PSY4406 - Psychological assessment and intervention - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.


Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

School of Psychological Sciences

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Filia Garivaldis


Lisa Burke

Unit guides


Monash Online

  • Teaching Period 2 2019 (Online)
  • Teaching Period 4 2019 (Online)
  • Teaching Period 6 2019 (Online)


Students can be enrolled in these units using either the GDPA course code (M5003) or the Single Unit course code (M3900).


PSY4503, PSY4270


This unit will provide students with a theoretical and practical overview of individual differences, and how these may be assessed and treated using evidence-based approaches. The course of study will include the theoretical background to the development of classes of tests, detailed examination of a range of models of ability and other individual difference issues. Test evaluation methods and a review of recent trends in test development theory will also be covered. The unit will also cover the administration, scoring, and interpretation of a range of psychological tests and classification tools in various psychological settings. An overview of evidence-based interventions for common clinical disorders will also be discussed.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Describe and discuss theoretical bases for undertaking psychological tests, and the place of psychological assessment in various settings of psychological practice;
  2. Select, administer, score and interpret psychological assessments, including common psychiatric conditions, neurocognitive abilities, and personality traits;
  3. Integrate and summarise information obtained during psychological assessments in the form of a professional report;
  4. Describe and discuss limitations of psychological assessment tools and how they can be misused, and assess the ethical considerations of administering, interpreting, and reporting of test results;
  5. Appraise approaches to psychological intervention from the theoretical and empirical evidence bases;
  6. Integrate assessment and intervention knowledge and skills for behavioural changes and symptom improvements.


  • Essay (1500 words) (30%)
  • Psychological report and summary (1500 words)(40%)
  • Secure online Quizzes (MCQ)(30%)

Workload requirements

Students should expect to spend an average of 20-25 hours per week. Broadly, this time will cover:

Video materials (2hrs)

Synchronous & asynchronous discussion (2hrs)

Synchronous web-based 'class-time' for skills-based activities (2hrs)

Weekly readings (4-6hrs)

Weekly skills-based assessment (4-6hrs, including formative assessment)

Knowledge-based assessment (4-5hrs, including revision)

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