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PSYC404 Assessment in Clinical Psychology Practice

Topics in psychometric theory and the assessment of clients with psychological disorders.

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.

Paper title Assessment in Clinical Psychology Practice
Paper code PSYC404
Subject Psychology
EFTS 0.0833
Points 10 points
Teaching period Second 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

msellbom@psy.otago.ac.nz

Teaching staff
Lecturers: Professor Martin Sellbom, Dr Dione Healey
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
Internal Assessment:
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.
Textbooks
Ben-Porath, Y. (2012). Interpreting the MMPI-2-RF. University of Minnesota Press.

Sommers-Flanagan, J., & Sommers-Flanagan, R. (2013). Clinical interviewing (5th ed.). Wiley.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Research.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
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

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Timetable

Second 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 28-34, 36-41

Topics in psychometric theory and the assessment of clients with psychological disorders.

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.

Paper title Assessment in Clinical Psychology Practice
Paper code PSYC404
Subject Psychology
EFTS 0.0833
Points 10 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2020 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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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

msellbom@psy.otago.ac.nz

Teaching staff
Lecturers: Professor Martin Sellbom, Dr Dione Healey
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
Internal Assessment:
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.
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
Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Research.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
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

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Timetable

Second 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 28-34, 36-41