Field of psychology

Field of psychology

Field of psychology

PSY 550 Final Project Guidelines and Rubric
OverviewPSY 550 Final Project Vignette Two (1)
Assessments are essential instruments utilized in the field of psychology to support clinicians by informing treatment, understanding the breadth of one’s
functioning, providing insight, and helping with diagnostic clarity. Understanding how psychologists utilize tests, understand/interpret results, and develop
recommendations based on the assessments is key to providing the best treatment possible for the people you serve.
In this final project, you will be tasked with developing a conceptualization of an individual based upon background information and results from a few select
tests. In order to do so, you will examine research to understand the purpose of the chosen tests, why they were utilized, and how they help to inform the Field of psychology
overall understanding of the individual’s presenting problems. In order to formulate a comprehensive conceptualization and develop appropriate
recommendations, one must understand how to interpret tests and consider cultural/ethical issues associated with the vignette. This assessment provides a
simulation of what it would be like to examine assessments in your everyday work.
The project is divided into two milestones, which will be submitted at various points throughout the course to scaffold learning and ensure quality final
submissions. These milestones will be submitted in Modules Four and Seven. The final product will be submitted in Module Nine.
In this assignment, you will demonstrate your mastery of the following course outcomes:
x Assess the primary tools and methods used for the development of psychological tests and assessments for their validity and reliability
x Distinguish between the different domains of psychological tests and assessments for determining their appropriate applications
x Apply psychometric principles for interpreting and evaluating the results of psychological measurement instruments
x Determine the influence of cultural and environmental factors on psychological testing and assessment for ensuring psychometric soundness
x Assess the ethical issues involved in the administration and interpretation of tests and assessments
1Prompt
You will submit an assessment analysis for your final project. You will choose one of the provided case vignettes of a mock assessment, based upon your area of
interest, and use the information provided in the vignette to respond to the critical elements.
Vignette One
Vignette Two
Specifically, the following critical elements must be addressed:
I. Introduction: In your introduction, summarize the vignette you chose and address the following:
A. Develop a problem statement. In your response, identify a reason for the referral and identify the tests used to evaluate the client.
II. Test and Assessment Development Analysis: Test One
A. Describe how the test is administered.
B. Describe the populations for which the test is normed.
C. Explain the information the test yields.
D. Determine the reliability and validity of the test when administered to varying populations.
E. Describe the cut scores for “normal” versus “at-risk” and/or “clinically significant.”
F. Assess any cultural concerns for their impact on the effectiveness of the administration of the test.
G. Determine if there are any ethical issues in relation to administering the test.
H. Assess the methods for interpreting and communicating the results (e.g., scaled scores, percentile ranks, z-scores, t-scores) for their
appropriateness.
III. Test and Assessment Development Analysis: Test Two
A. Describe how the test is administered.
B. Describe the populations for which the test is normed.
C. Explain the information the test yields.
D. Determine the reliability and validity of the test when administered to varying populations.
E. Describe the cut scores for the test results. Be sure to identify the “normal” versus “at-risk” and “clinically significant” cut scores.
F. Assess any cultural concerns for their impact on the effectiveness of the administration of the test.
G. Determine if there are any ethical issues in relation to administering the test.
2H. Assess the methods for interpreting and communicating the results (e.g., scaled scores, percentile ranks, z-scores, t-scores) for their
appropriateness.
IV. Clinical Formulation
A. Analyze the results of the test using industry standard tools.
B. Determine a diagnosis based on the data provided.
C. Interpret the psychometric data from the test results to address the reason for the referral.
V. Recommendations
A. Recommend actionable ways to best treat the client based on the clinical formulation.
B. Assess potential ethical issues for their impact on presenting results to the client.
C. Determine strategies to present results to the client that are ethical and strength-based.
D. Discusses limitations of the analysis.
Milestones
Milestone One: Introduction and Research
In Module Four, you will submit a draft of the Introduction of the final project and Parts A through D of Sections I and II for tests one and two (the Test and
Assessment Development Analysis sections). This milestone will be graded with the Milestone One Rubric.
Milestone Two: Research and Clinical Formulation
In Module Seven, you will submit Parts E through H for tests one and two in the Test and Assessment Development Analysis section and the Clinical Formulation
section (Sections III and IV). This milestone will be graded with the Milestone Two Rubric.
Final Submission: Assessment Analysis
In Module Nine, you will submit your final project. It should be a complete, polished artifact containing all of the critical elements of the final product. You will
add your Recommendations section (Section V) to the revised milestone assignments. It should reflect the incorporation of feedback gained throughout the
course. This submission will be graded with the Final Project Rubric.
3Final Project Rubric
Guidelines for Submission: Your assessment analysis must be 8 to 10 pages in length (plus a cover page and references) and must be written in APA format. Use
double spacing, 12-point Times New Roman font, and one-inch margins. Include at least six references cited in APA format, including a references page.
Critical Elements Exemplary (100%) Proficient (90%) Needs Improvement (70%) Not Evident (0%) Value

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