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Clinical Assessment And Student Evaluation

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This course introduces students to models and tools of assessment. Students learn and practice assessment strategies, use the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), and learn about behavioral analysis in relation to student-age populations. Students will develop competency in intervention, referral, and after care procedures for professional school counseling practice. Emphasis will be placed on models and techniques for physical and sexual abuse and neglect, substance abuse, suicide, and participating as a member of a multidisciplinary team for special education planning. Administration, scoring, and interpretation of standardized tests are described, and principles necessary for the development, interpretation, and selection of assessment instruments are presented. Multicultural and ethical issues regarding assessment are also examined.



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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    School-Based Assessment and Evaluative Instruments

    • Describe the various testing instruments used in school counseling.
    • Use appropriate analysis and interpretation when administering assessment and evaluative instruments, including standardized tests.
    • Identify interviewing techniques for specific school-based assessment situations.
    • Describe screening protocols and assessment instruments for mental health and substance abuse issues.
    • Explain the DSM-IV-TR classification system as it applies to school counseling practice.

    Screening Techniques for High-Risk Student Situations

    • Identify signs of neglect and abuse in vulnerable populations.
    • Analyze the school counselor’s legal responsibilities to protect, report, and follow up with appropriate authorities regarding child abuse and neglect.
    • Describe procedures to assess and manage suicidal risk.
    • Describe appropriate screening and assessment models for high-risk student populations.

    Referral and Aftercare

    • Determine referral procedures with helping agents in the community to secure assistance for students and their families.
    • Identify strategies and methods to empower parents, guardians, families, and communities to act on behalf of their children.
    • Explain the importance of follow-up care and aftercare in the monitoring and maintenance of student counseling outcomes.
    • Identify the legal and ethical issues of assessment in a school-based environment, including confidentiality.

    Intervention and Counseling in School Settings

    • Explain the importance of personal characteristics, motivation, and environmental factors in intervention and counseling.
    • Use assessment results to assist students and their parents in developing immediate and long-range academic goals.
    • Explain the nature, purposes, and results of assessment measures to students, parents, and other educational professionals.

    History and Purpose of Assessment

    • Examine the history and importance of assessment in a school setting.
    • Identify the purpose and use of assessment in school counseling.
    • Explain psychometric principles—such as standardized scores, normative procedures, validity, and reliability—and how they are used in testing.

    Assessment Strategies

    • Determine appropriate assessment strategies to use when evaluating a student’s academic, career, and personal/social development.
    • Analyze developmental disorders and classifications of mental disorders with particular emphasis on special education populations in schools.
    • Analyze criteria required to place students in special programs, such as Section 504 and enrichment programs.
    • Evaluate the influence of multicultural and gender-based factors on the assessment process in schools.
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