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Department
Psychology
Course
PSYB32H3
Professor
Connie Boudens
Semester
Summer

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Psychological Assessment: An Example Was in a car accident – had whiplash, depression, anxiety (being in cars, other drivers), had been to an occupational therapist. Janet is administered a number of psychological measures to encapsulate any impairment in terms of: Validity Cognitive function (i.e., reading, intelligence screen) Psychology  Omnibus measure (PAI)  Posttraumatic Stress  Pain  Suicidality Janet was found to have an average intelligence and a post-secondary reading level, as well as providing a valid performance PAI was valid and indicative of depressive, anxious, posttraumatic, and somatic issues TSI valid, and elevated for all of the key indicators of PTSD Elevations on the measures of pain  The psychological report was completed indicating that Janet‟s scores were consistent with diagnoses of PTSD and an Adjustment Disorder with Depressed Mood  Counselling and medication recommended. Psychological Assessment: An Example Sheila was involved in a trip and fall accident on January 14, 2005. No LOC; No PTA; ….no noteworthy physical injuries Age 44; Bank Teller; College Education; Prior psychiatric contact for depression Injuries sustained in MVA according to medical file: back pain with no Whiplash Treatment provide to date: Twice monthly psychiatric contact, recently seen by psychologist who recommended treatment (and is willing to see her) Three times a week physiotherapy, no counseling Assessments to date: Occupational Therapy Assessment (negative), Neurological (negative), Psychological (Adjustment Disorder and Phobia) Currents psychological complaints include sadness, hopelessness, panic attacks, unable to drive, marital difficulties, flashbacks, and thoughts of self-harm Sheila is administered a number of psychological measures to encapsulate any impairment in terms of: Validity Cognitive function (i.e., reading, intelligence screen) Psychology  Omnibus measure (PAI)  Posttraumatic Stress  Pain  Suicidality Janet was found to have an extremely low intelligence (0.2nd percentile) and a high school reading level – This can‟t be accurate with her background. If she was actually in this There is a lot of NIM percentile, she‟d be mentally retarded and not able to carry out her job. If it had a malingering scale, it was invalid….. TOMM, PAI, TSI, P-3 were all invalid  The psychological report was completed indicating that there was no reliable and consistent objective evidence that supported her subjective complaints, and therefore no psychological diagnosis  No treatment recommendations Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: An Example (Neuropsychological Assessment) Joe was involved in a MVA (Major Vehicular Accident) on February 5, 2003.  LOC = <3min (Loss of Consciousness)  PTA = one hour (Post-traumatic Amnesia)  neg.CT  Vehic
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