Psychological assement

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rior to any psychological assessment process, a clinician needs to formulate a clear assessment “question” or hypothesis in order to ensure that the information he or she receives from the assessment is useful. For example, if a child is referred for an assessment because of concerns about his or her behavior or for academic problems in school, one of the hypotheses or questions a clinician might pose are, “Does this child’s cognitive abilities meet the current academic demands?” This question may help determine the type of psychological test used in the assessment process, if any, a clinician might request and what additional recommendations might be needed.

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The purpose of any psychological assessment process is to provide information that will assist a clinician in making decisions related to a client’s needs or treatment. Such decisions might include diagnosis, most effective treatment approach, employability, and custody or visitation to name a few. Prior to any psychological assessment process, a clinician needs to formulate a clear assessment “question” or hypothesis in order to ensure that the information he or she receives from the assessment is useful. For example, if a child is referred for an assessment because of concerns about his or her behavior or for academic problems in school, one of the hypotheses or questions a clinician might pose are, “Does this child’s cognitive abilities meet the current academic demands?” This question may help determine the type of psychological test used in the assessment process, if any, a clinician might request and what additional recommendations might be needed. For this Assignment, select a virtual client from the interactive media titled, Virtual Client. Review his or her presenting problems, formulate two potential hypotheses/questions that might explain the presenting problems, and determine what assessment referrals you might recommend. Note: The virtual client that you select for this Assignment will be the virtual client that you use throughout the course to complete your assignments. The Assignment (2–3 pages): Formulate two potential causes for the presenting problems of the virtual client that you selected, and support your reasons for these possible explanations. Explain one type of assessment referral that you might make for the client and justify your selection. Support your Application Assignment with specific references to all resources used in its preparation. You are to provide a reference list for all resources, including those in the Learning Resources for this course. Introduction You will be presented three clients to whom you have been referred. Watch the following media to learn of their challenges, and at the end, decide which client you want to assess throughout the remaining weeks of this course. Sean Brody Eight year-old Sean Brody is a third grader with many challenges. Due to his parent�s impending divorce, for the past 6 months he has had to split his time between their separate households, as they negotiate a custody agreement. Prior to the separation, Sean�s biggest obstacle was his hearing impairment. He is currently enrolled in a self-contained classroom for the hearing impaired where the teacher and students are all fluent in ASL. Another risk factor has been the presence of chronically elevated lead levels. He has increasingly shown aggression with his peers in situations where he is both provoked, and not. Minor teasing by his classmates ends in physical fights. Being paired up with others to work on projects results in Sean acting irritably and giving up. Lack of participation in the classroom has resulted in lack of enthusiasm for his homework. Thus, he is failing most of his classes. Last week, Sean threw a chair at his tablemate, and is now facing expulsion, as he has already been suspended twice. Realizing that Sean�s problems are much larger than he can handle, the school guidance counselor has referred Sean and his parents to you for further assessment and treatment. Lanie Rosado Lanie is a 22 year-old �Enduring Freedom� veteran who was born in the United States, but raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. After serving in the military for 4 years, she has returned from deployment with an honorable discharge due to an injury. While on patrol, her Humvee hit a roadside bomb and Lanie�s dominant right hand was severely injured. She now has limited mobility in that hand. Six months removed from Afghanistan, she is enrolled full-time in her local community college, pursuing a Bachelor�s degree in Business Administration, all while going through weekly physical therapy sessions for her injured hand. Lanie, who was once very close to her family in Puerto Rico, has become withdrawn and rarely calls to update them on her wellbeing. Her relationship with her boyfriend is also strained. She has been having erratic mood swings and it is causing instability in her other personal relationships with friends and classmates. Although she is only in her first semester of college, Lanie is already failing. She has missed many classes. Her mood swings have not endeared her to her classmates, so teaming up with them to catch up on notes and group assignments has been difficult. After being encouraged by her boyfriend, Lanie has contacted military personnel for a psychologist referral. The psychologist, after reviewing Lanie�s case, has referred her to you for additional testing. Emma Kinch Emma Kinch is a 78 year-old native of Barbados who has spent the last 68 years living in the United States. Her husband of 60 years died 3 months ago. Emma has been blind since she developed severe cataracts at age 60, and her relationship with her husband was the main way in which she connected with the world beyond her immediate family. More recently, she has been exhibiting signs of deep sadness and irritability. She has become very withdrawn and no longer takes part in social circles such as church and the gardening club, both of which she and her husband were active members. Also, her children have noticed that she is having difficulty remembering and seems confused when faced with daily routines. Emma has also begun to have aggressive outbursts. Last month, her doctor diagnosed her with Hypothyroidism, and this combined with the mood changes and mental confusion has resulted in her children bringing her to you for additional assessment and treatment.
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