Conduct a mental health screening interview

Formats and tools

Unit Description
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Assessment Tool
an assessor resource that builds a framework for writing an assessment tool
Assessment Template
generate a spreadsheet for marking this unit in a classroom environment. Put student names in the top row and check them off as they demonstrate competenece for each of the unit's elements and performance criteria.
Assessment Matrix
a slightly different format than the assessment template. A spreadsheet with unit names, elements and performance criteria in separate columns. Put assessment names in column headings to track which performance criteria each one covers. Good for ensuring that you've covered every one of the performance criteria with your assessment instrument (all assessement tools together).
Wiki Markup
mark up the unit in a wiki markup codes, ready to copy and paste into a wiki page. The output will work in most wikis but is designed to work particularly well as a Wikiversity learning project.
Evidence Guide
create an evidence guide for workplace assessment and RPL applicants
Competency Mapping Template
Unit of Competency Mapping – Information for Teachers/Assessors – Information for Learners. A template for developing assessments for a unit, which will help you to create valid, fair and reliable assessments for the unit, ready to give to trainers and students
Observation Checklist
create an observation checklist for workplace assessment and RPL applicants. This is similar to the evidence guide above, but a little shorter and friendlier on your printer. You will also need to create a seperate Assessor Marking Guide for guidelines on gathering evidence and a list of key points for each activity observed using the unit's range statement, required skills and evidence required (see the unit's html page for details)

Self Assessment Survey
A form for students to assess thier current skill levels against each of the unit's performance criteria. Cut and paste into a web document or print and distribute in hard copy.
Moodle Outcomes
Create a csv file of the unit's performance criteria to import into a moodle course as outcomes, ready to associate with each of your assignments. Here's a quick 'how to' for importing these into moodle 2.x
Registered Training Organisations
Trying to find someone to train or assess you? This link lists all the RTOs that are currently registered to deliver DEFPSY002, 'Conduct a mental health screening interview'.
Google Links
links to google searches, with filtering in place to maximise the usefulness of the returned results
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Elements and Performance Criteria



Elements describe the essential outcomes.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element.


Prepare for a mental health screening interview


Obtain and prepare documents in accordance with administrative procedures


Prepare a verbal brief for clients in accordance with activity requirements


Conduct psychological screening questionnaire with client and accurately score


Review psychological record prior to screening interview


Conduct a mental health screening interview


Use screening interview tool as a guide and record client responses in accordance with activity requirements


Use appropriate techniques to encourage an honest exchange of information


Apply relevant principles to establish an environment of trust and mutual respect


Use effective communication techniques to constructively handle negative responses


Observe and note client behaviour for further exploration


Use questioning techniques to determine moods, emotions and areas of client concern


Record key issues and client concerns in accordance with activity requirements


Respond to clients in crisis, in accordance with operational procedures


Discuss considered referral options and screening outcomes with client


Discuss education and support options with client


Conduct interview appropriately, demonstrating sincerity, courtesy and friendliness, in accordance with operational procedures


Perform post-selection activity administration


Gather and store psychology documents in accordance with organisational procedures


Report selection activity outcomes to relevant stakeholders, as required


Undertake appropriate disposal of used scoring instruments in accordance with operational procedures