Online Courses

 2019 MINI COURSE

  • Oxygen and the Brain (Rerun of 2017 Mini Course)
  • Gait Disorders for Neuropsychologists (Rerun of 2018 Mini Course)
  • The Pre-Frontal Cortex (*NEW* Mini Course)

Please note:

There is no charge for participation in these three Mini Courses, but they are for subscribers of NeuropsychologySA only. 

Participants who have done the “Oxygen and the Brain” and/or the “Gait Disorders for Neuropsychologists” Mini Courses before, may not repeat them.  The courses are being repeated to give those who did not do them before, a chance to do them now.

80% is required to pass each course.  Certificates for 3 CPD points will be sent to participants that successfully complete each course before the end of November 2019.

OXYGEN AND THE BRAIN                  

3 GENERAL CEU’S APPROVED

Psychologists are often not mindful of the possibility of a lack of oxygen in a patient’s history being a possible contributing factor to cognitive difficulties.  Near-drowning accidents, failed suicide attempts and motor vehicle accidents in which patients sustained chest injuries are only some of the conditions that could have led to the brain being deprived of the necessary oxygen supply. 

This mini course addresses the effects of oxygen deprivation on brain functioning and conditions that psychologists need to be aware of that can lead to oxygen deprivation in the brain.

Participants in this mini course will be required to visit specific websites and watch certain YouTube videos, and then to complete an online multiple choice questionnaire.  80% correct is required to pass.

 TOPICS TO BE COVERED:

  • The respiratory pathway
  • How the brain uses oxygen
  • Conditions that can lead to oxygen deprivation
  • How oxygen levels are measured in the blood
  • What is considered “normal” for oxygen levels

 This Mini Course is suitable for all psychologists working in the field of neuropsychology, and in particular those working in the field of motor vehicle accidents.

GAIT DISORDERS FOR NEUROPSYCHOLOGISTS               

3 GENERAL CEU’S APPROVED

Several neurological disorders affect the way that people walk (their gait). The ability to recognise an abnormal gait is an important observational skill that psychologists working in the field of neuropsychology should master.  Recognising gait disorders will help psychologists form a hypothesis that can guide history taking and choice of neuropsychological tests and can help with reaching a diagnosis.

Participants in this mini course will be required to watch certain YouTube videos, and then to complete an online multiple choice questionnaire.  80% correct is required to pass.

TOPICS TO BE COVERED:

  • Diplegic gait/Cerebral Palsy Gait
  • Hemiplegic gait
  • Neuropathic gait
  • Myopathic gait
  • Parkinsonian Gait
  • Choreiform gait
  • Ataxic gait

This Mini Course is suitable for all psychologists practicing in the field of neuropsychology, particularly those specialising in developmental disorders, dementias and other neurological disorders.

THE PRE-FRONTAL CORTEX              

3 GENERAL CEU’S APPROVED

 The frontal lobes and even more, the pre-frontal areas of the frontal lobes, are crucial for psychologists to have an understanding of.  For psychologists working with children, it is important to understand the functions of the frontal lobe because it is the last part of the brain to develop.  For psychologists working with motor vehicle accident victims, this knowledge is imperative because the pre-frontal lobes are particularly prone to damage when people are travelling in a motor vehicle that is involved in an accident.  Finally, for all psychologists who need to understand behaviour for the sake of helping patients therapeutically, understanding the functions of the pre-frontal cortex will cast light on behaviours such as impulsivity, disinhibition, socially inappropriate behaviour, self-awareness and avolition. 

Participants in this mini course will need to refer a specified section of the book by Lezak, called “Neuropsychological Assessment”.  80% correct is required to pass.

 TOPICS TO BE COVERED:

  • Anatomical areas of the frontal cortex
  • Anatomical areas of the pre-frontal cortex
  • Functions associated with the areas of the pre-frontal cortex
  • The neuropsychological assessment of pre-frontal functioning

How to register:

To register for one or more of these Mini Courses, please fill in the registration form and e-mail it to info@neuropsychologysa.co.za.  You will then receive a link to the online questionnaire that needs to be submitted before 25 November 2019.

The NeuropsychologySA 2019 Mini Courses are available to all psychologists who are paying subscribers of NeuropsychologySA.  If you are not yet a subscriber but would like to become one, please e-mail Tanya for a subscription application form (info@neuropsychologysa.co.za) or download it from HERE.

Please note that the “Oxygen and Brain” and “Gait Abnormalities” Mini Courses are re-runs of previous courses and are only for those who have not done them before.  The “Pre-Frontal” Mini Course is new.