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PSD7115 Assessment I/Inognitive Assessment and Labtellectual and C

Course Description

This is the first of a three course sequence. This course is designed to provide the student with a broad understanding of the intellectual/cognitive assessment of adults, adolescents, and children. Teaching will include administration, scoring, and interpretation of some of the widely used cognitive, achievement, and neuropsychological screening measures: the Weschler Adult Intelligence Scale-IV (WAIS-IV), the Weschler Intelligence Scale for Children-IV (WISC-IV), the Wide Range Achievement Test 4 (WRAT 4), and the Bender II. Students will also learn about alternative cognitive measures including the Test of Nonverbal Intelligence 3 (TONI 3) and the Differential Ability Scales II (DAS II). The concept of adaptive behavior will be introduced as it is measured by the Vineland II Adaptive Behavior Scales, and its importance in the cognitive assessment process will be discussed. Students will also be taught how to conduct a thorough mental status exam with clients. The historical, cultural, linguistic, and socio-economic contexts of assessment and evaluation will be emphasized. A weekly lab is also required.