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Unit description

Explores the classification and assessment of psychopathology and cognitive functioning in adults. Major diagnostic systems (e.g., DSM-5-TR) will be used together with psychometric knowledge to develop case formulations that can be used to inform appropriate treatment using a client-centred approach. A biopsychosocial model will be applied when conducting assessments and developing case formulations.  The unit includes socio-culturally diverse conceptualizations and considerations in understanding and assessing mental health, including in Indigenous Australians.    

Unit content

  • Assessment of commonly occurring psychopathology in adults
  • Theories regarding the aetiology and conceptualisation of adult psychopathology
  • Using diagnostic systems such as the DSM-5-TR and the biopsychosocial model
  • Assessing cognitive functioning in adults
  • Communicating assessment findings orally and in writing, including to the client and other health professionals

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1identify risk factors for the formation and maintenance of commonly diagnosed mental health diagnoses in adults, including risk of self-harm and differences in presentation in older adults
2demonstrate standardised psychological test administration and interpretation based on psychometric principles and the needs of the client
3demonstrate critical reasoning, reflective practice, ethical judgment and cultural sensitivity in forming diagnoses and case formulation for those with mental health diagnoses
4demonstrate the ability to communicate the results of assessments and case formulations in writing and verbally to clients, families, health professionals and other stakeholders

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. identify risk factors for the formation and maintenance of commonly diagnosed mental health diagnoses in adults, including risk of self-harm and differences in presentation in older adults
  2. demonstrate standardised psychological test administration and interpretation based on psychometric principles and the needs of the client
  3. demonstrate critical reasoning, reflective practice, ethical judgment and cultural sensitivity in forming diagnoses and case formulation for those with mental health diagnoses
  4. demonstrate the ability to communicate the results of assessments and case formulations in writing and verbally to clients, families, health professionals and other stakeholders

Prescribed Learning Resources

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Prescribed Learning Resources may change in future Teaching Periods

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Tutorial 2 hours (Weekly)
Workshop 1 hour (Weekly)
Assessment
Case study45%
Clinical skills45%
Discussion board10%
Notice

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Fee information

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