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CED 523

CED 523 - Psychological Tests

Course Syllabus Fall 2008

Terence Tracey

444j Payne EDB

Course Description:
This course is designed for counselors and educators involved in the selection, administration, and interpretation of psychological tests. The purpose of the course is to provide students with an understanding of the principles of measurement as applied to group standardized measures of achievement, special aptitude, intelligence, personality, interests and distress for use in counseling. Format will consist primarily of lectures along with group participation activities.
Course objectives
Student will:

1. Understand the historical perspectives concerning the nature and meaning of assessment.

2. Understand basic concepts of standardized and non-standardized testing and other assessment techniques including norm-referenced and criterion-referenced assessment, environmental assessment, performance assessment, individual and group test and inventory methods, psychological testing, and behavioral observations.

3. Understand statistical concepts, including scales of measurement, measures of central tendency, indices of variability, shapes and types of distributions, and correlations.

4. Understand reliability (i.e., theory of measurement error, models of reliability, and the use of reliability information).

5. Understand validity (i.e., evidence of validity, types of validity, and the relationship between reliability and validity).

5. Understanding social and cultural factors related to the assessment and evaluation of individuals, groups, and specific populations.

6. Understand the ethical strategies for selecting, administering, and interpreting assessment and evaluation instruments and techniques in counseling

7. Understand various models and approaches to clinical evaluation, and their appropriate uses, including diagnostic interviews, mental status examination, symptom inventories, and psychoeducational and personality assessments.

8. Identify standard screening and assessment instruments for substance abuse and addiction.

9. Selects appropriate comprehensive assessment interventions to assist in diagnosis and treatment planning with an awareness of cultural bias in the implementation and interpretation of assessment protocols.

10. Develop the ability to select and evaluate tests for specific purposes, populations, situations, and settings.

11. Understand how aspects of individual and group differences affect testing and scores (e.g., age, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, language and disability).

12. Develop the ability to use, understand and evaluate a test manual.

13. Understand issues of clinical decision making and utility of testing


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