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Ashford 3: – Week 2 – Assignment

you are taking the role of a Psychological evaluator. Need ethical standpoint. need to be professional like you are knowledeable and as if you are really working as a Psychological evaluator. if you quote, cite person & yr. use quotations. references need to be Scholarly articles from my profeesional who are experienced in this field. APA . NO INTERNET SOURCES AT ALL!!!

Client History Report Draft

For this assignment, you will write the first four sections of the psychological assessment report that will be completed in Week Five. Taking on the role of a psychological evaluator, you will formulate vitally important methodological and theoretical assessment conceptualizations of a client during the initial phases of the assessment process. You will apply your conceptualizations to develop a clear understanding of the presenting concerns. In the initial sections of your psychological assessment report, you will summarize results obtained from examining the following information pertaining to your client: identifying information, reason for referral, presenting concerns, and relevant personal history. The content of this section must demonstrate an ethically and professionally responsible rationale for the use of psychological assessment tools. View the complete instructions for the Final Paper in the link within Week Five of your online course or the ???Components of Course Evaluation??? section of this guide. This week, your assignment must cover the following sections of your psychological assessment report and include the headings as listed:

I. Identifying information??
Within this section, you will record basic information on your client including the person???s name, sex, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, handedness, and occupation or grade level. For the purposes of this assignment, you are free to create any relevant demographic information that is not explicitly stated in the case scenario. All information you create must be consistent with the information provided and any conclusions you draw in subsequent sections of your paper.

II. Reason for referral??
Within this section describe the referral source and the purpose of the assessment. The information you provide in this section must justify the decision to conduct a formal psychological assessment based and must model ethically and professionally responsible assessment practices.

III. Current Symptoms/Presenting Concerns
The information in this section of the report would typically come from an interview with the client and family (if applicable, e.g., if the client is a child or person with suspected dementia).?? You must use the information provided in case history to identify the most salient information that belongs in this section. Choose information to include in this section based on the consistency with the reason for referral and purpose for testing. Here is where you will apply your methodological and theoretical assessment formulations of the client that will justify the decision to conduct a psychological evaluation on this client.

IV. Psychosocial History (complete each of the sections below based on the information in the case you selected)

  • Educational history
  • Occupational history
  • Medical history (including substance use/abuse)
  • Psychiatric history
  • Social history

Your assignment must be of sufficient depth and detail to support and inform your eventual diagnostic impressions. A cursory or surface level review of the client???s presenting problem and history will unlikely provide enough information for your diagnostic impression. The assignment must also include a page with relevant references based on your initial impressions of possible diagnostic considerations from the history that you have reviewed.

The Assignment:

  • Must be at least 2.5 to 3 single-spaced pages in length (not including title and reference pages).
  • Must include a title page with the following:
    • Title of paper
    • Student???s name
    • Course name and number
    • Instructor???s name
    • Date submitted
  • Must use at least 2 scholarly sources, 1 of which must be an original peer-reviewed research article, in addition to the course text.
  • Must document all sources in APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
  • Must include a separate title page and reference page that is formatted according to APA style as outlined in the??Ashford Writing Center.

Carefully review the??Grading Rubric??for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your assignment.

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Client History Report Draft??(Discussion)

Day 7

You have a choice of three scenarios. It is perfectly okay to create additional demographic or background history information as long as the information you create is consistent with the other information provided.

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Statistics refresher (Ch. 3)recommended/as needed

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assignment 2 will follow through to week 5’s final paper:::

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Ashford 6: – Week 5 – Final Paper

Psychological Assessment Report

Psychological assessment reports are written by psychology professionals who work in a variety of settings. In addition, professionals in many different subfields within psychology, education and health must be able to read, understand and apply information provided in psychological assessment reports in order to effectively serve their clients. For your Final Assignment, you will demonstrate your knowledge of psychological assessment by applying the information you have learned throughout this course in the interpretation and write up of a psychological assessment report.???? Your Final Paper will be based on one of the case information/data tables that have been provided in the course.?? The three cases consist of one adolescent assessment, one adult assessment, and one geriatric assessment.?? Depending on your particular area of interest you may choose which one of the three cases you would like to use for your Final Project.

As you write up your assessment report you will be taking on the role of a clinician who is conducting an assessment and providing treatment recommendations for the client that you choose from the list provided. You must use the information provided in case history and identify the most salient information that belongs in each section. Do not simply copy and paste the information provided. You must make a professional judgment about which information is the most important information to include in the psychological report and where to include that information in your report. Your assessment report must follow the format below and it must include each of the sections and their headings listed below:

I. Identifying Information??
Within this section, you will record basic information on your client including the person???s name, sex, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, handedness, and occupation or grade level. For the purposes of this assignment, you are free to create any relevant demographic information that is not explicitly stated in the case scenario. All information you create must be consistent with the information provided and any conclusions you draw in subsequent sections of your paper.??

