In this unit, there is a focus on the multi-dimensional assessment of severe psychological disorders and complex psychological presentations across the lifespan and contexts. Working from a scientist practitioner model, students will integrate behavioural, psychometric, and clinical interview data to formulate clinical case conceptualizations and develop empirically-based treatment plans. Students gain skills in assessing the interaction of individual and environmental factors to determine pre-morbid functioning, evaluate current functioning, and predict future functioning.
This unit builds on the learning acquired in Psychological Assessment (Year 1, Semester 1) and extends students' knowledge and skills to be effective in assessing issues of co-morbidity (Axis I & Axis II), dual diagnosis (psychiatric condition and substance misuse), and other biopsychosocial factors which influence psychological functioning and health. This unit also addresses the issues involved in providing psychological assessment for families, groups, and organisations and the subsequent recommendations for preventative and/or early intervention strategies as a result of psychological risks identified through these assessments.
Prescribed Text - HANDBOOK OF ASSESSMENT & TREATMENT PLANNING FOR PSYCHOLOGICAL DISORDERS
Prescribed Text - DSM 5 DIAGNOSTIC & STATISTICAL MANUAL OF MENTAL DISORDERS
Recommended Text - CONTEMPORARY INTELLECTUAL ASSESSMENT: THEORIES TESTS & ISSUES