1 x 3-hour seminar weekly
1 x 1-hour independent study weekly
1 Admission into MPSC-Master of Psychology (Clinical)
1a Admission into PHDCP-Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology)
Must Satisfy: ((1 or 1a))
Enrolment not permitted
1 of PSYC9053, PSYC9053B has been successfully completed
Course context
Students are required to successfully complete this topic prior to commencing a child placement that involves psychological assessments.
Topic description
This topic will cover the role of the psychologist in assessing and treating children from 0-18 years, in clinical psychology settings. An understanding of normal child development is expected as a prerequisite. The focus of this topic is upon assessment of the problems of children and families and the formulation of data-driven hypotheses which lay the foundations for intervention. The main theoretical framework of relevance will be the Cattell-Horn-Carroll theory of intelligence. An introduction is provided to various assessment tools (WISC, WJ, WIAT, CBCL), clinical interviewing of children and families, and evidence-based treatments for common psychological disorders.
Educational aims
The aims of the topic are to increase students' knowledge of intelligence theory, and the range of psychological assessment batteries that can be used in clinical practice, as well as to develop students' skills in the administration, scoring, interpretation and reporting of psychological assessments.
Expected learning outcomes
On successful completion of this topic, students will be competent in:
  • the administration, scoring, and interpretation of psychological assessments for children and adolescents, and
  • associated psychological report writing.