Clinical Assessment
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleSOW-PSB3DH21E
Credits (ECTS)2
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Social Sciences; Psychology;
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dr. R. Beijers
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Contactperson for the course
drs. C.M.S. Martina
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drs. C.M.S. Martina
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S. Meevis, MSc
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M.B.E. Peperkamp, MSc
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Academic year2018
PER1-PER2  (03/09/2018 to 03/02/2019)
Starting block
Course mode
Remarkscourse starts in period 2, see schedule
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesNo
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
After this course you will have general knowledge of psychological assessment in clinical practice. Also you will acquire hands-on experience with clinical test methods in a series of practical sessions. More specifically, you:
-          Have theoretical knowledge of psychological assessment (FQ 1, 3),
-          Have insight into psychological assessment in clinical practice (FQ 1, 3, 5, 6),
-          Know, understand and can use clinical test methods (FQ 3, 5, 6),
-          Can reflect on your own competencies, professional knowledge and skills and professional attitude in psychological assessment (FQ 6).
Psychological assessment is crucial to the practice of professional psychology as it is necessary to understand peoples psychological problems. Did you know that fully 91% of all practicing psychologists engage in assessment? Did you know that  of 64% of all nonacademic advertisements listed assessment as an important prerequisite? Did you realize that assessment is more than just testing? Did you know that assessment is more than simply placing a diagnostic label on a person? Did you know that a good assessor is like a good detective?
Assessment is a decision-making process in which the assessor iteratively formulates and tests hypotheses by integrating information collected from a number of sources in a dynamic fashion.  A competent scientifically minded assessor is one who has adequate knowledge about tests and their psychometric properties, but also a comprehensive understanding of the science underlying human behavior. For example, a competent assessor must understand psychopathology, neuropsychology, health psychology, and developmental psychology in order to guide decisions about the appropriate questions to ask and the appropriate (test) data to gather for a particular client and a particular assessment goal. Also, a competent assessor needs well-developed clinical skills for gathering data, interpreting and integrating data, and presenting the interpretations and implications to clients and other professionals. 
This course will cover both the theoretical knowledge of psychological assessment as well as a broad range of assessment practices useful for clinical practice. The lectures will focus on the theoretical knowledge of and insight into the assessment process. The practical training is concerned with psychological tests which are used to assess cognitive development and functioning in diverse settings. More specifically, you will learn basic assessment skills for administering, interpreting and integrating (test) data, and presenting and communicating assessment results, as well as the implications, to a client and to other professionals. Finally, you will increase your reflection on these skills.
This course is required in order to fulfill the requirements for the Basic Psychodiagnostics Certificate (Basisaantekening Psychodiagnostiek; BAPD).

  • Exam: 30 Multiple choice questions; theoretical knowledge and insight.
  • Individual report on integration, interpretation and communication of clinical assessment results; application.
  • Reflection on basic clinical assessment skills (formative assessment in digital portfolio).
  • Active participation (formative assessment).
A passing mark for both the MC exam and the individual report, as well as for the formative assessments is a prerequisite for successful completion of this course.  
Only Psychology students of the Radboud University will be admitted to Clinical Assessment.
Enrolment for this course is open once you have attended (or attend) Conversational Skills for Psychologists.

Required materials
Clinical Assessment: Diagnostic Decision Making. (Available October 1st.)
Title:Clinical Assessment: Diagnostic Decision Making.
Author:Witteman, C., van der Heijden, P., Claes, C.l (2018).
Publisher:Utrecht: De Tijdstroom.

Instructional modes
Attendance MandatoryYes

Three lectures (2 x 45 min); attendance mandatory.

Attendance MandatoryYes

Three practicals (2 x 90 min, 1 x 165 min); attendance mandatory.

Self Study
Attendance MandatoryYes

Multiple choice
Test weight60
Test typeMultiple choice
OpportunitiesBlock PER2, Block PER3

Psychodiagnostic report
Test weight40
Test typePaper
OpportunitiesBlock PER2, Block PER3

Reflection Psychodiagn. decision making
Test weight0
OpportunitiesBlock PER2, Block PER3