Case Study: Presenting issue: Barbara B. is a 22-year-old recent college graduat

Case Study: Presenting issue: Barbara B. is a 22-year-old recent college graduate. She is currently employed as an entry-level account representative in a large advertising agency, a job she recently started in a large city in the Northeast. She made a self-referral for assessment, reporting that she has been feeling tired and lacking in energy for about four weeks. She has reported a loss of interest in socializing and performing daily routines, such as exercising. She is questioning her vocational choice and finds she has difficulty keeping her mind on her work. Psychological assessment was requested to gain more information about her present functioning and to aid in intervention planning for Barbara. Background: Barbara graduated with honors with a degree in advertising from a small southern college. She described a busy social life, with involvement in many clubs and activities, including the soccer team. Observations: Barbara arrived for her appointment on time and was open in discussing her history and present concerns. She did note that she had overslept and rushed to keep the appointment, so she had not eaten that morning. She completed the assessments in a thoughtful manner, occasionally asking clarifying questions. She had some difficulty in responding to the projective tests, stating she was worried she would give incorrect answers. Introduction and Data Analysis a) Introduce the client’s case you chose by briefly recapping the background of the client you are assessing. What is the reason for referral? State the presenting problem and the questions to be addressed through your evaluation of the data. Relate the problem to the APA Ethical Code and the psychological assessment issues that could be encountered. b) In your response, consider who is making the referral and how this impacts your assessment of the data; is the intended consumer of the report a parent, a school system, a mental health practitioner, a probation officer, or another stakeholder? c) Describe how you will analyze your data by considering the following questions. What is the best way to organize your data to address your referral question? How do you make this technical information useful and understandable for the intended reader? Justify your choice of method with other research. Specifically the following critical elements must be addressed: II. Observation a) Using the field notes provided and, referring to the specific testing instruments and methods used, describe the pertinent client behaviors and test conditions relevant to test outcomes and conclusions. What is the setting for the observation? Was it a natural or contrived situation? Was the subject aware of the observation (Hawthorne effect)? How did the observed behaviors relate to the referral question? b) How did the subject respond to testing? What was his or her level of comfort, effort, emotional state, and so on? Using other research, justify how the subject’s behavior could have been impacted by the test conditions. III. Benefits and Limitations a) Provide a rationale for the test selection used, a brief description of the tests used, and the obtained scores. b) For each test performed in the case history, assess the different approaches used by examining the benefits and limitations of each test performed. c) Relate the tests performed to the APA Ethical Code; did each test follow ethical guidelines? Justify your viewpoint by using current research and theory.

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