Imagine you have landed an internship as a psychologist’s assistant within a mental health organization. The psychologist needs your assistance in creating a psychological report for one of her clients. She has presented you with two case histories (which you will find below) and has asked you to complete the entire report, in which you will analyze the case history of your choosing and the corresponding data dossier to suggest results, conclusions, and recommendations for the client. The recommendations a professional makes in this area could impact the follow-up actions that other professionals might take. Be sure to carefully analyze all data to ensure a best possible situation for either Arthur A. or Barbara B.
I’ve attached the guidelines and rubric to best explain the report. You will choose one of the case histories provided. APA format. I have attach an Example Paper
Within your report, specifically the following critical elements must be addressed:
I. Introduction and Data Analysis
a) Introduce the client’s case you chose by briefly recapping the background of the client you are assessing. What is the reason for referral? State the presenting problem and the questions to be addressed through your evaluation of the data. Relate the problem to the APA Ethical Code and the psychological assessment issues that could be encountered.
b) In your response, consider who is making the referral and how this impacts your assessment of the data; is the intended consumer of the report a parent, a school system, a mental health practitioner, a probation officer, or another stakeholder?
c) Describe how you will analyze your data by considering the following questions. What is the best way to organize your data to address your referral question? How do you make this technical information useful and understandable for the intended reader? Justify your choice of method with other research.
a) Using the field notes provided and, referring to the specific testing instruments and methods used, describe the pertinent client behaviors and test conditions relevant to test outcomes and conclusions. What is the setting for the observation? Was it a natural or contrived situation? Was the subject aware of the observation (Hawthorne effect)? How did the observed behaviors relate to the referral question?
b) How did the subject respond to testing? What was his or her level of comfort, effort, emotional state, and so on? Using other research, justify how the subject’s behavior could have been impacted by the test conditions.
III. Benefits and Limitations
a) Provide a rationale for the test selection used, a brief description of the tests used, and the obtained scores.
b) For each test performed in the case history, assess the different approaches used by examining the benefits and limitations of each test performed.
c) Relate the tests performed to the APA Ethical Code; did each test follow ethical guidelines? Justify your viewpoint by using current research and theory
a) Given test behaviors, how confident are you in your results? Rationalize and justify your opinion with research.
b) Address the common themes and/or contradictions in your client’s test results. What common themes emerged from the data? In your response, relate the results to the referral question. What information in your data is most relevant to your referral question?
c) Discuss the limitations of testing or threats to the reliability or validity of the results. What suggestions would you make for additional assessment? d) What evidence do you have to report to the psychologist to help her make a diagnosis? How might this evidence inform her diagnosis? Thoroughly explain your conclusion
a) Given the conclusions you made, explain whether or not you have enough information to make recommendations for treatment or other interventions. If so, identify, explain, and justify with research what your recommendations for future assessments would be.
b) Explain how your recommendations are consistent with evidence-based practice by relating your response to current and relevant research.
a) Upon completion of your recommendations section, reflect on the process and work you did to create this report. Address what evidence you found most useful and why.
b) What additional client information would have been useful? How would you obtain it?
c) What have you learned through this process? What would you like to know more about?