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Below is a sample breakdown of the Clinical Assessment in Psychology chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.
|Day||Topics||Key Terms and Concepts Covered|
|Monday||Description of and need for clinical assessment||Clinical assessments, interviews, personality and intelligence assessments|
|Tuesday||Clinical interviews, cognitive and behavioral assessments||Intake interview, mental status exam, evaluating thoughts and behaviors|
|Wednesday||Psychophysiological and neuropsychological assessments for mental illness and memory loss||Neuroimaging, PET scan, MRI, psychological assessments: inferences and limitations|
|Thursday||Observational and field research||Research design in observational and field research|
|Friday||Intelligence tests, issues in psychological assessment||The construct of IQ, Stanford-Binet Intelligence Test, the Wechsler Intelligence Tests, validity, reliability and bias in intelligence assessment|
1. What is Clinical Assessment in Psychology? - Definition and Purpose
If you're a psychologist and a patient comes to see you, how do you know what is wrong? In this lesson, we'll look at clinical psychological assessments and how psychologists use them.
2. Clinical Interviews in Psychological Assessment: Purpose, Process, & Limitations
Psychologists are not mind-readers. Like medical doctors, psychologists have to assess their patients to find out what's wrong. In this lesson, we'll examine the most commonly used psychological assessment: the clinical interview.
3. Behavioral and Cognitive Assessments: Purpose, Process, & Limitations
Sometimes, faulty thought and behavior patterns cause psychological problems. To uncover the cause of the problems, some psychologists use cognitive and behavioral assessments. We'll look closer at those types of assessments and how they are used.
4. Psychophysiological and Neuropsychological Assessments
Some psychological disorders have a physical basis. In this lesson, we'll look at three types of assessments that examine the link between body and mind: neuroimaging, neuropsychological tests, and psychophysiological tests.
5. Limitations of Neuropsychological Assessments
Psychological disorders that spring from a brain problem are diagnosed with neuropsychological tests. But, how accurate are those tests? We'll look at some of the limitations and issues surrounding neuropsychological assessments.
6. How Observational & Field Research Are Used to Collect Data
Psychologists have many different options for where and how to do research. Watch this video to learn more about the difference in field and lab research and the advantages and disadvantages of observational research
7. Intelligence Testing and Types
Most people have heard of IQ. But how is it measured and what does it mean? In this lesson, we'll look at the history of intelligence testing, major types of intelligence tests, and the debate and controversy over intelligence.
8. Issues in Psychological Assessment: Reliability, Validity, and Bias
In order to diagnose and treat patients, psychologists use assessments. But how well do psychological tests work? In this lesson, we'll look closer at three areas that inform a good psychological assessment: reliability, validity, and bias.
9. Fixed-Ratio and a Reinforcement Schedule: Examples & Definition
In this lesson, you will learn to define fixed-ratio schedules of reinforcement. You'll take a look at some examples of fixed-ratio schedules and test your knowledge on the subject by taking a quiz.
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