Advanced Psychological Assessment

PSY80075 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn

Duration

  • One semester / teaching period

Contact hours

  • 42 hours + Blended

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

Prerequisites

Admission to the one of the  Doctor of Psychology programs.

Corequisites

Nil

Aims and objectives

This unit of study introduces a number of specific assessment instruments and procedures commonly employed by practicing psychologists. The goal is to build on competencies required at APAC Level 2 (Honours or equivalent) and to focus on the practical application of specific tests and procedures. A basic knowledge of concepts of reliability and validity is assumed. In discussing tests and interview procedures, the role of assessment in psychological practice is considered along with the process of clinical decision making. The aim is to further develop students’ capacity to use tests judiciously and to build towards competency in the use of tests of psychological functioning (including learning, intelligence, emotion, cognition, memory and personality) as required by the Psychology Board of Australia for clinical psychology endorsement.
 
After successfully completing this unit, the student will be able to:

1. Administer psychometric tests and personality inventories and interpret the results of these measures in a clinically meaningful way
2. Identify limitations of psychological tests with particular reference to validity, reliability, and cultural considerations 
3. Conduct an assessment interview using a range of techniques including questionnaires, structured and semi-structured interviews, and unstructured interviews
4. Competently conduct a Mental State Examination, which will include the systematic observation of behaviour 
5. Write informed, succinct, and valid reports based on a psychological assessment