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PSYC402 Assessment in Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology

Review of approaches for measuring the cognitive, behavioural, and social-emotional functioning of children.

Paper title Assessment in Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology
Paper code PSYC402
Subject Psychology
EFTS 0.0833
Points 10 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $704.22
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Students must also have been provisionally admitted to the PGDipClPs programme.

Students who have been provisionally admitted to the Clinical Psychology Training Programme are required to take PSYC401-406, each of which is a 10-point single-semester paper. PSYC402-406 are for clinical students only.


Teaching staff

Dr Elizabeth Schaughency

Associate Professor Dione Healey

Paper Structure

This paper will survey techniques available for the assessment of children, focusing on practical and theoretical issues pertaining to the evaluation of cognitive, academic behavioural and social emotional functioning. The format of the paper will include lectures, presentations and class discussions. Topics typically covered in this paper include:

  • Introduction to ethical and professional issues in assessment with children.
  • Measurement issues, the assessment process, feedback and report writing.
  • Interviews, rating scales/self-report instruments.
  • Cognitive and academic assessment.
  • Behavioural observations.
  • Functional assessment of behaviour.
  • Social contexts and assessment in child and adolescent clinical psychology.

Internal Assessment: 60% of the final grade is based on internal assessment, including class presentations and written assignments covering evidence-based assessment with children and young people and practice administration, scoring and interpretation of psychological assessment information and report writing.


Assigned readings are made available via eReserve.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Research.
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Learning Outcomes

Successful completion of this paper will

  • Introduce students to professional issues relevant to the assessment of children (e.g. legal, ethical, competence)
  • Assist students in the development of test administration and interpretation skills.
  • Assist students in the development of report writing skills.
  • Introduce students to a range of assessment methods and measures for use with children, their families and social contexts, including familiarising them with procedures for their use in the Clinical Psychology Centre.
  • Develop awareness of issues relevant to planning appropriate assessments with children, including;
    • Developmental appropriateness of measures.
    • Measurement issues in the selection of assessment instruments.
    • Clinical utility, social validity and efficiency issues.

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 09:00-11:50 9-14, 16, 18-22