Available in 2021
Course code



10 units


4000 level

Course handbook


Psychological assessment and intervention are crucial elements in the role of a practising clinical psychologist. This course familiarises students with the scientist-practitioner model and important aspects of ethical practice in clinical, mental health, and neuropsychological testing and assessment of common psychological disorders. Students will be introduced to typical evidence-based assessments along with the scoring and interpretation of test results, following the psychology profession’s Code of Ethics and the APS Ethical Guidelines for Psychological Assessment and the use of psychological tests. Students will be required to demonstrate an understanding of the administration and scoring of psychological tests. Students will also be familiarised with evidence-based interventions and psychotherapy.

Availability2021 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2021


  • Semester 2 - 2021

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Describe and discuss the scientist practitioner model and evidence-based clinical and neuropsychological assessments, with awareness of ethical issues and standards in psychology.

2. Evaluate basic clinical interviewing skills

3. Describe the theoretical and empirical bases of the construction and interpretation of psychological tests. (APAC competency 2.3)

4. Administer and score a standardised, diagnostic test. (APAC competency 2.3)

5. Evaluate assessment tools and interventions appropriate for individual case examples. (APAC competency 2.4)


Content covered in this course is focused on practical skills including:

  • Clinical interviewing, as part of a psychological assessment
  • Administering short cognitive tests, as part of a neuropsychological assessment
  • Assessment of mood using standardised tools
  • Applications of clinical interventions

Students will develop culturally appropriate, pre-professional practical skills from exposure to typical psychological tools/tests used in professional practice, including those used with Indigenous clients.


This course is only available to students enrolled in

Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours)[40100],

Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) [12362], or

Bachelor of Science (Honours) [10496].

Assessment items

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Workshop skills

Written Assignment: Case Report

Presentation: Case Study Presentation

Contact hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Fortnight for 5 Weeks

See schedule in course outline. Students will be required to review material prior to attending each Lab.


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 10 Weeks

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.