Some of the main activities of professional psychologists consist of assessment, diagnosis, and evaluation covering the areas of personality, learning, forensic, and neuropsychological practice. Therefore, psychologists and graduate students need to be up-to-date with the latest testing instruments, and their appropriate use.
At one level, it is important to be able to administer tests efficiently, ethically, and reliably. At the next level, it is important to know enough about testing and diagnostic theory to become a skilled interpreter of results. It is important to make trustworthy and valid interpretations and conclusions for:
- learning recommendations (schools, colleges and universities);
- forensic issues (such as placement of children in foster care due to unsafe environments at home with testimony needed before the courts);
- personality assessments (in military settings to ensure that soldiers are fit to serve);
- neuropsychological settings (to assist individuals recovering from stroke and brain injury).
Many other situations (too numerous to mention here) require good evaluation and interpretive skills in the area of clinical and counselling psychology.
In order to use the information obtained by testing and assessment, an individual needs to be good at writing reports that will be trustworthy and offer valid and helpful observations and suggestions. Thus, students need plenty of practice in writing reports, along with acquired skills and knowledge.
The certificate and diploma programs are set up to provide students with the instruction and practical opportunities they need to become excellent in their abilities to complete psychological assessments, write reports and make helpful, reliable, and valid suggestions for the individuals or third parties seeking the assessments.
Two of the areas of assessment offered in the diploma and certificate programs, personality and intellectual assessment, provide the basic building blocks that serve as a base for other areas of assessment. Two other specialized areas include: (a) forensic assessment which is used with individuals who are involved with the criminal justice system, for the most part, and (b) neuropsychological assessment which is used with people across the lifespan who may have brain anomalies and behavior problems.For more resources please see our information booklet here (hotlink “here” to the following PDF: http://concordia.ab.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/May-5- 2017-Psychological-Assessment-Programs- for-2017-2018-FINAL.pdf
Welcome to the Psychological Assessment Certificate and Diploma Program (PsyA). My name is Ashleigh Massey and I’m very proud to be your first-ever PsyA Representative on the Concordia GSA! As a General Council Member, I will be your voice on the GSA, bringing your questions and concerns to the top level of student advocacy. I can’t wait to work with you for what is sure to be a very exciting year in our department.
A little about me: I’m starting my second year as a part-time student in the PsyA program, and I also work part-time as a psychometrist at a thriving private practice here in Edmonton. I am also a member of the National Association of Psychometrists. Before I turned to psychology as a career, I completed both a BA and MA in English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta. My previous experience at the graduate level will help me inform the shape of department growth here at Concordia, and I hope you’ll be with me every step of the way. Feel free to contact me at : email@example.com
with any questions or comments. I look forward to meeting you all and wish you a successful 2017/2018 school year!