{[ promptMessage ]}

Bookmark it

{[ promptMessage ]}

Lecture 7 - An Overview of Psychological Assessment Class 7...

Info icon This preview shows pages 1–5. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
An Overview of Psychological Assessment Class 7- Psychology 433 Dr. Keith Dobson Department of Psychology University of Calgary
Image of page 1

Info icon This preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Psychological Assessment Definition: The process of collecting information in a systematic, objective and empirical way about an individual’s functioning (cognitive, behaviour and/or personality) in relationship to their environment so that predictions and decisions that are in the best interests of the individual can be made. -psychological assessment is an iterative decision making process in which data are systematically collected from a person about their social, cultural and physical environments -based on an initial understanding of the problem, information is gathered so that the understanding of the problem is refined and there is an alteration in the assessment activities (cycle is repeated until enough information is obtained)
Image of page 2
Clinical psychologists frequently provide assessments for their clients—from basic interviewing and diagnosis to different types of psychometric testing. All therapy begins with an assessment. Many clients are referred specifically for an assessments. Assessments begin with a “referral question”. -psychological assessments are undertaken to address specific goals (ie. Evaluating a child’s cognitive abilities to determine if he is eligible for remedial services) -through the process of data collection, the psychologist generates hypotheses about the client and may therefore refine the initial assessment questions to examine these hypotheses -psychologists are required to be competent in conducting assessments (knowledge of psychometric theory, knowledge of the scientific and theoretical bases of assessment, knowledge, skills and techniques to measures different aspects of human experience, and knowledge to assess intervention outcomes)
Image of page 3

Info icon This preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Examples of Referral Questions 1. A person makes an appointment with you over the telephone for no clear reason. 2. Referral comes from family physician—man, early 40’s, complaints of cardiac symptoms, all medical tests are negative. Will you conduct a psychological assessment? 3. You work in a treatment program for psychiatric disorders. One of the patients is having difficulty following directions (i.e., gets lost on the way to group therapy, forgets names of staff, etc.). You are asked to assess and determine why this is happening. 1. You have a good questions. Choosing the right tools is the next step. Can start to speculate 4. Parents call for an appointment for their 8 year old child. This boy has begun bedwetting after 4 years of dry nights. Why? 1. Precise question – ready for assessment; pre-referral questions. You can choose different methods of assessment at this point 5. What is this patient’s diagnosis? Please differentiate between ___________ and ___________.
Image of page 4
Image of page 5
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

{[ snackBarMessage ]}

What students are saying

  • Left Quote Icon

    As a current student on this bumpy collegiate pathway, I stumbled upon Course Hero, where I can find study resources for nearly all my courses, get online help from tutors 24/7, and even share my old projects, papers, and lecture notes with other students.

    Student Picture

    Kiran Temple University Fox School of Business ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    I cannot even describe how much Course Hero helped me this summer. It’s truly become something I can always rely on and help me. In the end, I was not only able to survive summer classes, but I was able to thrive thanks to Course Hero.

    Student Picture

    Dana University of Pennsylvania ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    The ability to access any university’s resources through Course Hero proved invaluable in my case. I was behind on Tulane coursework and actually used UCLA’s materials to help me move forward and get everything together on time.

    Student Picture

    Jill Tulane University ‘16, Course Hero Intern