Courses & Units

Assessment Skills in Psychology Practice 1 PSY701


This unit introduces students to the key diagnostic frameworks and assessment methods for common mental health presentations. Students are also introduced to cognitive assessment and oriented to risk assessment and safety planning. Consideration is also given to cultural and developmental factors relevant to these processes.


Unit name Assessment Skills in Psychology Practice 1
Unit code PSY701
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Psychological Sciences
Discipline Psychology
Coordinator Doctor Diana Horrex
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 26/2/2024 22/3/2024 15/4/2024 2/6/2024

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Unit census dates currently displaying for 2024 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2024 will be available from the 1st October 2023. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Integrate information to construct diagnostic formulations for a range of common mental health presentations
  • Formulate and conduct culturally appropriate psychological assessments for a broad range of common mental health presentations
  • Tailor verbal and non-verbal skills to engage stakeholders and manage psychological assessment across a range of settings

Fee Information

The 2024 Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) rates are still being finalised by the Government and we will update the domestic fee information as soon as we have more details.


Concurrent Prerequisites

Ethics and Professional Psychology Practice 1

Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:



Teaching Pattern

3hr Seminar weekly, 4hrs independent learning weekly

AssessmentDiagnostic Commentary (20%)|Cognitive Assessment Skills Demonstration (40%)|Intake interview skills demonstration (40%)
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