Many colleges, universities, schools, colleges and other post-secondary institutions offer programs in neuropsychological counseling. While there are some basic courses which can be completed at a general psychology or sociology degree level, a Neuropsychology degree focuses on the psychological conditions of people with developmental disabilities such as autism and developmental disorders such as Aspergers. There are no specific neuropsychology degrees in this field, however, students must first complete general psychology courses at a high school or community college. Other courses required including genetics, neuroscience, statistics and biology.
Some neuropsychological degree programs will require students to complete a master's degree before they can take any clinical or internship programs. Students who have already completed these courses are usually allowed to enroll in the neurotherapy program in any institution that offers Neuropsychological Counseling. Most colleges, universities, schools, colleges and other post-secondary institutions will allow students to apply to participate in neurotherapy programs. However, it is essential to be aware of the requirements for placement in these programs and the number of hours needed in order to be accepted.
In most cases a neurotherapy program requires one or two years of clinical training. There are generally a minimum of one hundred hours of training and at least fifty hours of supervised clinical work. It is not required to complete any additional training beyond these clinical hours, although it may be beneficial.
Courses in clinical training are normally offered in a variety of formats including lectures, laboratory activities, clinical discussions and group and individual work. Students will typically complete their clinical training during the first year of their program, though many schools will also require students to take a clinical internship during their sophomore year or junior year. This internship is typically done through an existing private practice, school or community organization.
During their neurotherapy program, students will undergo a series of sessions with a licensed neurotherapist to help them better understand and interact with their clients. These sessions are often conducted in groups where a variety of neurotherapy techniques and tools will be taught to students in an attempt to teach and demonstrate how to a client to use these techniques in therapy. The goal of these sessions is to develop effective communication with your client and to create a mutual loving and positive relationship with him or her.
Students who participate in the neurotherapy internship will be responsible for participating in these sessions as well as assisting the neurotherapist in practice, coaching, planning and implementation of their lessons. It is important to note, however, that the neurotherapist should be permitted to be present during the entire process. Even in a neurotherapy internship, students will learn how to effectively assess and interpret the symptoms of a client to determine the best course of action in the therapy process.