PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSESSMENT – Distance Learning Course

By: ACS Distance Education  27/08/2013
Keywords: Distance learning, correspondence courses, distance education

There are seven lessons in this module, as follows: 1. Introduction • What is psychological assessment • Types of psychological tests • Achievement tests • Aptitude tests • Intelligence tests • Occupational tests • Personality tests • History of psychological testing • Justification for using tests • Advantages and disadvantages of using psychometric testing • Ethnicity and different cultures • Psychological testing of language minority and culturally different children • Why your child should be tested • Why it is important for parents to know about testing • Validity and reliability • Construct, discriminant and convergent validity • Test retest reliability 2. Context of Clinical Assessment • Ethical practice • Confidentiality • Case study: confidentiality • Informed consent • Record keeping • Dual relationships • Professional boundaries • Selecting tests • Case study: ethics and lie detection • Computer assisted assessment • Virtual reality; new tool for psychological assessment • Personality traits and designing a questionnaire • Weaknesses • Ambiguity and bias • Closed and open questions 3. The Assessment Interview • The interview • Screening for psychological disorders • Structured and unstructured interviews • SCID • Assessing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) among veterans • Screening and referral procedure overview • If patient refuses referral to mental health care • Use of a primary care screen • Discussing screening results with patients • Discern if traumatic events are ongoing • Making a recommendation • Scheduling a follow up • Psychometric properties of SCID 4. Behavioural Assessment • Behaviourism • Kinds of consequences • Reinforcers • Intrinsic and extrinsic reinforcers • Consequences and timing • The Premack principle • Extinction • Criticisms of behaviourism • Methods of behavioural assessment • The focus of assessment • Functional analysis • Analysis of problem behaviour • Motivational analysis • Behavioural vs traditional assessment 5. Wehsler Intelligence Scales • Introduction • Measuring intelligence • Cognitive, cognitive contextual and biological theories • Psychometric theories • Wechsler Intelligence scales • Normal results • Sub tests, verbal subtests, performance subtests • Cultural bias • Precautions with intelligence testing • The intelligence test as a tool 6. Wechsler Memory scales • Memory • Wechsler Memory test • Wechsler Memory Scale III 7. Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory • Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI) Assessment Problems • False negatives; false positives Find out more at http://www.acsedu.co.uk/Courses/Psychology/PSYCHOLOGICAL-ASSESSMENT-BPS308-521.aspx Or email us at [email protected] for more information

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