Psychodiagnostic and Neuropsychological Assessment of School-Age Children
This program is launched with the support for the Initiative For Mental health, Psychology and Advanced Clinical Training (IMPACT) at the AUB Psychology Department.
The certificate in Psychodiagnostic and Neuropsychological Assessment of School-Age Children, is a post-graduate specialization that teaches diagnostic assessment using neuropsychological principles, for children aged 4 to 18. Successful graduates of the program, will be qualified in the latest evidence-based practices of neuropsychological /psychodiagnostic assessment of school-aged children with a range of developmental, attention, memory, cognitive, language, visual perceptual, affect, and behavioral concerns. The certificate It consists of two didactic courses (40 contact hours each) that focus on the theoretical and practical aspects of normal and pathological development in school-age children, and the neuropsychological procedures used to identify and treat them. In addition, it has two practicum courses (40 hours each) that allows students to be supervised on their own cases. The program is designed for professionals who have a master's or PhD in a related discipline, and experience in assessing this population.
Course 1: This course provides an overview of the major principles of school neuropsychology, the relevant diagnostic categories and issues that impact learning (LDs, ADHD, DCD, ID, ASD and other childhood disorders), and the cognitive theories, functions and processes that are used as conceptual models for their diagnosis.
Course 2: This is a continuation of the previous course, and is designed to teach assessment procedures of history taking, behavioral observations, testing, and interpretation/integration. The focus is on how multiple data sources can be integrated statistically and conceptually, when making interpretations, diagnoses, and recommendations for school-aged children.
Practicum I and II: This course provides students with the opportunity to observe neuropsychological assessments, and conduct supervised neuropsychological assessments on their own caseload. The courses also allow the students to contextualize assessments within the cultural complexities of Lebanon, and understand how procedures can be adapted to fit the language and culture.