PSY240H5 Lecture Notes - Neurological Examination, Positron Emission Tomography, Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging

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Published on 16 Oct 2011
School
UTM
Department
Psychology
Course
PSY240H5
Professor
PSY240 Lecture 5
Chapter 4: Clinical Assessment
The Basic Elements in Assessment
In the initial clinical assessment an attempt is made to
Identify the main dimensions of a client’s problem
Predict the likely course of events under various conditions
Establish baselines for psychological functions so that the effects of treatment can be measured
The goals of psychological assessments include:
Identifying and describing symptoms
Determining the chronicity and severity of problems
Evaluating the potential causal factors in the person’s background
Exploring the individual’s personal resources that might be assets in treatment
A good assessment should include information on
overall physical wellbeing
intellectual functioning
personality characteristics
env’tal pressures
env’tal resources
Notable deficits
Something you can notably tell?
Personality deficits
Use specific inventories
Acceptance for help
Social context
Do they have any other type of support? Friends? Coworkers?
…… to name a few …..
How clinicians go about the assessment process often depends on their basic treatment orientations
Which perspective are they coming from?
Biologically orientated will be different from someone who is Freudian. Humanist might say
“there’s some sort of blockage in your personal world” etc etc.
For psychological assessment to proceed effectively, the client must feel comfortable with the clinician
What makes an effective clinician?
What kind of environment are they setting for the client?
Assessment of the Physical Organism
Many psychological problems have physical components as
Causal factors
Chronic disease?
Medical examination
Data collection
Therefore, it is often important to include a medical examination in the psychological assessment
If organic brain damage is suspected, neurological tests can aid in determining the site and extent of organic
brain disorder
The neurological examination may include
An **EEG (dysrhythmia)
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In the initial clinical assessment an attempt is made to. Identify the main dimensions of a client"s problem. Predict the likely course of events under various conditions. Establish baselines for psychological functions so that the effects of treatment can be measured. Determining the chronicity and severity of problems. Evaluating the potential causal factors in the person"s background. Exploring the individual"s personal resources that might be assets in treatment: a good assessment should include information on intellectual functioning. To name a few . : how clinicians go about the assessment process often depends on their basic treatment orientations. Which perspective are they coming from: biologically orientated will be different from someone who is freudian. There"s some sort of blockage in your personal world etc etc. For psychological assessment to proceed effectively, the client must feel comfortable with the clinician. Assessment of the physical organism: many psychological problems have physical components as.