Psychological Assessment ReportA psychological assessment report is created by psychology professionals to inform groups or individuals of the assessments appropriate for their current needs. This type of report also includes a summary of the services provided to these groups or individuals. This evaluation is used by the various entities to assess basic needs, competencies, preferences, skills, traits, dispositions, and abilities for different individuals in a variety of settings.Psychological reports vary widely depending on the psychology professional creating it and the needs being assessed. Some of the psychology professionals who create this type of report include counselors, school psychologists, consultants, psychometricians, or psychological examiners. This type of report may be as short as three pages or as long as 20 or more pages depending on the needs of the stakeholders. Many reports include tables of scores that are attached either in an appendix or integrated into the report. Despite the many variations in assessment reports, most include the same essential information and headings.Students will choose one of the personality assessment scenarios from the discussions in Weeks Two, Three, or Four to use as the basis of this psychological assessment report. Once the scenario has been chosen, students will research a minimum of four peer-reviewed articles that relate to and support the content of the scenario and the report as outlined below. The following headings and content must be included in the report: The Reason for Referral and Background InformationIn this section, students will describe the reasons for the referral and relevant background information for all stakeholders from the chosen personality assessment scenario.Assessment ProceduresIn this section, students will include a bulleted list of the test(s) and other assessment measures recommended for the evaluation of the given scenario. In addition to the assessment(s) initially provided in the personality assessment scenario from the weekly discussion, students must include at least three other measures appropriate for the scenario.Immediately following the bulleted list, students will include a narrative description of the assessments. In the narrative, students will examine and comment on the major theoretical approaches, research methods, and assessment instruments appropriate for the situation and stakeholder needs. In order to defend the choice of recommended assessments, students will evaluate current research in the field of personality theories and provide examples of how these assessments are valid for use in the chosen scenario. For additional support of these recommended assessment measures, students will evaluate the standardization, reliability and validity, and cultural considerations present in these personality assessments that make them the most appropriate tools for the given scenario. Students will conclude the narrative by assessing types of personality measurements and research designs often used in scenarios like the one chosen and providing a rationale for why some of those assessments were not included.General Observations and ImpressionsIn this section, students will describe general observations of the client during the assessment period provided in the chosen personality assessment scenario and explain whether the client’s behavior might have had a negative impact on the test results. Students will analyze and comment on how the APA’s Ethical Principles and Code of Conduct affected the implementation of the personality assessment during the initial process. Based on the observations and analysis, students will assess the validity of the evaluation and make a recommendation for or against the necessity for additional testing.Test Results and InterpretationsIn this section, students will analyze the results of the assessment provided in the chosen personality assessment scenario. Based on the score, students will interpret the personality factors (conscientiousness, openness, emotional stability, introversion, extroversion, work drive, self-directedness, etc.) that are present.Note: Typically, this section reports test results and is the longest section of a psychological assessment report because the results of all the tests administered are analyzed and reported. Some psychologists report all test results individually, while others may integrate only a portion of the test results. However, in this report, only the assessment presented in the chosen personality assessment scenario will be included.Summary and RecommendationsIn this section, students will summarize the test results. They will provide a complete explanation for the evaluation, the procedures and measures used, and the results and include any recommendations translating the evaluation into strategies and suggestions to support the client. Finally, students will provide any conclusions and diagnostic impressions drawn from the previous sections of the report.Pathbrite Portfolio The Masters of Arts in Psychology program is utilizing the Pathbrite portfolio tool as a repository for student scholarly work in the form of signature assignments completed within the program. After receiving feedback for this Psychological Assessment Report, please implement any changes recommended by the instructor, go to Pathbrite (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. and upload the revised Psychological Assessment Report to the portfolio. Use the Pathbrite Quick-Start Guide (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. to create an account if you do not already have one. The upload of signature assignments will take place after completing each course. Be certain to upload revised signature