II. Reason for Referral??
Within this section describe the referral source and the purpose of the assessment. The information you provide in this section must justify the decision to conduct a formal psychological assessment based and must model ethically and professionally responsible assessment practices.??

III. Current Symptoms/Presenting Concerns
The information in this section of the report would typically come from an interview with the client and family (if applicable, e.g., if the client is a child or person with suspected dementia).?? You must use the information provided in case history to identify the most salient information that belongs in this section. Choose information to include in this section based on the consistency with the reason for referral and purpose for testing. Here is where you will apply your methodological and theoretical assessment formulations of the client that will justify the decision to conduct a psychological evaluation on this client.??

IV. Psychosocial History (complete each of the sections below based on the information in the case you selected)

  • Educational history
  • Occupational history
  • Medical history (including substance use/abuse)
  • Psychiatric history
  • Social history

V.?? Interpretation of the Results
In this section explain your interpretation of the results in the data table provided for the case you selected.???? Utilize the information available and create appropriate subheadings to organize the results.???? For example, if your data table contains information on intelligence and achievement, then you should create appropriate subheadings to organize your findings in this section of the report. Create a sufficient number of subheadings to allow you to provide interpretations for all assessment instruments administered. If you have more than one measure of a particular psychological construct (e.g., personality and emotional functioning), present your interpretations of all measures that apply to that construct under the same subheading.

VI. Diagnostic Impressions
Based on the history provided and interpretation of test results, use the DSM-5 to provide a diagnosis (or diagnoses) for the client in a manner that demonstrates the ethical and professional use of assessment results.?? You must justify your diagnostic conclusions based on your knowledge of the validity and reliability of the assessment instruments.?? If there are multiple potential diagnoses to consider, then these must be explained and justified as well.???? Also include information about alternative diagnoses and why these were not chosen.??

VII. Recommendations
Within this section, provide treatment recommendations for the client based on the diagnosis and information about the client???s current living situation.?? Develop recommendations that are evidence-based and include peer-reviewed articles that support your choice(s).

The Assignment:

  • Must be 5 to 7 single-spaced pages in length (not including title and reference pages).
  • Must include a separate title page with the following:
    • Title of assignment
    • Student???s name
    • Course name and number
    • Instructor???s name
    • Date submitted
  • Must use at least 5 scholarly sources, including a minimum of 2 peer-reviewed articles published in the last 10 years from the Ashford University Library.
  • Must document all sources in APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
  • Must include a separate title page and reference page that is formatted according to APA style as outlined in the??Ashford Writing Center.

Psychological Assessment Report??
(Final Assignment)

Day 7

You will complete the psychological assessment report you began in Week 2. Make sure to write your complete report based on the correct set of data for the case you selected. You will need both the Case Study document and the MMPI interpretive report for your client to complete the assessment. Pay close attention to all of the requirements as provided in the instructions.

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Thank you for being a wonderful class and best of luck to you!

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ABS300: PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSESSMENT

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Welcome to Week Five

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Subfield of Psychology

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Description

Clinical psychology

Primary focus is on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of abnormal behavior with a focus on the more severe forms of psychopathology.

Counseling psychology

Shares similar concerns with clinical psychology, but focuses on the more ???everyday??? concerns of human life (e.g., marriage, family, academics, and career).

Neuropsychology

Focuses on the relationship between brain functioning and behavior. Subspecialty areas include pediatric neuropsychology, geriatric neuropsychology, forensic neuropsychology, and school neuropsychology.

Forensic psychology

Represents and intersection between psychology and the justice system. Forensic psych. plays a role in punishing and preventing crimes, defending against conviction for crimes, as well as other legal matters such as wrongful termination, child custody decisions, child abuse and neglect, personal injury cases, and the prevention of recidivism.

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The tools employed by each branch of psychology overlap considerably.

Welcome to Week 5!??I hope you have enjoyed this course and that you have developed a good, introductory understanding of psychological assessment. This week we will focus primarily on Clinical, Counseling, Neuropsychological, and Forensic Assessment. As we review the tests used in these contexts, you will encounter many familiar names???tests that have been discussed previously (e.g., tests of intelligence, personality, and emotional functioning). In clinical, counseling and neuropsychological settings, a primary reason for conducting psychological evaluations is to aid in determining which diagnosis is most appropriate for a client in order to make reasonable treatment recommendations. The tool most mental health professionals in the U.S. use for assigning diagnoses is the fifth edition of the??Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders??(American Psychiatric Association, 2013). Do take time to familiarize yourself with how to access the DSM-5???you will need it to complete your psychological assessment report. Access instructions are provided below as well as in the course materials.

