XV ECP: 11-14-07-2017, Amsterdam

XV European Congress of Psychology - 11-14 July, 2017, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Symposium to present the results of the european survey about neuropsychology. 


Results in short:

- The responses to the survey came from 31 European countries (76%). The results show a great variablity in legislation, regulation and training models for clinical neuropsychologists across countries. The minimum level for practicing clinical psychology and neuropsychology is master's level for more than half of the participants, but the duration of traning varies from 3 to 10 years. 38% of countries have a specific training program for neuropsychologists, while 31% do not have a validated model. The training of neuropsychologists often depends on universities (58%), a ministry (69%) or a society (27%). Specialized training in neuropsychology lasts from 1 to 60 months depending on the country. Practical training in neuropsychology exists in 73% of countries, lasting from 18 hours to 5 years. It usually takes the form of a specialization during or after the master's or a doctorate. 83% of countries have a protected title for psychologists, but only 17% for neuropsychologists. Only 3 countries have both title, training and practice supervision (Austria, Portugal and The Netherlands). 

- Asked about their interest in creating a EuroPsy specialist certification in neuropsychology, 57% of participants were in favor, 3% were against and 40% did not know (no consensus on the issue). The advantages of this type of certification would be greater European collaboration, more student exchanges and above all having common standards to guarantee an equivalent service for patients regardless of the country, with standards for obtaining the title of neuropsychologist / practice clinical neuropsychology. One drawback is that this type of certification would be limited by the legal status in each of the countries. 

- In 35% of countries, the clinical neuropsychologist is subordinate to the doctors, while in 65% of cases he/she is not. 52% of the participants indicated that the neuropsychologists in their countries had an activity predominantly diagnostic, 48% that is was diagnostic and rehabilitation in equivalent proportion. No country reported activity mainly geared towards rehabilitation. Questions about the place of clinical neuropsychologists in the health system showed significant variability, from very integrated to not recognized, from a monopoly of activity (neuropsychology practiced only by neuropsychologists) to significant competition (neuropsychology practiced by many professions, especially paramedical), and self-employment to subordinate. 

- The participants in the survey appeared in favor of establishing guidelines for practice and training in neuropsychology in order to reduce the heterogeneity of practice, increase the levels of common skills and the quality of patient care, and to better define the status of neuropsychology in the field of health.