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PSY4070 Assessment and Interview Skills

Semester 2, 2023 Online
Units : 1
School or Department : School of Psychology and Wellbeing
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules
Version produced : 21 March 2023


Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BSCH (12302 Psychology) or BSHP or MRES (19112 Psychology). BPSH students need to apply for manual enrolment in this course.


Psychological assessment is a basic skill for all areas of applied psychology. Using workshops and case studies, students will learn about the development of testing skills and the application of testing principles in clinical settings.

This course provides training in the development of skills necessary for conducting psychological assessment including interview skills, administration and scoring, interpretation, and professional report writing. Assessment strategies, including the use of standardised psychological test instruments will be identified, discussed, and practiced. There is a focus on cultural considerations when conducting psychological assessments within this course.

BPSH students must have completed the first 3 years with a GPA of 5.0 across levels 1 to 3 psychology courses. These students will have to be manually enrolled.

Course learning outcomes

On completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. Apply a range of interpersonal and communication skills when interviewing clients
  2. Explain the cultural considerations that are associated with psychological testing
  3. Conduct an intake assessment and administer a Mental Status Exam
  4. Score and interpret a widely used standardised psychological test
  5. Effectively communicate to a professional audience via a written report.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Interview skills 20.00
2. Intake assessment 20.00
3. Mental Status Exam 20.00
4. Standardised testing 20.00
5. Clinical report writing 20.00
Date printed 21 March 2023