Pre-Professional Practice for Graduate Diploma

10 Units

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.

Faculty Faculty of Science and Information Technology
School School of Psychology
Availability Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  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
  • Workshop: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetable 2016 Course Timetables for PSYC6720
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