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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 First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $653.49
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,757.23

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

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.

Contact
schaughe@psy.otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Dr Elizabeth Schaughency
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
  • Assessing social contexts: family relationships
  • Assessing social contexts: peer relationships
Internal Assessment: 50% 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.
Textbooks
Weekly readings will be assigned from primary research material and selected book chapters.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Research.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
The objectives for this paper are
  • To introduce students to professional issues relevant to the assessment of children (e.g. legal, ethical, competence)
  • To assist students in the development of test administration and interpretation skills
  • To assist students in the development of report writing skills
  • To 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
  • To 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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Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

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

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 First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $666.57
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,895.09

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

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.

Contact
schaughe@psy.otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Dr Elizabeth Schaughency
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
  • Assessing social contexts: family relationships
  • Assessing social contexts: peer relationships
Internal Assessment: 50% 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.
Textbooks

McCord, D.M. (2018). Assessment Using the MMPI–2–RF. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. ISBN: 978-1-4338-2807-2
Sommers-Flanagan, J., & Sommers-Flanagan, R. (2016). Clinical interviewing (6th ed.). Wiley. ISBN: 978-1-119-21558-5

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Research.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
The objectives for this paper are
  • To introduce students to professional issues relevant to the assessment of children (e.g. legal, ethical, competence)
  • To assist students in the development of test administration and interpretation skills
  • To assist students in the development of report writing skills
  • To 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
  • To 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

^ Top of page

Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Tuesday 09:00-11:50 9-15, 17-22