assignments throughout the program as the portfolio and its contents will be used in other courses and may be used by individual students as a professional resource tool. See the Pathbrite (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. website for information and further instructions on using this portfolio tool.Writing the Psychological Assessment ReportThe report:Carefully review the Grading Rubric (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your assignment.PSY615: Week Two Counseling-Based Personality Assessment Scenario PSYCHOLOGICAL EVALUATION (Williamsburg Mental Health Center) Jane Smith Date of Evaluation: 10/12/2013 Case No.: 12783A Admission Date: 10/8/2013 PURPOSE FOR EVALUATION: This is the second admission of a 32-year-old female to the Center. The client has 14 years of formal education and is employed as an administrative assistant at a local community college. She was admitted due to signs of major depression with possible psychotic features. The purpose of this clinical evaluation is to assess the client’s current mental well-being and the extent of her need for clinical intervention. ASSESSMENT PROCEDURES: The clinical psychiatrist on duty recommended the following assessments: • Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2 (MMPI-2) • Mental Status Examination • Review of Prior Psychological Assessment • Review of Prior Medical Records • Clinical Interview ASSESSMENT RESULTS: Note: Typically, this section reports test results of all the recommended assessments. Here you are provided with the abbreviated results from the MMPI-2, the Mental Status Examination, Review of Prior Medical Records, and Clinical Interview. Adjustment Level Jane’s elevated scores on Depression (T = 94) and Psychasthenia (T = 92) scales indicate her dissatisfaction with her life situation and feelings of hopelessness and inadequacy. Symptoms Jane appears to suffer from major depression, which is evident in her elevated Harris-Lingoes subscales on depression (D1, T = 101; D2, T = 89; D3, T = 80; D4, T = 99; and D5, T = 80). These scores and a high score on the Social Introversion scale (T = 79) indicate chance of suicidal PSY615: Week Two Counseling-Based Personality Assessment Scenario tendencies. She may withdraw from personal relationships and struggle with separation, which links to her depression. Perceptions of Environment and People Jane’s elevated scores on Fears (T = 77) and Anxiety (T = 80) indicates that she does not feel safe or comfortable in most environments. Reaction to Stress Jane’s elevated D1 subscale and low ego strength indicate that she is not able to cope well with stress, even under normal circumstances. Jane likely reacts to stress by withdrawing and isolating herself from the stressors. Self-Concept Jane’s score on Low Self-Esteem (T = 89) is evidence of low ego strength and a poor selfconcept. Emotional Control Jane seems to have a lack of emotional control with her depression. She appears to be struggling with feelings of hopelessness and despair. Elevations in level of depression should be monitored, particularly if the elevations extend over a long period of time. Interpersonal Relationships In addition to her depression, Jane’s score on Social Introversion (t = 79) indicates she is aloof, ruminative, and withdrawn. Other indicators include elevated scores on Familial Discord (T = 72) and Family Problems (T = 83), which supports the evidence that she may have turmoil in the family. Psychological Resources Jane has attended college and appears intelligent. She has some satisfaction with work, so she knows that she is successful on some level. Her high score on Negative Treatment Indicators (TRT, T = 85) coupled with depression may indicate a negative attitude toward therapy. Social Dynamics Jane’s parents are divorced and her home life was likely filled with conflict and dissention. Her parents were highly critical, which may be the source of her isolated introversion, anxiety, and depression. Diagnostic Impressions Jane’s MMPI profile indicates that she suffers from major depressive disorder and she is at risk for suicidal tendencies. Jane may also have a bipolar personality and problems with mental processes, but she does not appear a danger to others at this time. PSY615: Week Two Counseling-Based Personality Assessment Scenario BACKGROUND INFORMATION: The client is a 32-year-old, single white female who was previously admitted one year ago for possible suicidal ideation and major depression. She has an associate’s degree and is currently working for a local community college as the administrative assistant for the dean of the business school. She does not have a record of suicide attempts or long-term hospitalization in a mental health facility. She is a single female with no family history of mental illness. MENTAL STATUS EXAMINATION: Observational conclusions of the patient’s attitude were as follows: Open and cooperative, and her mood was euthymic. Her affect was appropriate to verbal content and showed broad range. Her memory functions seemed grossly intact and she was able to recall events and factual information. Her thought process was intact, goal oriented, and well organized. The client indicated no evidence of delusions, paranoia, or suicidal/homicidal ideation. Her level of personal insight appeared to be good, as evidenced by ability to state her current diagnosis and by ability to identify specific stressors that precipitated the current exacerbation. Social judgment appeared good, as evidenced by appropriate interactions with staff and other patients in the center and by cooperative efforts to achieve treatment goals required for discharge.
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