In the National Center for Functional Re-education and Rehabilitation, psychologists are also specialists of neuro-psychology and are complementary.
Psychologists listen to patients being treated in the Center: the patients are affected by emotions that participate (and sometimes add) to the disturbances caused by the accident or the illness.
Neuro-psychologists refer to their knowledge concerning how the human brain works to evaluate its dysfunctions. They try to understand its dynamics and to determine the disturbing factors.
Psychologists and/or neuro-psychologists of the NCFRR can face numerous different cases from those leading to cerebral pathologies to chronic pain. Hence, they must:

  • inquire and understand the precise source of affection through interviews with the patient and neuro-psychological evaluations,
  • help the patients understand what is happening to them: interviews and follow-up during the entire treatment are necessary to make the patients realize what is going on as often as possible.

This realization, matched with a strong desire of action, is a necessary condition to create re-education and rehabilitation protocols with the patients using diverse strategies and objectives:

  • recovery – reorganization – facilitation of damaged function(s),
  • set up of re-education / rehabilitation palliative strategies, with the entire medical participants, favoring the modification of the environment (even the human one when it is possible) and the use of external help,
  • mourning and acceptation from the patients (and/or their relatives) with the assistance of psychotherapies based on tutoring and listening.

The psychologists and neuro-psychologists' work is a part of a complementary cooperation between all members of the medical re-education staff, in- and outside the Center. They tutor and inform staff members who have questions regarding the practices and they also perform clinical, more theoretical researches.
They can also be solicited to:

  • perform memory assessments, for example
  • perform attention and visual functions assessments to allow the patients to drive again
  • help with diagnostics, especially differential diagnostics for patients with possible dementia,
  • supervise pain medication,
  • perform professional evaluations and reorientations,
  • help patients to relax.