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Unit description

Provides training in the assessment of mental abilities and psychopathology in adults. Major diagnostic systems (e.g., DSM-5) 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 focuses on respect for people from different cultural backgrounds including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.  

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 and the Biopsychosocial Model
  • Tests of mental abilities in adults
  • Communicating assessment findings to a diverse range of stakeholders 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 disorders 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 disorders
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 disorders 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 disorders
  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 texts

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Tutorial 2 hours (Weekly)
Workshop 1 hour (Weekly)
Assessment
Adult case study interpretation30%
Video of Test Administration and Assessment Report50%
Reflective writing20%
Notice

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every teaching period. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information

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