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Neuropsychological Rationale and Tools for Intervention in Paediatric/Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Event number: 18831
2 CPD hours
Presenter(s): Dr. John Dileo & Dr. Frank Muscara

Neuropsychological training incorporates valuable clinical tools, particularly with respect to engaging those clients who by virtue of executive function compromise respond best to structure. Moreover, neuropsychologists are best placed to evaluate the impact of emotional distress on cognitive function, where often, secondary anxiety is ameliorated significantly for clients when this process is explained in feedback. For this education night, the CCN Vic Section continues to promote the theme of encouraging neuropsychologists to harness and expand their existing skill sets and specialist knowledge into domains in which we traditionally have been less confident.

Dr.'s John Dileo and Frank Muscara will discuss how neuropsychological expertise (for example in the areas of executive dysfunction, the HPA axis, emotional dysregulation, brain injury mechanisms and outcomes) can inform clinical formulations, such as those within a trauma context for example. How we can best implement therapeutic neurorehabilitation in various clinical groups will also be discussed, referring to mindfulness and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Finally, these presentations will provide some practical steps to broaden our clinical expertise and areas of competence generally.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this presentation, attendees will have:

  • To gain an understanding of how neuropsychologists can expand their skill set in order to work with different psychiatric populations 
  • To understand how mindfulness and aspects of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy can be used to broaden the application of our clinical expertise in neurorehabilitation.·         
  • To develop an understanding of how developmental trauma impacts executive functioning and emotion regulation in children.
  •  To gain knowledge of how evidence based systemic and individual treatments can be applied to address executive dysfunction and emotion dysregulation in children following developmental trauma.

About the presenter(s)

Dr. John Dileo is a Clinical Psychologist with interests in developmental trauma and aggression, and working with young people and their families. John has worked as a researcher and clinician at the Royal Children's Hospital and ORYGEN Youth Health since 2005. His PhD investigating the neurodevelopmental mediators of aggression in maltreated children informs a contemporary understanding of trauma and aggression, and his current and ongoing clinical work grounds this understanding in a practical and meaningful way. John has delivered professional training in Australia and New Zealand, where his trauma informed framework has contributed to improved clinical practice and reduced aggression in school, out of home care and mental health settings. John is in private practice and continues as an Honorary Research Associate of the Murdoch Children's Research Institute.

Dr. Frank Muscara is a clinical neuropsychologist at the Royal Children's Hospital, a senior researcher at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, and also works in private practice. His research interests include long-term social and functional outcomes following acquired brain injury in childhood, and in the assessment and measurement of social functioning in children and adolescents. Frank's recent work has investigated long-term psychosocial outcomes in parents following a life threatening illness or injury in their child, and the development and evaluation of an intervention for parents with children hospitalised due to a life threatening illness or injury.

Online registration


St. Vincent's Hospital, Michael Chamberlain Theatre (Building E, Aikenhead Wing)
41 Victoria Parade
Fitzroy, VIC 3065
Venue is wheelchair accessible
Start date: 25/7/2017
End date: 25/7/2017
Time: 6.15pm - 8.30pm


Register before 18 July 2017 and save $10 on below pricing

CCN member $20
CCN student member $10
APS member: $40
APS student member: $30
Non APS member: $60

Registration closes 23 July 2017, Non APS students please contact the organiser for Promo code


APS - College of Clinical Neuropsychologists - VIC
Contact Madeleine Connellan
0400 368 671