Pre-Professional Practice for Graduate Diploma


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.

This course forms part of an Australian Psychological Society accredited sequence.



  • Semester 2 - 2016

Learning Outcomes

1. Developed competency in the administration, scoring and interpretation of psychological tests,

2. Seveloped competency in basic counselling skills and techniques.

3. Knowledge regarding psychological tests in various areas of cognition

4. Knowledge regarding choice of suitable tests, and matching this choice with assessment goals

5. Knowledge regarding different approaches to counselling and how to conduct a counselling interview.


  • The 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.


This course is only available to students enrolled in Graduate Diploma Psychology

Assumed Knowledge

An APS accredited sequence in Psychology (years 1 - 3) PSYC3070 and PSYC3010 or equivalents

Assessment Items

Written Assignment: Counselling component: written assignment

Practical Demonstration: Demonstrated competence in administration of a psychological test

Contact Hours



Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term