Monday, May 26, 2014

Imagine that you are conducting a neuropsychological assessment as presented in chapter ten of the text (Hogan, 2007). Identify your hypothetical client, your place of business, and what test you would be using and why you chose to use that particular test. Include in your case study what supplementary information you would gather and how it would be relevant to your assessment.

          As the clinical psychologist at Monarch, I specialize in the treatment of children, adolescents, and young adults who suffer from psychological disorders. One of the patients referred to me was a 17 year old female high school senior who along with her parents were concerned about her ability to continue on to college after high school. My patient was having recurring problems after she was in a car accident and was unable to focus on school or focus on her intention to continue on to college. As for the car accident, my patient's car was hit head on by another car at a low rate of speed. My patient drove an older model car without airbags; therefore, she hit her head against the steering wheel and suffered a broken arm. After the accident my patient was unable to concentrate on school or her intentions to continue on to college because of her recurring problems, such as flashbacks of the accident, bad dreams, and frightening thoughts.
          Before my patient's neuropsychological evaluation, I gathered supplementary information, such as medical, psychiatric, psychosocial history, school records, and other necessary information. After such information is gathered, I chose to use a flexible battery approach because the patient's medical history shows no signs of brain damage and I wanted to gain more insight into my patient's psychological state because I believe my patient is suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Also, test result show my patient has a higher than normal rate of intellectual ability; school records even show my patient's high rate of intellectual ability. 
          I determine that my patient may be able to concentrate on school and concentrate on her intention of going on to college if she is screened for PTSD and receives effective treatment if indeed she suffers from PTSD.             
Hogan, T. P. (2007). Psychological testing: A practical introduction (2nd ed.).  Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

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