Psychological Assessment and Testing – Draft of Conclusions, Recommendations, and Reflection
PSY 335 Milestone Three Guidelines and Rubric
Prompt: This milestone provides you an opportunity to work more closely with your data by requiring you to identify common themes that emerged from the data, to analyze the reliability and validity of the data, to offer recommendations for the client, and to reflect on the entire process. Milestone Three also provides you an opportunity to reflect on the work you did in the first two milestones.
Specifically, the following critical elements must be addressed:
1. a) Given test behaviors, how confident are you in your results? Rationalize and justify your opinion with research.
2. 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?
3. c) Discuss the limitations of testing or threats to the reliability or validity of the results. What suggestions would you make for additional
4. 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.
1. 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.
2. b) Explain how your recommendations are consistent with evidence-based practice by relating your response to current and relevant research.
1. 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.
2. b) What additional client information would have been useful? How would you obtain it?
3. c) What have you learned through this process? What would you like to know more about?
Guidelines for Submission: Your paper must be submitted as a two- to three-page Microsoft Word document with double spacing, 12-point Times New Roman font, one-inch margins, and at least three sources cited in APA format.
Case History Two—Barbara B. Case Analysis:
a). Client’s Case
The case involves a 22-year-old recent graduate named Barbara and currently employed as an entry level accountant at a large advertising agency. Recently, Barbara has been feeling tired all the time and lacking energy. This has continued for approximately two weeks. Moreover, she has lost interest in socializing and performing daily routines. Her past entails attending a small southern college where she graduated with a degree in advertising (Koocher & Keith-Spiegel, 2016). She has had a busy social life which involves many clubs and activities which included soccer.
Reason for Referral
Barbara decided to make a self-referral assessment due to the fact that she has been lately feeling so tired with no strengths at all. She also decided to make the self-referral since she has changed to disliking socializing which she has been involved in for most of her life. She thus had to go to a psychologist so that the problem can be diagnosed.
Therefore, the problems which are to be addressed in her visit is the cause of such sudden changes. Relating to the APA ethical code of psychological assessment, the issues which can be encountered is asking her for her experience with her private life such as love life. She should assent and willingly answer the questions asked.
b). Referral and the Impact of Assessment
The person making the referral is Barbara who is the victim and giving a reason on why she is making the referral from her report and how she feels. In response to her referral report, it can be depicted that the impact of assessment will be effective and enable her to improve since she is the one who has realized the problem she has and thus saw a need to overcome such problem.
c). Ways of Analyzing Data
The data can be analyzed by critical analysis and the interpreting the report so that the rational can be found to the emergence of the recent Barbara’s feelings. She should then be examined so that the report findings can be compared with the findings by a doctor so that the right diagnosis can be carried out (Miles, Huberman, & Saldaña, 2014).
The best way to organize the data is by first going through the report of a referral made by Barbara then comparing with the physician report. This will help in addressing the question of the cause of Barbara’s feelings. In order to make this technical for the intended reader to understand, simple language can be used which is understandable to the reader. These include avoiding the use of many medical terms.