Writing Psychological Reports: A Guide for Clinicians / Edition 2

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This new second edition brings the same refreshing matter-of-fact guidance that made the first edition so popular with both students and professionals. Although the suggested format for psychological evaluations remains essentially the same, the authors have updated and expanded several sections within that format to enhance the quality of the evaluation report. A new section, Notification of Purpose and Limits of Confidentiality, has been added and new material on background information and the use of collateral information has been included. New examples have been added to supplement and clarify the text and a new example of a full report is presented. The Recommendations section has also been modified to incorporate specific strengths and problem areas. This book offers a wealth of descriptive information, organizing questions, guidelines, and other strategic information to make your written report as clear, comprehensive, and error free as possible.

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This guide for students, interns, and clinicians describes how to write a general psychological report. A single report format is presented with an explanation of the content for each section of the format. A sample confidential psychological evaluation is included in the appendix. The text is not intended to describe test administration, scoring, or interpretation. The authors are both clinical psychologists working in Virginia. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781568870762
  • Publisher: Professional Resource Exchange, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/1/2002
  • Edition description: 2ND Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 143
  • Sales rank: 1,179,811
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Table of Contents

Dedication iii
Preface to the Second Edition v
Introduction xi
Chapter 1 Before Beginning 1
Rationale for a Report 1
Fundamental Guidelines 2
Confidentiality and Ethics 8
Computerization 9
The Report Writer 10
The Organization of the Report 10
Chapter 2 Preresults Sections 13
Report Heading and Demographic Information 13
Reason for Referral 14
Notification of Purpose and Limits of Confidentiality 17
Evaluation Instruments and Sources of Information 18
Background Information 18
Behavioral Observations 23
Chapter 3 Results Section: Intellectual and Cognitive Functioning 33
Orientation, Sensation/Perception, and Cognitive Focus 37
Orientation (Sensorium) 37
Sensation/Perception 38
Cognitive Focus (Concentration and Attention) 39
Intellectual Functioning 40
Academic Achievement 43
Language Functioning 44
Other Specific Cognitive Functions 45
Visuomotor Functioning 45
Abstractness-Concreteness 47
Calculating 47
Memory 48
Localization and Degree of Impairment 50
Reporting Questionable Findings 51
Conclusion: Intellectual and Cognitive Functioning 52
Chapter 4 Results Section: Personality Functioning 53
Introduction 53
Theoretical Formulation 56
Emotional Factors 59
Intrapsychic Factors 65
Ego Defenses and Underlying Affect 67
Conflicts 69
Overt Manifestation of Intrapsychic Issues 71
Intrapsychic Self-Perception and Identity 71
Insight 74
Interpersonal Functioning 75
Interpersonally Passive-Active/Hostile-Dependent 76
Issues of Autonomy (Independence) 78
Position Within Family 79
Social Functioning and Dynamics 81
Social Skills 83
Social Learning Style, Manipulation, and Secondary Gains 83
Sexual Feelings and Behaviors 85
Interpersonal Conflicts 86
Conclusion: Personality Functioning 87
Chapter 5 Impressions/Diagnoses 89
Chapter 6 Summary and Recommendations 91
Summary 91
Recommendations 92
The Management of Specific Areas of Concern 93
Immediate Needs 96
The Integration of Strengths 97
Other Hints for Recommendations 98
Chapter 7 Conclusion 101
Appendix A Psychological Evaluation Format: Guideline Questions 105
Appendix B Psychological Evaluation Format 113
Appendix C Example: Confidential Psychological Evaluation 121
References 133
Cited References 133
Additional References 136
Subject Index 139
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