Advanced Psychological Assessment

PSY60002 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn

Duration

  • One semester / teaching period

Contact hours

  • 36 hours

Prerequisites

Admission to the Graduate Diploma of Science (Clinical Psychology), Master of Psychology (Clinical Psychology), Master of Psychology (Counselling Psychology) or Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology) programs.

Corequisites

Nil

Aims and objectives

This unit introduces a number of specific assessment instruments and procedures commonly employed by psychologists. The goal is to build on the theoretical material covered at fourth year level and to focus on the practical application of specific tests and procedures. In discussing tests and interview procedures the role of assessment in psychological practice is considered along with the utility of diagnostic systems such as DSM-IV and ICD-10, and the process of diagnostic decision making. The aim is to further develop students’ capacity to use tests judiciously and the tests selected fit with the competencies required for the Psychology Board of Australia.
 
After successfully completing this unit, you should have achieved a level of competence so that you will have:
1. An awareness of limitations of psychological tests with particular reference to notions of validity, reliability, and cultural issues;
2. A proficiency in interviewing (structured and unstructured interviews,
3. Ability to conduct selection interviews, survey interviewing, history taking, clinical interviewing for diagnostic purposes and group-based interviewing);
4. Competence in systematic observation of behaviour involving both naturalistic and clinical observation and in using predetermined procedures for observing the behaviour of one or more persons;
5. An understanding of assessment and diagnostic processes (selecting the appropriate assessment tool(s), administering the assessment tool(s), interpreting the assessment results
6. The ability to competently undertake a mental status examination; and writing informed, succinct, valid and well organised reports.