When you located the DSM-5, you may have noticed that directly to the right of the??DSM-5??link is a link to the??DSM-5?? Handbook of Differential Diagnosis.??Chapters 2 and 3 in the??Handbook??are also helpful in distinguishing which diagnosis to assign when the client has symptoms that could fit in more than one category.

Now, back to testing???

Common reasons for conducting psychological assessments are to determine the answer to the questions, ???Does this person have a mental disorder????,???If so, which one(s)????, ???What is this person???s current level of functioning????, and ???What type of treatment can benefit this individual????(Cohen, Swerdlik, & Sturman, 2013). A key concept to pay attention to in your text is the authors??? discussion of??Culturally-Informed Psychological Assessment.

Culturally-Informed Psychological Assessment

  1. An approach to evaluation that is keenly perceptive of and responsive to issues of acculturation, values, identity, worldview, language, and other culture-related variables as they possibly impact the evaluation process or interpretation of resulting data.
  2. ADRESSING:??Age,??Disability,??Religion,??Ethnicity,??Social status,??Sexual orientation,??Indigenous heritage,??National origin,??Gender

(Cohen, Swerdlik, & Sturman, 2013).

Before conducting a full assessment battery

If you noticed the costs of the major psychological tests, it will not surprise you that conducting a full psychological battery can be quite expensive to the financially responsible party. While insurance companies can often negotiate a reduced rate of reimbursement, it is not uncommon for a full battery to cost $1500.00 to $2000 or more. Thus, there is definitely a market for brief assessments of cognitive, personality, emotional and behavioral functioning. There are a number of screening tools and procedures that are often conducted first to determine if a more comprehensive test battery is needed.

The Mini Mental State Examination (MMSE)

One example of a common screening test used in clinical assessment is the Mini Mental State Examination (MMSE).?? It is free and available in the public domain. The MMSE is used by primary care physicians, social workers, psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors and other health professionals to determine whether there is evidence of cognitive impairment (Folstein, Folstein, & McHugh, 1975).????

The MOCA (Montreal Cognitive Assessment)??is another commonly used screening tool.


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Strengths of screening tests

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Weaknesses of screening tests

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  1. They are standardized methods of examination with guidelines for administration and scoring.
  2. They provide objective measurements based on normative data.
  3. They assist in quantifying the level of functioning.
  4. They can be used to help educate patients and families, and in treatment planning.
  5. They can be used to assess change over time.
  6. They can be used to identify someone who needs a referral for a comprehensive neuropsychological evaluation.

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  1. The tests are not as reliable or valid as comprehensive measures.
  2. Test performance can be influenced by multiple factors such as premorbid IQ, motivation and effort, mood, environment.
  3. Several may be administered by individuals who lack optimal training and expertise to interpret the results responsibly.
  4. Some tests have questionable validity when used with healthy adults (See Spencer et al., 2013).
  5. Screening cannot be relied on for a diagnosis.
  6. See additional findings by Holsinger et al. (2012).

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For those who are interesting in industrial and organizational psychology (I-O Psychology), counseling psychology, or career counseling, take a look at Chapter 16 in your text book to learn more about the use of assessment in careers and business. As with other types of assessments, there are a variety of tests to help in various phases of career choice. Interest inventories are most frequently used to assist individuals with career choice. However, it is also common for ability and aptitude measures to be used to assist with both career choice and career transition decisions. A well-known test in the career counseling and I-O Psychology is the??Wonderlic Personnel Test??(WPT) which measures general mental ability (spatial skill, abstract thought, and mathematical skill). You may remember the WPT from the article in Week 3 by Blickle, Kramer, & Mierke (2010)???they used the Wonderlic Personnel Test (WPT) to assess the quality of intelligence testing by telephone with a sample of working adults and compared the results with intelligence testing by face-to-face test administration.

Self-Assessment: A Tool to Boost Career Prospects

In the recommended reading article, Krishna (2014) presents the Self-SWOT assessment to aid in understanding what success means to the individual and assists in making career choices. The full article (available in the AU Library) contains the complete instructions for conducting a self-assessment to assist with career prospects. Krishna argues that gone are the days in which individuals dwelled on one career for their entire working lives. Because career transitions can be costly decisions, using all available information and resources to assist in the decision-making process is advised.

