Rudi Coetzer, Finland, Helsinki, November 2019

The 10th Anniversary of the Finnish Association for Neuropsychotherapy, Helsinki, Finland, November 2019

Rudi Coetzer’s two presentations at the 10th Anniversary of the Finnish Association for Neuropsychotherapy will draw upon some of the innovative clinical work delivered by the multi-disciplinary team in the unit where he is employed full-time as a clinician (the North Wales Brain Injury Service of Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board NHS Wales) as well as some of the research at the university (School of Psychology, Bangor University) where he is employed part-time as an academic. Below follows a brief overview of each presentation.

Presentation 1: Neuropsychological manifestations after brain injury

This presentation will cover some of the neuropsychological manifestations after brain injury of specific interest to practitioners working psychotherapeutically with patients who have sustained an acquired brain injury. The presentation will focus largely on psychological, rather than cognitive presentations secondary to brain injury. Clinical presentations such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD and psychosis after various types of neuropathology, will be explored during this presentation in a case-based approach.

The primary references for this presentation are listed below. Secondary references will be included in the overheads accompanying each presentation.

Coetzer, R (2017). The notebook of a new clinical neuropsychologist. Stories from another world. Routledge, UK.

Coetzer, R. (2010). Anxiety and mood disorders following traumatic brain injury: clinical assessment and psychotherapy. Karnac Books, London, UK.

Coetzer, R. (2014). Auditory hallucinations secondary to a right frontal meningioma. Journal of Neuropsychiatry & Clinical Neuroscience, 26 (3): E15.

Coetzer, R. (2011). Does memory impairment exclude a diagnosis of OCD after Traumatic Brain Injury? Journal of Neuropsychiatry & Clinical Neuroscience, 22 (3): E12.

Presentation 2: Psychotherapeutic approaches to rehabilitation after brain injury

The second talk will focus on neuropsychologiac approaches to rehabilitation after brain injury, with a specific focus on the psychotherapeutic treatment of patients who have sustained a brain injury. Some of the topics covered during this presentation

will include long-term psychotherapy, loss and grief after brain injury, emotion regulation, identity change, and post-injury growth. Finally, the presentation will also provide a brief historical overview of the development of the North Wales Brain Injury Service’s clinical programme.

The primary references for this presentation are listed below. Secondary references will be included in the overheads accompanying each presentation.

Rowlands, L., Coetzer, R., & Turnbull, O. (2019). Good things better? Reappraisal and discrete emotions in Acquired Brain Injury. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, [PNRH 1620788].

Coetzer, R., Yeates, G., Balchin, R., & Schmidt, K. (2018). I am who I am through who we are: The potential role of ubuntu in neurorehabilitation. Panamerican Journal of Neuropsychology, 12(2). https://doi.org/10.7714/CNPS/12.2.208

Coetzer, R., Roberts, C., Turnbull, O., & Vaughan, F. (2018). Neuropsychoanalytically informed psychotherapy approaches to rehabilitation: The North Wales Brain Injury Service – Bangor University experience 1998 – 2018. Neuropsychoanalysis. 20 (1): 3 – 13.

Coetzer, R (2017). The notebook of a new clinical neuropsychologist. Stories from another world. Routledge, UK.

Newby, G., Coetzer, R, Daisley, A. & Weatherhead, S. (Eds.) (2013). Practical neuropsychological rehabilitation in acquired brain injury. A guide for working clinicians. Karnac Books, London, UK.

Coetzer, R. (2010). Anxiety and mood disorders following traumatic brain injury: clinical assessment and psychotherapy. Karnac Books, London, UK.

Coetzer, R. (2008). Holistic neuro-rehabilitation in the community: Is identity a key issue? Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 18 (5 & 6): 766 – 783.