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PSY624A Testing and Assessment

Lead Faculty: Dr. Valerie L. Alexander

Course Description

Acquaints students with the various information-gathering techniques used in clinical practice for the purposes of diagnosis and treatment planning. Emphasizes building conceptual and practical bridges between initial presenting symptoms, diagnosis and treatment planning.

Learning Outcomes

  • Conduct a clinical interview and a mental status examination/mini mental status examination.
  • Evaluate assessment instruments used in psychological reports.
  • Analyze the intended uses and limitations of assessment instruments.
  • Evaluate the common assessment instruments used by counselors in the field and the value of instrument interpretation reports.
  • Administer a psychological assessment, including the interpretation of test results and the connection between results and the client's treatment plan.
  • Evaluate the connection between therapeutic style/theoretical orientation and the use of testing instruments.
  • Develop treatment plans that integrate test results.