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Psychometrics: Using and Interpreting Ability Measures with focus on the WAIS-IV

Wednesday 7th June 2017 at BPS Offices, Tabernacle Street, London

This workshop will explore the theory and use of ability tests in clinical settings. The psychological concept of intelligence will be critically considered. Attendees will learn the principles of ability testing and gain hands on experience of administration, scoring and interpretation of the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scales and the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children. The meaning of results obtained from such tests and their reliability will be discussed.

This workshop is for those counselling psychologists who wish to focus their CPD in order to update their competences in psychometrics in order to comply with the competencies required for practice by the HCPC. Those counselling psychologists who qualified some years ago will not have been provided, as part of their core training, competence in the use of psychometric measures. Measures of ability, such as the Wechsler Scales require psychologists to have skills which this workshop will provide.

Supervision of initial administrations, scoring and interpretation may be required in addition to this day workshop. The details of this will be discussed during the workshop so that if local psychologist support is not available alternate support will be arranged.

The workshop will be particularly useful for those psychologists at the end of their accredited training or post qualified who have not had the opportunity to engage in psychometric training. This will be a combination of both theory and hands on practice so attendees will be able to take their learning back to their workplace.

Learning Outcomes and Objectives

  1. Understand the implications of using psychometric tests for the client and for psychologists
  2. Know the theories of intelligence and ability which underpin the use of ability measures
  3. Know the basic statistical principles on which ability tests are founded
  4. Know the principles which allow accurate administration of Wechsler based materials such as the WASI, WAIS, WMS
  5. Know how to interpret results of ability tests and their implications re services and courts
  6. Understand the importance of providing appropriate feedback to clients

Places on this workshop are limited and are allocated on a first come, first served basis; a waiting list will be opened once the available places are filled.

Please note, this event is credit/debit card payment only at the time of booking. If you need an invoice, please submit your booking form and contact us.

Registration fees can be form on the booking form. If you have any queries please contact us via the event hotline on 01332 224506.


Wednesday 7th June 2017

Please note this is a draft agenda and subject to change

09:30Arrival & refreshments
10:00Workshop starts
12:30Lunch break & networking - please note lunch is not provided
13:00Workshop continues
16:30Workshop closes


BPS Offices, Tabernacle Street, London

The British Psychological Society, 30 Tabernacle Street, London, EC2A 4UE