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Foundations of Psychological Assessment 2017/2018

  • 5 ECTS
  • Taught in Portuguese
  • Continuous Assessment

Objectives

O1: Understand the fundaments and historical evolution of psychological evaluation.
O2: Know and understand the process of psychological evaluation.
O3: Know the techniques, procedures and instruments for psychological evaluation.
O4: Know the psychometric characteristics underlying instruments for psychological evaluation.
O5: Know the components of a psychological evaluation report.
O6: Know and apply the ethical and deontological principles underlying psychological evaluation.
O7: Recognize the different contexts for psychological evaluation.

Recommended Prerequisites

Students may benefit from having acquired knowledge within the UC Theories of Ethical Reasoning, which will be reinforced here as applied in specific to psychological evaluation.

Teaching Metodology

Classes will be a theoretical and practical nature, balancing the conceptual framework of the programmatic contents with their practical application, by resourcing to the analyses of materials and papers relating to those contents. Guided discussion will always be privileged, alongside critical and creative reflection and cooperative learning, based on fulfilling in-class exercises and group tasks. Relevant and specific bibliography will be recommended to students throughout the semester.
The UC will be evaluated continuously.

Body of Work

1. History and fundamental concepts in psychological evaluation.
2. The process of psychological evaluation.
2.1 Request and establishment of goals
2.2. Selection of methods, procedures, and instruments
2.2.1. Clinical interview
2.2.2. Observation
2.2.3. Standardized instruments for psychological evaluation.
3. Psychometrics in psychological evaluation.
4. Psychological evaluation reports
5. Ethics in psychological evaluation.
5.1. Considerations in applying psychological evaluation instruments.
5.2. Considerations in interpretation and scoring psychological evaluation instruments
5.3. Considerations in communicating results
6. Contexts of psychological evaluation
6.1 psychological evaluation. With children and adolescents
6.2. Psychological evaluation in forensic contexts
6.3. Psychological evaluation in clinical contexts
6.4. Psychological evaluation in school contexts
6.5. Psychological evaluation in neuropsychology

Recommended Bibliography

- Coaley, K. (2014). An introduction to psychological assessment and psychometrics (2nd ed). London: Sage Publications.
- Cohen, R.J., Swerdlik, M.E., & Sturman, E. (2013). Psychological testing and assessment – An introduction to tests and measurement. New York: McGraw-Hill
- Leal, I, (2011). A entrevista psicológica: Técnica, teoria e clínica. Lisboa: Fim de Século
- Goldfinger, K. & Pomerantz, A. M. (2014). Psychological assessment and report writing (2nd ed.). Los Angeles, USA: Sage Publications Inc.
- Murphy, K.R. & Davidshofer, C.O. (2014). Psychological testing: Principles and applications (6th ed.). New Jersey: Prentice Hall.
- http://www.apa.org/ethics/code/

Complementary Bibliography

- Almeida, L., & Freire, T. (2007). Metodologia da Investigação em Psicologia e Educação (4º edição). Braga: Psiquilibrios.
- Gonçalves, M.M., Simões, M.R., Almeida, L.S., & Machado, C. (2008). Avaliação psicológica: Instrumentos validados para a população portuguesa – Volume I. Coimbra: Quarteto Editora.
- Gonçalves, M.M., Simões, M.R., Almeida, L.S., & Machado, C. (2008). Avaliação psicológica: Instrumentos validados para a população portuguesa – Volume II. Coimbra: Quarteto Editora.
- Gonçalves, M.M., Simões, M.R., Almeida, L.S., & Machado, C. (2008). Avaliação psicológica: Instrumentos validados para a população portuguesa – Volume III. Coimbra: Quarteto Editora.

Weekly Planning

S1: Presentation of the UC & History and fundamental concepts in psychological evaluation
S2: The process of psychological evaluation: request and establishment of goals & selection of methods, procedures and instruments
S3: Methods and instruments – clinical interview
S4: Methods and instruments – observation
S5: Methods and instruments – observation & self-report instruments
S6: Methods and instruments – instruments applied by the clinician
S7: Psychometric characteristics of standardized instruments – sensitivity and reliability
S8: Psychometric characteristics of standardized instruments – validity
S9: Psychological evaluation reports
S10: Ethics in psychological evaluation
S11: Oral presentation of group works
S12: Oral presentation of group works & Contexts for psychological evaluation – children/ adolescents
S13: Contexts for psychological evaluation – forensic & clinical
S14: Contexts for psychological evaluation – school & neuropsychology
S15: Revisions/Support to study & Test

Demonstration of the syllabus coherence with the curricular unit's objectives

The first goal (i.e., Understand the fundaments and historical evolution of psychological evaluation) is in line with the first programmatic content. The second and third goals (i.e., Know and understand the process of psychological evaluation and Know the techniques, procedures and instruments for psychological evaluation) will be worked though within the second programmatic content. The fourth goal (i.e., Know the psychometric characteristics underlying instruments for psychological evaluation) will be consubstantiated in the third programmatic content. The fifth goal (i.e., Know the components of a psychological evaluation report) within programmatic content number four. The sixth goal (i.e., Know and apply the ethical and deontological principles underlying psychological evaluation) concurs with the fifth programmatic content. The seventh goal (i.e., Recognize the different contexts for psychological evaluation) will be operationalized within programmatic content number 6.

Demonstration of the teaching methodologies coherence with the curricular unit's objectives

The goals of this UC are grounded in the acquisition of knowledge that will be fundamental to the posterior competent and responsible application of the entire process of psychological evaluation. The theoretical and practical teaching methodology, based on active and cooperative learning, are akin to this acquisition and consolidation of knowledge. Likewise, the permanent contact with students and answering their doubts will allow for the acquisition of timely and correct knowledge. Finally, a modality of continuous evaluation is in line with goals concerning the acquisition of knowledge that are successive and interconnected, wherein the acquisition of one content may be facilitated by the acquisition of a previous one.

relevant generic skillimproved?assessed?
Analytical and synthetic skillsYesYes
Commitment to effectivenessYes 
Commitment to qualityYes 
Ethical and responsible behaviourYesYes
Event organization, planning and managementYes 
Foreign language proficiencyYesYes
Information and learning managementYesYes
IT and technology proficiencyYesYes
Problem Analysis and AssessmentYesYes
Relating to othersYes 
Research skillsYesYes
TeamworkYesYes
Written and verbal communications skillsYesYes
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