Clinical Assessment [PSYC 203A]
This course is designed to teach students to develop knowledge and skills in the assessment of psychological disorders and other forms of human suffering using standardized and non-standardized testing and idiographic approaches. The goal of this course is to provide core competency in collecting and using client data as part of an evidence based practice of psychology. There will be a constant emphasis on learning to critically think about choosing an assessment strategy for clients that will best guide their intervention and provide data for the efficacy of treatment. Students will be exposed to the key features of standardized assessment including norming and psychometrics and tests frequently used in this nomothetic approach to evaluation.
Students will develop skills in using rapid assessment inventories that are normed and disorder/symptom specific and learn when and how to use these devices. Most importantly, students will begin to develop idiographic assessment skills tailored to individual clients' case formulations. While no course can provide exposure to all of the assessment devices or psychological tests one may encounter in service delivery, the aim of this course is to provide the background to learn to select, evaluate, and provide those assessment when the clinician is able to in the context of therapy as a Marriage Family Therapist or Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. Key issues surrounding culture and gender bias in assessment and the ethics of gathering assessment data are also discussed.
Course Content Learning Outcomes (CLOs)
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
CLO1: Understand the role and appropriate use of standardized tests and assessments idiographic data tracking.
CLO2: Identify and explain key psychometric properties such as norms, means, deviations, reliability, types of validity, and cut scores.
CLO3: Develop the skills to select rapid assessment inventories that are specific to disorders or problem areas that provide meaningful data for clients.
CLO4: Develop the skills to create an idiographic assessment instrument for specific client problems.
CLO5: Recognize the purpose, strengths, and weaknesses of commonly used tests and assessment approaches.
CLO6: Develop the skills to track and present data for individual as part of evidence based practice of psychology.