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Basic Clinical Assessment And Psychometrics

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This course introduces students to models and tools of clinical assessment and diagnosis techniques, including tests and test reports used in counseling and behavioral analysis. Students use the current edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) to practice writing clear, accurate, and useful intake assessments, mental status examinations, and outcome-based treatment planning. Special focus is placed on psychometric properties of tests, test selection criteria, administration, interpretation, and reporting of test results. Multicultural and ethical issues in assessment and psychometrics are also explored.

This graduate-level course is 8 weeks To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 8 weeks

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    Introduction to Intelligence, Achievement, and Ability Testing and Neurodevelopmental Disorders

    • Describe the most commonly used tests for evaluating academic achievement and ability.
    • Identify the diagnostic criteria of neurodevelopmental disorders.
    • Explain assessments used to evaluate disorders of development, adaptive functioning, attention, and working memory.
    • Describe the impact of testing bias in the private and school-based settings.
    • Describe the most commonly used tests for evaluating intelligence.

    Introduction to Personality and Psychopathology Assessment: Depressive, Bipolar, and Anxiety Disorders

    • Describe the most commonly used tests evaluating psychopathology that are related to depressive, bipolar and anxiety disorders.
    • Describe the impact of bias as it relates to testing of personality and psychopathology.
    • Identify the diagnostic criteria for depressive, bipolar and related, and anxiety disorders.
    • Demonstrate clinical assessment procedures through application to a case study.

    Introduction to Personality and Psychopathology Assessment: OCD and Trauma, Psychotic Disorders, and Personality Disorders

    • Describe the most commonly used tests evaluating personality.
    • Examine the use of psychometric personality assessments in evaluating psychopathology and personality.
    • Describe the most commonly used tests evaluating psychopathology related to obsessive-compulsive disorder, trauma, psychotic disorders, and personality disorders.
    • Identify the diagnostic criteria for disorders related to obsessive-compulsive disorder, trauma, psychotic disorders, and personality disorders.
    • Demonstrate clinical assessment procedures through application to a case study.

    Introduction to Vocational Assessment and Substance Abuse Assessment and Introduction to Treatment Planning

    • Describe the most commonly used tests evaluating vocational interest and ability.
    • Describe the most commonly used tests evaluating substance abuse and dependency.
    • Identify the diagnostic criteria for substance-related disorders.
    • Identify the main components of a treatment plan.

    Interviewing Fundamentals

    • Describe the purpose of the clinical interview.
    • Describe the appropriate setting for interviewing and assessment.
    • Identify basic listening skills, attending behaviors, and rapport-building strategies that assist in the clinical interview.
    • Describe the appropriate use of basic interviewing skills.

    Foundations of Psychometrics and the Use of the DSM in Counseling

    • Describe statistical concepts, including scales of measurement, measures of central tendency, variability, types of distributions, and correlations.
    • Identify the concepts of reliability and validity in testing.
    • Explain the relationship between reliability and validity.
    • Describe the various types of scores used in testing.
    • Describe the major application of psychometric testing and the use of the DSM in the counseling field and diagnostic assessment.

    The Clinical Interview, Mental Status Exam and Suicide Assessment Interviewing and Special Populations: Considerations for Diverse Clients and Children

    • Demonstrate the key components of the clinical interview.
    • Demonstrate the key components of the mental status exam.
    • Describe the key components and importance of a suicide assessment.
    • Identify specific interventions needed following a positive suicide assessment.
    • Explain the need to adapt the clinical interview to address cultural, linguistic, and regional differences.
    • Analyze the special considerations when evaluating and assessing children and adolescents.
    • Demonstrate basic interviewing techniques for a special population.

    Interpreting Test Data, Report Writing, and Legal and Ethical Issues in Psychometrics and Integrating Assessment and Treatment Planning

    • Explore methods for providing information to clients regarding testing results, how their results apply to their diagnosis, and treatment planning.
    • Demonstrate basic treatment planning following the results of the interview and/or assessment.
    • Examine ethics related to administration, interpretation, and application of testing in the fields of counseling.
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