This paper covers those topics in psychometric theory and the assessment of adult clients with psychological disorders necessary to meet the competencies prescribed by the Psychologist's Registration Board of NZ. The paper is designed to develop knowledge and practical clinical skills in the individualised assessment, formulation and communication about clients with psychological disorders.
About this paper
|Assessment in Clinical Psychology Practice
|Semester 1 (On campus)
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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 PSYC 401-406, each of which is a 10-point single-semester paper. PSYC 402-406 are for clinical students only.
- More information link
- View more information on the Department of Psychology's website
- Teaching staff
Lecturer: Professor Martin Sellbom
- Paper Structure
- Topics covered include:
- Foundation issues in assessment, including an introduction to the history and ethics of testing
- A review of the foundation of psychometric theory and the interpretation of psychometric data
- Procedures for the assessment of adult clients with psychological disorders
- An introduction to the use of major personality inventories in psychological practice
- Training in interviewing in clinical practice
50% of the final grade is based on internal assessment, including essays, tests, project work and laboratory reports, as assigned by the instructor at the beginning of the paper.
Sellbom, M., & Suhr, J.A. (Eds.). The Cambridge Handbook of Clinical Assessment and Diagnosis. Cambridge University Press. (paperback version).
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Research.
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- Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will develop:
- A capacity and desire for lifelong learning and self-directed continuing education on psychological testing throughout a career in clinical psychology
- An understanding of the use of psychometric theory to evaluate psychological tests and interpret test scores
- A critical appreciation of the range of assessment procedures used in clinical psychology
- The knowledge and practical clinical skills in the individualised assessment, formulation and communication about adult clients with psychological disorders necessary for registration as a clinical psychologist