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Paper 3.2 (A): Psycho-diagnostics

Unit

Contents

Teaching Hrs.

Domain

I Introduction to Psycho-diagnostic Assessment

Nature and scope; goals and purposes of assessment; process of diagnostic assessment in Psychology.

Classification, types and characteristics of psychodiagnostic methods, psychometric basis of assessment

Ethical aspects

Psychodiagnostic report writing.

Prepare a report on a case

Prepare a report on different psycho-diagnostictools in Psychology lab of SGT University

10

3

 

3

 

2

 

2

 

 

Must know

 

 

Desirable to Know

 Nice to know

II Interviewing and Behavioral Observation Methods

Interviewing: nature and principles – rapport, effective listening skills, effective verbal and non-verbal communication, effective responses; sources of error – reliability, validity, bias;

Types of interviews – initial intake, evaluation, structured clinical, case history, mental status examination, crisis, diagnostic,  exit or termination;

Behavioral observations – naturalistic observation, self-monitoring, controlled observation;

Behavioral checklists, inventories and questionnaires.

Computer assisted interviews

Prepare case history report of a patient with mental illness

15

 

4

 

4

 

4

 

3

 

Must know

 

 

 

Desirable to know

Nice to know

III Intelligence and Neuropsychological Assessment

Intelligence: defining and measuring intelligence; types of intelligence – major theories

Intelligence tests: Stanford-Binet scales; Wechsler scales – WAIS, WISC, WPPSI; other individual tests of ability;

Neuropsychological testing: overview of neuropsychology; approaches to neuropsychological evaluation; batteries – Halstead-Reitan, Luria-Nebraska, Bender-Gestalt Visual Motor;

Indian tests; application of Neuropsychological tests.

Boston process approach

Intelligence tests for visually impaired and deaf-mute population

15

 

4

 

4

 

4

 

3

 

 

 

Must know

 

 

 

Desirable to know

Nice to know

 

Syllabus Books:

  1. Plante, T.G. (2004). Contemporary Clinical Psychology, 4th Ed. Wiley publishers. New York:US.
  2. Kaplan, R. &Saccuzzo, D.P. (2012). Psychological Testing: Principles, Applications, and Issues. 8th Wadsworth Publishing.

Reference Books:

  1. Groth-Marnat, G. & Wright, A.J. (2016). Handbook of Psychological Assessment. NY: Wiley
  2. Domino, G. & Domino, M. (2006). Psychological Testing: An Introduction, 2nd Ed. Cambridge University Press.