Course Title: Assessment and Intervention 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Assessment and Intervention 1

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2015


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012

Course Coordinator: Dr Melissa Monfries / Dr Prasad Podugu

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7782 / +61 3 9925 7722

Course Coordinator Email: /

Course Coordinator Location: 201.03.014C / 201.03.010

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

System Enforced Pre-requisites (Enforced by SAMS)


Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning. For further information go to:


Course Description

Psychological Assessment and Intervention 1 is designed to apply an advanced body of knowledge to your understanding of assessment, diagnosis, and intervention for psychopathology in children and adolescents and to provide you with a critical understanding of psychopathology in relation to the major psychological disorders in adults. This coursed will particularly focus on the following areas:

  • Child, Adolescent, and Family Clinical Psychology
  • Adult Psychopathology

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Course Learning Outcomes
At the conclusion of this course you should be able to:

  • demonstrate a critical understanding of nosology, predominant aetiological theories, and the course of major psychological disorders in children and adolescents and adults
  • demonstrate a working knowledge of the DSM-5 and competence in making differential diagnoses in the context of a broader case formulation when using the DSM-5.
  • select an empirically supported set of psychological techniques for intervention with a range of child and adolescent psychological problems and evaluate the potential impact of contextual factors when designing, implementing and evaluating  an intervention for child and adolescent psychological problems.
  • understand a variety of approaches to the assessment of clients (children, adolescents, families, and adults) to generate a diagnosis, making a formulation, and developing a treatment plan.
  • conceptualise and discuss diagnostic issues in the broader context of the likely course of, and prognosis for, major psychological disorders
  • using a CBT framework  conceptualise a case  and apply this this knowledge in the context of assessment and diagnosis. 

Program Learning Outcomes
This course contributes to the development of the Program Learning Outcomes:

  • PLO 1:  demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the theories, models and scientific underpinning of professional psychological practice and its application across behavioural and organisational systems
  • PLO2: develop a comprehensive and critical understanding  of the legislative frameworks and ethical codes and guidelines that guide professional psychological practice at a personal and professional level.
  • PLO 3: design, analyse, synthesise and communicate information from a wide variety of psychological assessments and techniques appropriate to the developmental stage, cognitive level and cultural background of the client, and appropriate to the purpose of the assessment.
  • PLO 4: demonstrated the ability to design, apply, and evaluate appropriate evidence based empirically validated interventions individualised to the client’s diagnosis, case formulation, and personal or organisational characteristics.

Overview of Learning Activities

Your learning activities include a mixture of lectures/ seminars, tutorials and skill development activities. Lectures will build on your knowledge gained during this program and will provide a solid theoretical and practice driven basis to help you to achieve professional practice
Tutorials are used to explore your critical analysis and clinical thinking.
The skill development activities will support your entry into Professional Psychological practice.
You will be expected to read widely the academic literature related to your areas of study.

Overview of Learning Resources

The learning resources associated with this course will include targeted readings taken from a range of both primary and secondary sources. Material chosen may be digitally available to you. Lecture material may utilise a variety of available technologies including Lectopia, Discussion Board interaction and Blackboard Collaborate workshops. Skill development activities will be provided in a variety of ways, including simulated learning activities. RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

Overview of Assessment

The assessment associated with this course will comprise a formative and summative assessment and incorporate a variety of assessment modes. Your diagnostic and formative assessments will take the form of tests, assignments and practice based exercises. Your summative assessment may include formal examinations and practical evaluations.

Assessments may also include use of online technology and are designed to require students to demonstrate a critical analysis of the core principles presented in the course.

For information on grades used in RMIT courses see:

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

This course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced, at: