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Week 7 Assignment

Application: Cognitive Testing Instruments

How might a clinician determine a client’s cognitive abilities or how might a clinician integrate testing data reflecting a client’s cognitive abilities into a therapeutic intervention? Evaluating a test used to measure cognitive ability takes skill to recognize what type of cognitive assessment is most appropriate based upon the client’s presenting issues.

For this Assignment, review the interactive media, Virtual Client. Revisit the virtual client that you have selected and review the presenting issues. Consider what types of cognitive tests are appropriate to use to evaluate his or her cognitive abilities based on the client information. In addition, review the hypothetical cognitive tests results and analyze these results in light of your client’s presenting and in formulating a plan of treatment.

The Assignment (5–7 pages):

Part A:

  • Summarize the presenting problem of the virtual client and create a hypothesis.
  • Select a cognitive test from the Mental Measurements Yearbook. (Note: You are to select a test that is not listed in this week’s Learning Resources.)
  • Evaluate and explain why this test is most appropriate to assess the client’s cognitive skills and justify your selection.

Part B:

  • Evaluate the Mock Assessment Results provided below.
  • Explain whether the evaluation results support or invalidate your hypothesis of the presenting problem.
  • Justify your response.
  • Briefly describe which additional tests or assessment methods that you might consider for your client.
  • Explain two ways that you might integrate the evaluation results into client treatment planning and why.
  • Mock Assessment Results

    Locate your virtual client in the following list.

    Results of Assessment for CHC Factors:

    • Virtual Client 1: Weakness in Gs and Gr; Strength in Gf
    • Virtual Client 2: Weakness in Gs
    • Virtual client 3: weakness in Gr

    Reference

    Mental Measurements Yearbook

    • Test: Dunn, L. M., & Dunn, D. (2007). Peabody picture vocabulary test, fourth edition.
      Retrieved from the Walden Library using the Mental Measurements Yearbook database.
    • Test: Pearson. (2003). Otis-Lennon school ability test(r), eighth edition.
      Retrieved from the Walden Library using the Mental Measurements Yearbook database.
    • Test: The Psychological Corp. (1999). Wechsler abbreviated scale of intelligence.
      Retrieved from the Walden Library using the Mental Measurements Yearbook database.
    • Test: Wechsler, D., & Naglieri, J. (2006). Wechsler nonverbal scale of ability.
      Retrieved from the Walden Library using the Mental Measurements Yearbook database.
    • Test: Woodcock, R. W., McGrew, K. S., Mather, N., & Schrank, F. (2001). Woodcock-Johnson III diagnostic supplement to the tests of cognitive abilities.
      Retrieved from the Walden Library using the Mental Measurements Yearbook database.
  • Psychological Testing: History, Principles, and Applications
    • