Small-Group Advanced Seminar in

Interpretation of the HRB



The “Black Book” Series: Dementia




Based on Dr. Ralph Reitan’s method of compiling multiple cases with the same neurological diagnosis (into notebooks for heuristic purposes – hence “the Black Book”), this seminar will intensively explore clinical cases with dementia resulting from various neurological conditions. The goal of the seminar is to improve attendees’ ability to identify and understand brain-behavior relationships associated with dementias.

This small-group advanced seminar will emphasize the comprehensive clinical interpretation of adult cases using the Halstead-Reitan Neuropsychological Test Battery.  There will be an emphasis on the correlation of neuropsychological test results with behavioral/clinical symptoms, presenting complaints, history, and neurological pathology.

Each case will be explored systematically through a process of test interpretation, integration of clinical history and neurological findings, differential diagnosis, determination of treatment or rehabilitation needs, and impact on daily and independent function.

All attendees must have previously completed a workshop from The Neuropsychology Center or Reitan Neuropsychology Labs and be knowledgeable about data plotting (as taught in the Administration/Interpretation seminar). By limiting enrollment to participants with this level of experience, we expect to be able to offer intensive, advanced training. There is opportunity for direct interaction between the instructors and participants.  Participants will be able to test out their diagnostic skills by formulating the cases provided.

ACTIVE participation is expected of all attendees!

Learning Objectives:

Participants in this seminar can expect to improve their ability to recognize important patterns in neuropsychological test results associated with various dementias, to integrate presenting complaints and history with neuropsychological test results, and to understand implications of various test patterns for patients' daily and occupational functioning. They can expect to improve their understanding of the process of integrated neuropsychological interpretation using the HRB.  In particular, attendees will learn HRB neuropsychological patterns of performance from individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease, vascular dementia, frontotemporal dementia, and dementia associated with Parkinson’s Disease.  Further, they will gain skills in regard to differential diagnosis and the clinical impact of these disorders on a patient’s daily function.

CE Credit:

15.0 hours of Continuing Education credit for Psychologists.

Full attendance at the seminar is required to receive CE credit. Partial credits cannot be awarded.


 Jim Hom, Ph.D.
 Janice Nici, Ph.D.

The faculty members are experienced neuropsychologists with extensive background in the Halstead-Reitan Neuropsychological Batteries. Both have been faculty members of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, and are founders of The Neuropsychology Center. The faculty members have provided graduate level and post-doctoral training in Clinical Neuropsychology.

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 Disclosure of financial interest:  The Neuropsychology Center receives income from the sale of the materials described in this seminar.