Advanced Psychological Assessment

PSY80075 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn


  • One semester / teaching period

Contact hours

  • 36 hours per teaching period plus two 3 hours workshops

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.

2023 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 1

27 Feb 23 - 28 May 23

4 Jul 23

Last self enrolment:
12 Mar 23

31 Mar 23

Last withdraw without fail:
14 Apr 23


Admission to the one of the  Doctor of Psychology programs.



Aims and objectives

This course 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.