The ongoing, interactive, and inclusive process that serves to describe, conceptualise, and predict relevant aspects of a client (be that client an organization, group or individual).
Demonstrated capabilities: A strong level of skills and knowledge in conducting systematic psychological assessment using a wide range of assessment techniques, including:
the theoretical basis for the assessment techniques used in psychology;
knowledge of psychometric properties of psychological tests and the ability to use this knowledge to inform problem formulation;
test selection - ability to select appropriate assessment techniques and instruments with proper consideration of issues relating to reliability and validity;
test administration and interpretive skills, including experience in the skilled administration and interpretation of at least:
the current version of an individually administered adult or child test of intelligence (some examples of appropriate tests include - WISC IV, WAIS IV, WPPSI-III, Stanford-Binet V, Kaufman Adolescent and Adult Intelligence Test, Kaufman Assessment Battery for Children, Differential Ability Scales);
the current version of at least one major standardised test of personality (examples of appropriate tests include - 16PF, MMPI, CPI, OMNI, NEO-PI);
the current version of at least one specialised memory assessment (e.g. Wechsler Memory Scale, Wide Range Assessment of Memory and Learning); and
other tests, appropriate to the learning objectives of the course, which are based on empirically validated approaches and equivalent accuracy in the measurement of cognitive or behavioural functioning or an accurate measurement of aptitude, abilities or skills.
awareness of limitations of psychological tests with particular reference to notions of validity, reliability, and cultural issues;
proficiency in interviewing (structured and unstructured interviews, selection interviews, survey interviewing, history taking, clinical interviewing for diagnostic purposes and group-based interviewing);
systematic observation of behaviour involving both naturalistic and clinical observation and in using predetermined procedures for observing the behaviour of one or more persons;
knowledge of psychopathology and of diagnostic classification systems (including current versions of DSM and ICD);
assessment and diagnostic processes (selecting the appropriate assessment tool(s), administering the assessment tool(s), interpreting the assessment results, interviewing /micro counselling skills involved in the assessment process, problem formulation and hypothesis testing);
the ability to competently undertake a mental status examination; and
writing informed, succinct, valid and well organised reports.