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Small-Group Advanced Seminar in

Interpretation of the HRB

 

 

Neuropsychological Patterns in Neurological Disorders – Part I

 

TBA

 


 

This small-group advanced seminar, the first of a two-part series, will examine neuropsychological patterns of test results (using the Halstead-Reitan Neuropsychological Test Battery) seen in various neurological disorders and conditions. Conditions to be illustrated through case examples will include head injury, stroke, cerebral tumors, and Alzheimer's disease.  Each case will be explored systematically through a process of test interpretation, integration of clinical history and neurological findings, differential diagnosis, and determination of educational, treatment or rehabilitation needs.

All attendees must have previously completed a workshop from The Neuropsychology Center  or Reitan Neuropsychology Labs.  By limiting enrollment to participants with this level of experience, we expect to be able to offer intensive, advanced training with direct interaction between the instructors and participants.

ACTIVE participation is expected of all attendees!

 


Learning Objectives:

Participants in this seminar will be able to describe the Halstead-Reitan approach to neuropsychological evaluation.  They will be able to summarize the results from the seminal Reitan (1964) study which showed the successful classification of patients into the correct neurological categories using blind interpretation of HRB data only.  Similarly, they will be able to summarize the results from the followup computerized decision-tree study of Finkelstein (1976) which again showed successful classification of patients (and controls) into their correct neurological category using HRB data.  They will be able to demonstrate the correct organization of test data into a “data plot” to aid in clinical interpretation and differential diagnosis.  They will be able to use HRB test data to compute a clinical summary score (the Neuropsychological Deficit Scale).

Participants will be able to summarize the six cognitive domains of the DSM5 Neurocognitive Disorders (NCD) classification as well as the differences between Major and Mild NCD.  For each of the neurological conditions covered in this seminar, participants will be able to summarize the current information on incidence, definition, etiology, course, clinical symptoms, as well as an overview of treatment methodologies.  For each neurological condition, they will be able to describe the major sub-categories within each condition (e.g., for cerebral tumors:  intrinsic vs. extrinsic tumors).  Where applicable, they will be able to compare and contrast the major neurological diagnostic systems (e.g., for Alzheimer’s disease, the NINCDS-ADRDA criteria [1984], the NIA-AA guidelines [2011], and the DSM5 criteria).

Using case materials provided, the participants will be able to construct a plot of the neuropsychological data, determine whether the test results are indicative of brain-related impairment or not, and, if so, to decide whether the impairment is acute or chronic, at what level of severity, and attributable to what likely underlying neurological condition.   They will be able to explain how HRB test results can be integrated in order to provide a differential diagnosis of the patient’s neurological condition.  In particular, they will recognize the pattern of HRB test results that are typically associated with the neurological conditions covered in this seminar:  stroke, cerebral tumors, traumatic brain injury, and Alzheimer’s disease.  They will be able to discuss the neurobehavioral consequences of various patterns of test results on the patient’s daily and occupational 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.

 


Faculty:

 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.

 


Schedule:

Day 1:

8:45 - 9:00

Registration, Introductions, Seminar format and schedule

9:00 - 12

Seminar content

12 - 1:30

Lunch (on your own)

1:30 - 4:30

Seminar content

Day 2:

9:00 - 12

Seminar content

12 - 1:30

Lunch (on your own)

1:30 - 4:30

Seminar content

Day 3:

9:00 - 12

Seminar content

12 - 12:15

Final comments/questions, Course evaluation

 

  


 

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