Because jobs are increasingly complex and dynamic, and corporations hold higher expectations of employees than in prior decades, the most desired employees are those who are open to new responsibilities, opportunities, and change. Being diligent in?? learning (and strategically unlearning and relearning) is vitally important to long-term career success. According to Krishna, self-assessment leads to self-awareness and assists in the ability to recognize personal strengths and opportunities. The ???Self-SWOT assessment??? is a tool provided to increase self-awareness???and ultimately boost career prospects (Krishna, 2014). Although we said, ???Just for Fun,??? self-assessment can be both fun and serious business.

Box 1 presents a variety of skills preferred for a range of careers. Review the list to aid you in pinpointing the skills that you possess and your strengths.

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Box 1:??Skills Inventory
Krishna (2014)

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Analytical Skills

  • Brainstorming ideas/problem-solving
  • Calculating numerical data/Synthesizing data/Extracting relevant data/Compiling data
  • Categorizing data/Maintaining records or files
  • Monitoring processes/Systematic processes
  • Conceptualizing new ideas/Strategizing/Budgeting expenses/Observing trends/Patterns
  • Computer programming
  • Researching/Evaluating
  • Communication Skills???oral and written
  • Multicultural competency
  • Advocating/Counseling/Coaching
  • Interviewing/Consulting
  • Counseling/Motivating
  • Listening/Interpreting languages
  • Artistic expressions
  • Persuading/Promoting/Selling
  • Teaching/Writing
  • Public speaking

Managerial/Organizational Skills

  • Coordinating/Delegating/Initiating/Leading
  • Decision making/Fund raising/Mediating/Mobilizing
  • Managing/Organizing/Negotiating/Persuading/Planning
  • Recruiting/Setting policies/Supervising
  • Teambuilding/Mentoring

Technical/Manual Skills

  • Artistic design/Making crafts/Sewing/Cooking
  • Building devices/Constructing buildings
  • Mechanical design/Computer programming
  • Operating equipment/Repairing

The list of values presented in Box 2 are provided to help with determining whether the type of job you desire gives you the most satisfaction and is the most suitable for you. Again, the full instructions on how to apply this information in a self-assessment is available in the Krishna (2014) article.

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Box 1:??Work Values Exercise
Krishna (2014)

Help Society:??Do something that contributes to improving the world we live in.
Public Contact:??Have a lot of day-to-day contact with people.
Work with Others:??Work as a team member towards common goals.
Affiliation:??Be recognized as a member of a particular organization.
Make Decisions:??Have the power to decide on courses of action and policies.
Work Alone:??Do projects on your own with minimal contact with others.
Competition:??Engage in activities that clearly compare my abilities to others.
Power and Authority:??Oversee and delegate work activities of other people.
Work Under Pressure:??Work in situations where time pressure and deadlines are
prevalent.
Influence People:??Be in a position to change attitudes or opinions of other people.
Knowledge:??Engage in the pursuit of knowledge and truth.
Intellectual Status:??Become an expert in a given field.
Artistic Creativity:??Engage in creative work related to the arts.
General Creativity:??Create new ideas for programs, written materials and
organization.
Aesthetics:??Study or appreciate the beauty of objects and ideas.
Change and Variety:??Have work responsibilities, which frequently change.
Precision Work:??Work in settings where details are extremely important and
there is little margin for error.
Stability:??Have job duties and work routines that are highly predictable.
Security:??Be assured of keeping my job and a reasonable financial reward.
Recognition:??Be acknowledged publicly for the quality of my work.
Fast Pace:??Work in situations where there is a lot of activity and tasks must
be completed quickly.

How does it all end?

Regardless of the reason an individual is referred for a formal psychological evaluation, the psychologist conducting the assessment is almost always expected to write a psychological assessment report. Different professionals display some differences in terms of what they include in a report, and some go into much more detail than others. However, the ultimate goal is to summarize the assessment findings and (usually) to make recommendations (e.g., specific actions, treatment, referral, additional assessment, and occasionally???no further action). While it is uncommon for bachelor???s level graduates to write full psychological reports unless they are working under the supervision of a licensed psychologist, it is common for individuals with bachelor???s degrees to have to read and interpret the contents of psychological reports and to assist with carrying out specific recommendations made in the report. To demonstrate your ability to understand, interpret, and synthesize information from multiple sources, the final project in this course is to complete the write-up of a psychological assessment report. Do be sure to incorporate any feedback you received on your Week 2 assignment into your Week 5 final paper.

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