specialization* semester hours ECTS
Working with Patients with Neurocognitive Disorders wint + sum 60 4
Neurosurgical Diseases from the Perspective of Clinical Neuropsychology summer 15 2
From Symptom to Diagnosis - Methods of Neuropsychological Evaluation in a Neurosurgery Clinic summer 30 2

*  The courses are elective courses primarily foreseen for students of this specialization, but they are not formal specialization courses and so do not count towards completion of the specialization and are not required to complete the specialization