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Psychological Assessment Report

A 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 Information In this section, students will describe the reasons for the referral and relevant background information for all stakeholders from the chosen personality assessment scenario. Assessment Procedures In 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 Impressions In 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 Interpretations In 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 Recommendations In 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 report: •Must be six to ten double-spaced pages in length and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center. •Must include a title page with the following: ◦Title of paper ◦Student’s name ◦Course name and number ◦Instructor’s name ◦Date submitted •Must include the required headings and content as listed above. •Must address the topic of the paper with critical thought. •Must utilize assessment manuals as necessary to support the inclusion and results of the assessments. •Must use a minimum of four peer-reviewed sources, at least two of which must be from the Ashford University Library. •Must document all sources in APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center. •Must include a separate reference page that is formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center. PSY615: Week Four Career Counselor-Based Scenario Career Counseling Assessment Prepared for John Lee April 28, 2014 Reason for Referral John was referred to the Career Counseling Center to assist him with choosing a major area of study and potential career paths based on his knowledge, skills, abilities, and preferences. John is a first-year university student currently enrolled in general education courses. Assessments Used A career preferences profile will be constructed for John based on his stated interests, educational background and focus, and abilities. Potential career paths will be recommended based on the complete profile. The following individual assessments were used in the overall assessment. • NEO-R Personality Assessment • Career Goals Questionnaire • School and work history • Interview Below is the breakdown of aspects of John’s personal style based on the Big Five Assessment taken as part of the career profile. The select questions indicate his personal style on each of five global trait dimensions: Openness, Conscientiousness, Extraversion, Agreeableness, and Neuroticism/Emotional Stability. There is no “right” or “wrong” or “good” or “bad” side to these dimensions; rather, they help identify John’s stylistic disposition and potential strengths. Below each global trait is an example of personal style and three related questions with some examples of traits on each of the poles. PSY615: Week Four Career Counselor-Based Scenario Openness Openness is the level of a person’s receptiveness to novel ideas, change, innovation, and new learning. On the continuum, this can be seen as preference for change on one end of the spectrum and preference for stability on the other. Preference for Change You value new learning, change, and innovation and find motivation in novelty, variety, and possibilities for improvement. New tasks and new learning are stimulating and attractive to you. Answer each of the questions listed below by marking the selection that best describes your present agreement or disagreement with each statement. Preference for Stability You value familiarity, predictability, and precedent, and find comfort in stability, routine, and tradition. New tasks and new learning may be uninteresting or demanding for you. Strengths • You enjoy new learning and are open to new experiences. • You are creative and prefer to be in an environment that fosters ideas and innovation. Weaknesses • You can become bored easily in situations that are too rigid and routine. • Your preferences do not lend themselves toward repetition and traditional ways of doing things. PSY615: Week Four Career Counselor-Based Scenario Conscientiousness Conscientiousness is the factor related to one’s reliability, dependability, trustworthiness, and the inclination to follow norms and rules. Structured Orderly, organized, and predictable, you strive to work according to plan and obey the rules, and you expect others to do the same. Comfortable with established procedures and policies, you appreciate reliability and conscientiousness in those around you. Answer each of the questions listed below by marking the selection that best describes your present agreement or disagreement with each statement. Flexible Spontaneous, flexible, and adaptable, you strive to get results, by unconventional means if necessary, and feel restricted by rules and regulations. Comfortable with ambiguity, you appreciate originality and nonconformity in those around you. Strengths • You are very dependable and prefer to know exactly what is expected of you. • You are punctual and careful in how you go about your work. • You are flexible to a degree, but prefer to have input in how changes are made in your work environment. Weaknesses • You do not always agree with and follow rules and regulations, particularly if you do not think them fair. • You are comfortable with only some changes and do not like organizational chaos. PSY615: Week Four Career Counselor-Based Scenario Extroversion Extroversion is a tendency to be outgoing, social, expressive, and talkative. Introverted Inward-oriented and reserved, you prefer one-toone or small group meetings to larger groups. You like to concentrate on one task at a time in a quiet setting with few distractions. Interacting with others takes energy; you re-energize by spending time alone. Answer each of the questions listed below by marking the selection that best describes your present agreement or disagreement with each statement. Extroverted Outgoing, gregarious, and talkative, you enjoy meetings and gatherings of all kinds and conversations with many people. You like to work interactively on multiple tasks and don’t mind interruptions. Being alone takes energy; you reenergize by spending time with people. You are outgoing and easily liked by others. • You work well in teams and are comfortable with being on several projects at once. Weaknesses • You may not always complete every project you start. • You tend to perform less well when you are given independent tasks. PSY615: Week Four Career Counselor-Based Scenario Agreeableness Agreeableness is a propensity for working well with a team and functioning cooperatively on group tasks. Empathetic When appraising problems and drawing conclusions, you focus on the feelings and concerns of the people involved. Empathetic and considerate, you prefer to take account of emotions and personal sensitivities in your decisions. Answer each of the questions listed below by marking the selection that best describes your present agreement or disagreement with each statement. Tough-Minded When appraising problems and drawing conclusions, you focus on the facts involved and an objective analysis of results and costs. Dispassionate and logical, you prefer to make decisions based on data and demonstrable impact on the bottom line. Strengths • When making decisions, you tend to pay close attention to what others think and feel. • You react to conflict by taking into account the opinions and perspectives of everyone involved. Weaknesses • It may be difficult for you to make difficult decisions such as terminating an employee. • You do not always take into account facts and objectives when making decisions. PSY615: Week Four Career Counselor-Based Scenario Neuroticism (Emotional Stability) Emotional Stability has to do with a person’s overall level of adjustment and the tendency to remain emotionally stable when faced with stress and pressures. Emotionally Resilient Resilient to work pressure, you can handle high levels of job stress without becoming upset. Calm when faced with stressors and conflict, you don’t internalize tensions, and you recover quickly from disappointments and setbacks. Answer each of the questions listed below by marking the selection that best describes your present agreement or disagreement with each statement. Emotionally Reactive Reactive to work pressure, you are drained by stress and conflict in your work environment. You respond strongly to stressors, readily internalize tensions, develop symptoms of strain, and recover slowly from setbacks. Strengths • You are able to handle a high degree of stress and maintain a positive outlook. • You do not hold grudges long and are able to work well in times of conflict. Weaknesses • You may internalize work pressures when they become too intense in a short period of time. • You may not be receptive to others’ emotional reactions to pressure in the workplace. PSY615: Week Four Career Counselor-Based Scenario Summary and Recommendations You are very outgoing and open to new experiences. You are emotionally stable and seem to enjoy interacting with others most of the time. You seem to prefer a large degree of interaction with others and your ideal working situation is one in which you work with a team and/or directly with clients. You tend to prefer to work in an organization that values flexibility, creativity, and independence, while providing stability and support. You probably would not like to work in an environment with a high degree of turnover and organizational change. With your priorities for group interaction and customer satisfaction, it may not be ideal for you to work in organizations where you have little contact with customers and coworkers. Below are some suggestions for career paths that might best fit your preferences, as well as some that might not be ideal for you. Best-fit Work Situations • Customer service • Sales • Management • Health care professions working directly with clients Worst-fit Work Situations • Accounting • Truck driver • Computer programmer • Engineer
A 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.
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