An overview of individual and group approaches to assessment and evaluation, as these have developed historically from a traditional educational and psychological perspective, through a more focused counseling perspective, with suggested applications appropriate for contemplative practitioners. The course covers basic topics of standardized and non-standardized testing and other assessment techniques, including inventories, observations, and computer-managed methods. Topics include psychometric statistics, factors related to the assessment and evaluation of individuals, groups, and special populations, case conceptualization, assessment, and diagnosis. Ethical and legal considerations are integrated throughout the course. Issues of diversity related to development of and selection of assessment instruments are also explored. The course also provides an understanding of basic classifications, indications, and contraindications of commonly prescribed psychopharmacological medications for referrals and identification of side effects. Course fee.
Course Number: CNSC700
Units: 3.0