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PSYC6083: Assessment Across the Lifespan

In this unit students will develop expert understanding of theories and acquire advanced clinical skills that are important for psychological assessment of children and adults. The unit is based on the scientist-practitioner model which highlights the importance of critical thinking and utilisation of up to date research in selection of instruments and techniques to be used in assessments. The unit will promote a clinical approach that integrates clinical history, presentation and results obtained from psychometric testing (when appropriate) to form an opinion. Assessment and management of suicide risk will also be covered. It will develop a conceptual framework for understanding core psychological and developmental disorders, and assessment of these disorders. The unit will focus on assessment of behaviour, affect and cognition across the lifespan. Students will be taught how to undertake psychological assessments and how to communicate these complex findings to a range of audiences.

Code PSYC6083
Academic unit Psychology Academic Operations
Credit points 6

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. demonstrate advanced knowledge of current diagnostic features and developmental progression of major neurodevelopmental disorders
  • LO2. demonstrate advanced knowledge of biological, psychological and social factors underpinning neurodevelopmental disorders and impacting the outcomes
  • LO3. utilise this advanced knowledge in case analyses and formulation of hypotheses prior to assessment
  • LO4. structure clinical interviews that will test clinical hypotheses generated from background case information
  • LO5. select assessment tools that are suitable for testing clinical hypotheses and have adequate psychometric properties
  • LO6. administer psychometric instruments
  • LO7. interpret scores obtained on psychometric instruments
  • LO8. integrate background, interview and psychometric data with the knowledge of neurodevelopmental disorders to arrive at case interpretation, diagnosis and oral and written recommendations.