You have been providing counseling to a 14-year-old male who was referred due to substance abuse and a criminal conviction for drug sales…….
© 2012 Laureate Education, Inc. Page 1 of 2 Psychological Assessment Client Scenarios Scenario 1 You have been providing counseling to a 14-year-old male who was referred due to substance abuse and a criminal conviction for drug sales. Treatment progress has been slow and you believe that additional clinical information will be useful. Your agency provides access to computerized scoring and interpretation of the MMPI-2. You have some knowledge of the MMPI-2 from your Tests and Measurements Course in graduate school. You have your client complete the assessment and use the agency’s software for scoring and interpretation. The interpretative report indicates that your client scored very high on Scale 4 Psychopathy. The report indicates that the prognosis for treatment is poor and the there is a high risk for continued substance abuse. You report the results to your client’s probation officer and recommend that the client be referred for residential treatment. Scenario 2 A 4-year-old female has been referred to you by her biological mother. The parents are divorced and the father has sole custody but allows the child to visit her mother and grandparents in the summer. The mother has indicated to you that she is attempting to gain custody because her ex-husband is a “drunk and a womanizer.” The mother indicates that the child is frequently tearful, sad, is afraid to be alone, and has a nightmare that “someone is trying to get her.” After several sessions, the mother tells you that your client told her that her father “touched her in a bad way.” You ask the child about this but she denies anything has happened. You continue to have concerns and administer the House-Tree-Person Projective Drawing Test and the Family Kinetic Drawing Test. Using references from your local university library, you conclude that your client has significant anxiety, sexual pre-occupation and has suffered some type of trauma. You report the findings to the child’s mother, provide a report to the mother’s attorney and inform the local Child Protective Agency that the child has been sexually abused. Scenario 3 You have been seeing a 25-year-old, single mother of three. Her presenting complaint was severe stress and anxiety. One of her concerns is the impact of her emotions on her ability to be a good parent. In addition to psychotherapy she is taking an antidepressant and anti-psychotic. She has attended all sessions and has been actively involved in treatment. © 2012 Laureate Education, Inc. Page 2 of 2 During your last session your client tells you that she was reported to the local child protective services agency for alleged neglect. She denies any neglect and asks you to send a report indicating that she is a good parent. Scenario 4 You are completing your internship at a community mental health center. Other staff are aware that you have had coursework in psychological assessment. One of your co-workers brings you a family drawing by a 4-year-old female that contains (what appears to be) sexual activity. Your co-worker is seeking consultation with regard to the possibility of sexual abuse. Your co-worker asks you to provide your professional opinion based upon your knowledge of psychological assessment.