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

This topic aims to:

  • Increase students' knowledge of intelligence theory, and the range of psychological assessment batteries that can be used in clinical practice
  • Develop students' skills in the administration, scoring, interpretation and reporting of psychological assessments
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Administer, score, and interpret psychological assessments for children and adolescents
  2. Demonstrate associated psychological report writing