psy5mab psych assessment b




Credit points: 10

Subject outline

This subject extends the knowledge base acquired in Psychological Assessment A and moves from a focus on psychometric theory, measurement and interpretation to focus on traditional and controversial assessments of psychopathological states. It presents a critical approach to classificatory systems such as DSM and ICD and discusses the limitations of the current system in light of the research implicating genetic and psychobiological brain involvement in psychopathology. A collaborative and individualised approach to assessment informs this subject and students will be challenged to reflect on professional and ethical issues relating to psychological assessment.

SchoolSchool of Psychology & Public Health

Credit points10

Subject Co-ordinatorMelissa Monfries

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must pass PSY5MAA or PSY6DAA and must be enrolled in HMCP - Master of Counselling Psychology.


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions This subject is available for Master of Counselling Psychology students only and will run subject to sufficient enrolment numbers.

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsDiagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (4th ed)(text revision)PrescribedAmerican Psychiatric Association 2000DSM IV, WASHINGTON, DC
ReadingsDiagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed)PrescribedAmerican Psychiatric Association (2013)DSM V WASHINGTON DC
ReadingsUnderstanding troubled minds: A guide to mental illness and its treatmentPrescribedBloch, S. (2011)CARLTON: UNIVERSITY PRESS
ReadingsHandbook of diagnosis and treatment of DSM-IV-TR personality disordersRecommendedSperry, L (2003)NEW YORK, NY: BRUNNER-ROUTLEDGE

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. TBA


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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2015, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMelissa Monfries

Class requirements

One 3.0 hours lecture/seminar per week and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
Case study2001
Major Essay (2000 words)6001
Minor Response Paper2001