Explore the use of psychological testing – a tool that provides valuable information about perceptions, thoughts, feelings, and cognitive functioning such as learning and memory. This course is ideal for those who work in psychology, counselling, research, education, human resources or management.
The Certificate of Psychological Assessmentis an online program that will provide insight into what can be tested, appropriate use of psychological tests, and how these types of tests are constructed.
In this professional development course, you will learn to determine when to use certain types of psychological assessments, their pros and cons, and test reliability and validity.
You will also learn about ethical factors that constrain clinical assessment, how behavioural assessment can be conducted, and understand the difference between a structured and unstructured interview in psychological assessments.
On completion of this course, you will have a foundation knowledge of how and why psychological assessment is performed. However, further training will be required to conduct individual psychological tests.
Unit - Psychological Assessment
Unit 1 – Introduction
What is psychological assessment
Types of psychological 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
Unit 2 – Context of clinical assessment
Case study: confidentiality
Case study: ethics and lie detection
Computer assisted assessment
Virtual reality; new tool for psychological assessment
Personality traits and designing a questionnaire
Ambiguity and bias
Closed and open questions
Unit 3 – The assessment interview
Screening for psychological disorders
Structured and unstructured interviews
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
Unit 4 – Behavioural assessment
Kinds of consequences
Intrinsic and extrinsic reinforcers
Consequences and timing
The premack principle
Criticisms of behaviourism
Methods of behavioural assessment
The focus of assessment
Analysis of problem behaviour
Behavioural vs traditional assessment
Unit 5 – Wechsler intelligence scales
Cognitive, cognitive contextual and biological theories
Wechsler Intelligence scales
Sub tests, verbal subtests, performance subtests
Precautions with intelligence testing
The intelligence test as a tool
Unit 6 – Wechsler Memory scales
Wechsler Memory test
Wechsler Memory Scale III
Unit 7 – Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory
Assessment will be comprised of written exercises, including short-answer questions, reflective tasks, short reports and/or projects. There are no examinations or due dates for assessment. As a result, you can complete training in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
Why Choose Australian Online Courses?
Professional development that is widely recognised and respected;
Improve your employment opportunities;
Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
High-quality professional development programs written by industry experts;
All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
Unlimited tutor support via email;
We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply);
Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.
Are there any entry requirements or pre-requisites?
There are no entry requirements or pre-requisites for entry into this program.
How long will it take to complete this course?
The approximate study hours for this course is 50 hours. We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply).
Can I purchase optional printed materials?
While printed materials are not available for purchase, PDF copies are available for download and self-printing for this program.
When can I start this course?
You can start within 60 minutes during business hours when you enrol and pay in full with a credit card!
Credit card: Within 60 mins during business hours.
BPAY: Within 1-2 working days.
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Cheque/Money Order: Upon receipt of mailed cheque.
Will I receive a certificate upon completion of this course?
Yes! You will receive a Certificate of Attainment upon successful completion of your assessment.
Do I need to attend classes or undertake any work placements?
No. All courses are delivered online via our e-learning system and there are no work placement requirements in this course.
What support can I expect from Australian Online Courses?
Unlimited tutor support is available throughout your studies via email during business hours Monday to Friday. Our Administrative team are available Monday to Friday via email, live chat and telephone.
I am an international student. Can I enrol into this course?
Yes! We accept enrolments from individuals both within Australia and internationally; location is no barrier to entry into our programs.