cnsl563 | Graduate

Counseling Psychometrics

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The focus of this course is on tests used in counseling and test reports, with an emphasis on learning how to integrate testing as an additional tool in counseling. Tests most commonly encountered in the counseling field are identified and reviewed, and the following components are discussed: psychometric properties of tests, test selection criteria, administration, interpretation, and reporting of test results.

This graduate-level course is 6 weeks This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 6 weeks

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    The Decision-Making Process

    • Explore various methodologies for the selection, administration, and interpretation of tests.

    Tests Used in the Counseling Field

    • Identify and describe the characteristics, purposes, and uses of aptitude tests, intelligence tests, achievement tests, career tests, adaptive functioning tests, perceptual-motor tests, and personality tests.

    Diversity Issues in Testing

    • Discuss issues of age, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, language, disability, culture, spirituality, and other factors related to the assessment and evaluation of individuals, groups, and specific populations.

    Sources of Bias in Testing

    • Describe the nature of bias as it relates to psychometric tests and assessment in general.
    • Discuss the concepts of culture-fair and culture-free testing and assess the extent to which these concepts can be realized in practice.
    • Identify how testing historically has reflected cultural biases and contemporary efforts in testing to accommodate different cultural groups.

    Ethical Issues in Testing

    • Identify major resources related to guidelines for ethical testing processes and procedures relevant to counseling practice.
    • Examine ethics specifically in relationship to the administration and interpretation of testing for clients as individuals and groups across various measurement areas such as intelligence, personality, and psychopathology.

    The Foundations of Testing and Measurement

    • Describe measurement as a general concept.
    • Investigate the major areas that testing procedures have been applied to in education, psychology, and counseling.
    • Identify and explore the historical roots of testing in the measurement of human characteristics.

    The Purposes and Uses of Tests in Counseling

    • Identify testing in relationship to applications in counseling and psychology.
    • Articulate major applications of psychometric testing in the counseling fields.
    • Explore methods for assisting clients in understanding test results.
    • Differentiate among tests used for measurement in areas related to intelligence, educational achievement, personality, social adjustment, personal adjustment, and psychopathology.

    Psychometric Properties of Tests

    • Identify and explore statistical concepts including scales of measurement, measures of central tendency, indices of variability, shapes and characteristics of data distributions, correlation coefficients, and regression.
    • Discuss the concept of reliability, including theory of measurement error, alternate models of reliability, and the use of reliability information.
    • Discuss the concept of validity, including types of validity, evidence of validity, and the relationship between validity and reliability.
    • Discuss concepts of standardized and nonstandardized testing, including norm-referenced and criterion-referenced tests.
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