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PSY8240 Advanced Clinical Psychology Assessment and Diagnosis

Units : 1
School or Department : School of Psychology and Wellbeing
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules
Version produced : 4 October 2023


Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MCPS or MCPA


A key skill required of Clinical Psychologists is the ability to accurately and efficiently assess and diagnose psychopathology across the lifespan. Clinical Psychologists are expected to be proficient in the use of classification systems such as the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, including having consolidated knowledge of diagnostic processes, and diagnostic criteria for common mental health conditions. To provide effective intervention, Clinical Psychologists must be able to develop effective treatment plans which are grounded in comprehensive case formulations aligned to the clinical diagnosis.

The aim of this course is to enable students undertaking studies in Clinical Psychology to advance their knowledge and skills of diagnostic assessment and clinical formulation. Students will engage in variety of tasks engaging their ability to apply and extend their existing diagnostic skills, including conducting diagnostic interviews, and engaging in considered differential diagnosis processes. Students will apply their formulation skills to a variety of clinical presentations. Attendance at the on-campus workshops or online workshop for the external offering of this course is mandatory. Dates of the workshops will be according to the 'Workshop Schedule' that will be emailed to students at the outset of the program.

Course offers

Study period Mode Campus
Block 5, 2023 On-campus Ipswich
Block 5, 2023 External
Date printed 4 October 2023