PSYC5531 Assessment and Intervention—Adult Complex Disorders
- 6 points
|Semester 2||UWA (Perth)||Face to face|
- This unit introduces students to a range of of psychological and neuropsychological disorders (e.g. schizophrenia-spectrum disorders, acquired brain injury, dementia, substance dependence) with clinical presentations that are complicated by neurocognitive and neurobehavioural impairments in addition to affective and interpersonal symptoms. Specialised assessment techniques for evaluation of neuropsychological functioning (e.g. memory attention and executive functions) are introduced and approaches for ethical and appropriate test selection, including critical evaluation of psychometric properties, are reviewed. The unit also introduces students to empirically validated interventions for disorders with neurocognitive impairments. The unit includes a mix of learning modalities including lectures, workshops, brief student presentations and group work typically centred on case examples.
- Students are able to (1) identify the clinical presentations of a variety of disorders with presentations complicated by neurocognitive and neurobehavioural impairments; (2) understand basic approaches to ethical neuropsychological assessment and intervention with these disorders; and (3) understand how to apply this knowledge within a supervised clinical placement.
- Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) presentation & class participation; (2) assessment report; and (3) Attendance to lectures and workshops. Further information is available in the unit outline.
To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the Attendance to lectures and workshops component.
Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
- Unit Coordinator(s)
- Dr Brandon Gavett
- Unit rules
- enrolment in the combined Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Clinical Neuropsychology (01890/54590) or the combined Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Clinical Psychology (01870/54570); and PSYC5672 Foundations in Clinical Skills I (formerly PSYC8672 Foundations in Clinical Skills I) and PSYC5673 Foundations in Clinical Skills II (formerly PSYC8673 Foundations in Clinical Skills II)
- PSYC5592 Neuropsychological Assessment (formerly PSYC8592 Neuropsychological Assessment)
- Contact hours
- lectures: 8 x 2 hours; workshops: 5 x 4 hours (attendance at classes/workshops is compulsory)
- Students enrolled in an APAC accredited program must hold provisional registration as a psychologist. It is the students' responsibility to ensure registration eligibility. Enrolled students are also responsible for maintaining provisional registration for the duration of their enrolment in the program.
- The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
- All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
- Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus. Copies of textbooks and other readings will be made available for students to access from the Library, online wherever possible as well as in print.
- If this unit is offered as on-campus face-to-face study only, students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.