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In this course, you will extend your theoretical knowledge and skills in psychological assessments.
The course has a strong applied emphasis and you will learn how to select, administer and interpret the results of major standardised tests. You will also acquire advanced skills in interviewing, assessment of risk and the use of taxonomies.
You will learn how to communicate assessment findings, synthesise information from multiple sources and develop formulations that are culturally, socially and developmentally appropriate and which inform intervention planning.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Demonstrate a critical understanding of theory, research and ethical practice in psychological assessment and testing.
- Reflect critically on psychological assessment, including cultural, social and developmental considerations.
- Select, administer, score and interpret major standardised tests and assessment techniques commonly used in professional psychology.
- Communicate findings appropriately in oral and written formats suitable for professional and service user audiences.
This course is assessed on a Course Requirement Satisfied (CRS) or Fail basis. Students must satisfactorily complete all assessment tasks in order to pass the course.
- Written report (hurdle) (30) [LO 2,3,4]
- Reflective tasks (hurdle) (20) [LO 1,2]
- Simulated psychological evaluations (hurdle) (50) [LO 3]
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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:
- Face-to face component which may consist of 3 hours of face-to-face activities including lectures and/or workshops per week.
- Approximately 94 hours of self-study which will include preparation for lectures, presentations and other assessment tasks.
In this course, students must participate in role-plays that simulate interactions between a psychologist and client as well as other in class activities such as analysis of case studies, discussion of relevant research and presenting their ideas to peers. These activities support the development and assessment of core professional competencies. Developing these competencies requires students to be able to:
- Communicate effectively in English, including understanding and conveying nuance and adapting their communication style to suit the preferences and needs of others.
- Use cues other than the literal meaning of spoken words to interpret the thoughts, emotions and motivations of others.
- Reflect on how their verbal and non-verbal communication is interpreted by others and use these insights to develop positive professional relationships.
- Monitor, reflect on and take responsibility for their own mental wellbeing, assumptions, beliefs and reactions to ensure they have the capacity to provide effective psychology services to clients.
- Work professionally with staff and fellow students and learn effectively from supervisor feedback.
In addition, students must:
- Hold provisional registration with the Psychology Board of Australia, including meeting standards for criminal history and English language skills.
Students who cannot meet these requirements will not be able to pass the course and will therefore be unable to complete their degree.
Requisite and Incompatibility
You will need to contact the Research School of Psychology to request a permission code to enrol in this course.
basic knowledge and skills in psychological assessment acquired in the 1st year of this program or its equivalent at another institution.
Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.
Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
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- Student Contribution Band:
- Unit value:
- 6 units
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