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Syllabus
PSY-R8312: Assessment: Integrated Report Writing and Case Discussion
Clinical Psychology Year-in-Residence

Residency description
This face-to-face residency course is the culmination of previous residency courses and is
focused on how information gathered through clinical activities is used to build an
integrated psychological report. Learners incorporate client information, assessment
results, theory, and research into written psychological reports; discuss their findings
and support their conclusions with peers; and practice presenting in a group setting.

This residency is associated with PSY8240, Advanced Psychological Testing.

The following courses prepare students for this residency:

PSY8230 Psychological Testing

PSY8240 Advanced Psychological Testing

PSY-R8304 Introduction to Psychological Testing

PSY-R8309 Assessment: Adult Cognitive, Achievement and Adaptive Functioning

PSY-R8310 Assessment: Child Cognitive, Achievement and Adaptive Functioning

PSY-R 8311 Assessment: Personality

This residency helps prepare students for the following courses:

PSY8316 Evidence-Based Practice in Psychology

PSY-R8313 Assessment: Measuring Treatment and Program Effectiveness

PSY-R8315 Practicum Readiness Evaluation

PSY-R8316 Residency Capstone: Preparing for Practicum


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Residency objectives
After active participation in all units and completion of required exercises, learners will
be able to:
1. Utilize multiple methodologies in the Psychological Evaluation that best answer
the referral question/s. GOCs: 5.2.1, 5.2.2, 5.2.3

2. Select appropriate and well-validated instruments based on an understanding of


research design and psychometric properties. GOCs: 3.3.2, 5.1.2

3. Conduct an in depth clinical interview, including review of client presentation,


relevant history, collateral material and mental status. GOCs: 4.1.2, 4.1.3

4. Write an integrated psychological evaluation that includes client information,


collateral material, assessment results, theory, and research to answer referral
questions. GOCs: 4.2.5, 5.2.1, 5.3.1, 5.3.2

5. Incorporate relevant information about referral questions, impressions, and


recommendations into clinical reports. GOCs: 4.2.5, 5.3.1, 5.3.2, 5.3.3

6. Apply ethical standards in assessment and report writing, including but not
limited to the selection of tests that have been standardized on diverse
populations, and are appropriate for the clients being assessed and the purpose of
the assessment. GOCs: 2.1.1, 2.1.2, 3.3.2, 4.2.5, 5.3.2

7. Understand various purposes of psychological evaluations and the need to score


and interpret in a manner appropriate to the referral question/s. GOCs: 4.2.5,
5.2.3

8. Develop specific evaluation formats to utilize in various non-clinical settings, i.e.


Forensic, School, and Industrial. GOCs: 4.2.5, 5.2.1, 5.3.2

9. Apply professional competencies associated with successful training and practice


of psychology. GOC 1.3.1, 1.3.2, 1.3.3, 1.3.4, 1.3.5

Course Materials

To be used for all types of report writing with adults:


The school will provide WAIS-IV, WRAT-IV and MMPI-2 Manuals.
Mini Mental Status Examination-II Edition Expanded Version, WMS IV
To be used for forensic evaluations:
Ethical Considerations: Irreconcilable Differences between Therapeutic Care and
Forensic Examination
Relationships
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To be used for Neuropsychological Evaluation Report Writing in the Forensic and General
Domain:
List of Aphasia Disorders
One of the below:
Cognistat Neuropsychological Screening
Adult Neuropsychological Questionnaire
Quick Neurological Screening Test-Revised Edition

You may find the following resources helpful:


Format for Clinical Psychological Report:
http://www.msresource.com/psy_rpt.html
http://ijahsp.nova.edu/articles/1vol2/KenneyReview.html
http://www.ehow.com/how_6365651_write-psychological-
assessment-
report.html

Course Requirements
1. Full attendance throughout the residency.
2. Participation in all learning activities.
3. Completed outcome documentation.

Personal Disclosure
To provide the best learning experience, the residencies encourage learners to
participate in experiential exercises and discussion topics that may include disclosure of
information that is personal. Learners are asked to use their best judgment to
determine what is appropriate involvement and disclosure. Learners are always
welcome to decline to share. Also, to provide the most conducive learning
environment, we request that you keep confidential all the personal material that is
shared in the residencies.

Americans with Disabilities Act


Learners with an ADA disability on file with Capella University should communicate with
the Associate Director of Training for Residency Programs and the faculty instructor
prior to the beginning of this residency about any accommodations needed to allow the
learner to demonstrate competence in skills of this residency.
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Learning Activities

1 hour Welcome and Introductions: Format of the Weekend in Residency


Residency Objectives: 9

2h 45m Presentation of types of Psychological Evaluations and Different Contexts


for Evaluations. Example of a Custody Case Residency Objectives: 1, 2,
7, 8, 9

15m Review of Components of a General Psychological Evaluation


Residency Objectives: 4, 9

1h 15m In groups of two, practice in administering the Mini Mental Status


Examination-II, and scoring the instrument, and a brief
neuropsychological screening. Residency Objectives: 1, 2, 7, 9

1h 30m Subject 1 (New subject provided) Write up the Referral Question,


clinical interview material and MSE. Incorporation of the WAIS-IV,
WRAT-IV, MSE and MMPI-2 into the report.

Subject 2 (Caucasian Male from a Rural Community) Write up the Referral


Question, clinical interview material and MSE. Incorporation of the WAIS-
IV, WRAT-IV, MSE and MMPI-2 into the report. (Learners are to bring the
basic report with them and will add the MSE and refine work with each
other.) Residency Objectives: 1, 4, 5, 6, 9

1h 45m Continuation of the Report on Subject 1 & 2 (Subject 1) Impact of


cultural/ individual differences factors on interpretation.
Residency Objectives: 1, 4, 5, 6, 9

1h Summary, Diagnosis and Treatment Recommendations, Impact of cultural


factors on diagnosis. Residency Objectives: 1, 4, 5, 6, 9

2h Samples of various types of Psychological Evaluations, question and answer


session.

Emphasis: Ethical considerations in selecting methodology


Avoidance of dual role relationships
Cultural/individual differences factors in the choice of selecting
methodology and
interpretation
Residency Objectives: 1, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9

3h 15m Psychological Evaluations used in the Forensic Domain. Residency


Objectives: 1, 4, 6,7, 8, 9
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1h Evaluations using psychological methodology for Industrial Settings


Residency Objectives: 1, 4, 6,7, 8, 9

1h 30m Psychological Evaluations in School settings. Brief Write Up Residency


Objectives: 1, 4, 6,7, 8, 9

30m Completion of Paperwork and Feedback

No homework is required.
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