Psychological Assessment & Introduction to Counselling

Course code PSYC4201Units 10Level 4000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Psychology

This course forms part of an Australian Psychological Society accredited sequence.
One half of the course introduces students to the administration of psychological tests and psychological assessment with an emphasis on cognitive testing and assessment. The other half of the course introduces students to basic counselling techniques and skills. Students will gain practical experience in testing and counselling.
Students CANNOT take PSYC4201 with ANY of the following courses:
PSYC4070, PSYC4080, PSYC4110, PSYC4210, or PSYC6720.

Available in 2014

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course, students will have:

1. Gained useful knowledge regarding psychological tests in various areas of cognition;
2. Gained useful knowledge regarding the choice of suitable tests, and matching this choice with assessment goals;
3. Gained useful knowledge regarding the different approaches to counselling and how to conduct a counselling interview.
4. Developed competency in the administration, scoring and interpretation of psychological tests,
5. Developed competency in basic counselling skills and techniques.
ContentThe Wechlser tests of intelligence and memory will be examined as well as commonly used tests of attention and executive function. The course will also address important issues in choosing appropriate tests to achieve the assessment goals and interpreting and using test results.
The counselling component will examine a number of approaches to counselling and cover the range of skills needed to conduct a counselling interview.
Replacing Course(s)Replaces one half of PSYC4080 or PSYC4070.
Not to count with PSYC4070, PSYC4080, PSYC4110, PSYC4210, or PSYC6720.
TransitionStudents CANNOT take PSYC4201 with ANY of the following courses:
PSYC4070, PSYC4080, PSYC4110, PSYC4210, or PSYC6720.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeStudents enrolling in Psychology 4000 level courses should have successfully completed all 240 units of the BPsychology program at the 1000-3000 levels or an APS accredited sequence in Psychology (yrs 1-3)
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsWorkshop
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsCounselling component: written assignment
Other: (please specify)Testing component: Competent administration of the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale - Third Edition
Contact HoursWorkshop: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentThis course is only available to students enrolled in the BArts(Hons), BScience(Hons) and BSocScience(Hons).
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for PSYC4201