Clinical Neuropsychology as a Specialist Profession in European Health Care : Developing a Benchmark for Training Standards and Competencies Using the Europsy Model?

Show full item record



Permalink

http://hdl.handle.net/10138/321166

Citation

Hokkanen , L , Barbosa , F , Ponchel , A , Constantinou , M , Kosmidis , M H , Varako , N , Kasten , E , Mondini , S , Lettner , S , Baker , G , Persson , B A & Hessen , E 2020 , ' Clinical Neuropsychology as a Specialist Profession in European Health Care : Developing a Benchmark for Training Standards and Competencies Using the Europsy Model? ' , Frontiers in Psychology , vol. 11 , 559134 . https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2020.559134

Title: Clinical Neuropsychology as a Specialist Profession in European Health Care : Developing a Benchmark for Training Standards and Competencies Using the Europsy Model?
Author: Hokkanen, Laura; Barbosa, Fernando; Ponchel, Amelie; Constantinou, Marios; Kosmidis, Mary H.; Varako, Nataliya; Kasten, Erich; Mondini, Sara; Lettner, Sandra; Baker, Gus; Persson, Bengt A.; Hessen, Erik
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Date: 2020-10-06
Language: eng
Number of pages: 11
Belongs to series: Frontiers in Psychology
ISSN: 1664-1078
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/321166
Abstract: The prevalence and negative impact of brain disorders are increasing. Clinical Neuropsychology is a specialty dedicated to understanding brain-behavior relationships, applying such knowledge to the assessment of cognitive, affective, and behavioral functioning associated with brain disorders, and designing and implementing effective treatments. The need for services goes beyond neurological diseases and has increased in areas of neurodevelopmental and psychiatric conditions, among others. In Europe, a great deal of variability exists in the education and training of Clinical Neuropsychologists. Training models include master's programs, continuing education courses, doctoral programs, and/or post-doctoral specialization depending on the country, with no common framework of requirements, although patients' needs demand equal competencies across Europe. In the past 5 years, the Standing Committee on Clinical Neuropsychology of the European Federation of Psychologists' Association has conducted a series of surveys and interviews with experts in the field representing 30 European countries. The information, along with information from the existing literature, is used in presenting an overview of current and relevant topics related to policy and guidelines in the training and competencies in Clinical Neuropsychology. An option for the way forward is the EuroPsy Specialist Certificate, which is currently offered in Work and Organizational Psychology, and in psychotherapy. It builds upon the basic certificate and complements national standards without overriding them. General principles can be found that can set the basis for a common, solid, and comprehensive specialty education/training, sharpening the Neuropsychologists' competencies across Europe. The requirements in Clinical Neuropsychology should be comparable to those for the existing specialty areas in the EuroPsy model. Despite the perceived challenges, developing a specialist certificate appears a step forward for the development of Clinical Neuropsychology. Recommendations are proposed toward a shared framework of competencies by the means of a common level of education/training for the professionals in Europe. Benchmarking training standards and competencies across Europe has the potential of providing protection against unqualified and ethically questionable practice, creating transparency, raising the general European standard, and promoting mobility of both Clinical Neuropsychologists and patients in Europe, for the benefit of the professional field and the population.
Subject: clinical neuropsychology
specialization
EuroPsy
training
competencies
standards
guidelines and recommendations
ACQUIRED BRAIN-INJURY
COGNITIVE REHABILITATION
MULTIPLE-SCLEROSIS
EDUCATION
DYSFUNCTION
IMPAIRMENT
GUIDELINES
DISORDERS
DIAGNOSIS
EPILEPSY
515 Psychology
516 Educational sciences
Rights:


Files in this item

Total number of downloads: Loading...

Files Size Format View
fpsyg_11_559134.pdf 436.3Kb PDF View/Open

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show full item record