BS in Neuropsychological Rehabilitation – Four Year Degree Program.
The aim of neuropsychological rehabilitation is to enable people with cognitive, emotional, or behavioral deficits to achieve their maximum potential in the domains of psychological, social, leisure, vocational or everyday functioning. Describing the holistic program devised and adopted at the Pakistan Institute of Rehabilitation Sciences (PIRS), it embracing a broad theoretical base, incorporating a variety of frameworks, theories and models, proposing an integrated approach to brain injury rehabilitation by an interdisciplinary team.
Over the past 25 years or so there have been a number of major changes in neuropsychological rehabilitation.
- First it is now much more of a partnership than it was in the 1970s and 80s. Then doctors, therapists and psychologists decided what patients should and could hope to achieve from rehabilitation programmes. Now we discuss with families and patients what they hope to get from rehabilitation and we try to accommodate to this at least in part.
- Second, rehabilitation has moved well beyond the drills and exercise approach. We no longer find it acceptable to sit people in front of a computer or workbook in the belief that such exercises will result in improved cognitive and, more importantly, social functioning.
- Third, rehabilitation staff now follows a goal setting approach when planning rehabilitation programmes.
- Fourth, there is increasing recognition that the cognitive, emotional, social and behavioral consequences of brain injury are interlinked and all should be addressed in the rehabilitation process.
- Fifth, technology is playing a larger part than ever before in helping people with cognitive deficits compensate for their problems.
- Sixth, it is now more widely accepted that no one model, theory or framework is sufficient to deal with the many and complex difficulties faced by people with neuropsychological impairments following an injury or insult to the brain.
Can there be a more fascinating subject of study than the human mind and human behavior? Certainly, there is no more complex a subject known to science, and no field of study that offers more in the way of challenges and potential rewards.
If we knew enough about the way human work we would be able to prevent the occurrence of problems such as mental illness, anxiety or drug addiction. we could use this understanding to ensure that children were brought up in conditions which would fully develop their potential for intellectual, emotional and artistic achievement, or that we could improve our understanding of brain injuries or developmental disorders using the latest advances in imaging techniques such as MRI scanners. The study of psychology is vital if progress is to be made on any of these fronts.
Cognitive neuropsychology is a subfield of cognitive psychology, distinguished by the feature that it studies people with disorders of perception, attention, learning, memory, processing of spoken and written language, thinking, reasoning or belief formation, with the aim of learning more about the normal functional architectures of the cognitive processing systems used to carry out these activities.
Hence, although it is typical for cognitive neuropsychologists to be studying people who have brain damage, these scientists are not studying the brain mechanisms associated with cognitive processes; such study is a different discipline, cognitive neuroscience. Cognitive neuropsychologists are studying the mind rather than the brain, (Which is why one says that cognitive neuropsychology is a subfield of cognitive psychology, just as cognitive neuroscience – which does study the brain – is a subfield of neuroscience).
As a student at Pakistan Institute of Rehabilitation Sciences (PIRS), Islamabad you can begin to achieve a scientific understanding of the basic processes of how people learn, think, feel, and adjust to their social conditions.
Our courses cover both normal and abnormal behavior (e.g. mental illness and learning difficulties) across the life span from infancy to old age, and they deal with the many factors, biological and cultural, which affect human psychology.
The skills and insights you will gain while at the PIRS will be useful in many areas of personal and social life as well as in your career. Personal relationships, communication, and child development are just a few of the psychological topics that are of obvious importance in all our lives.
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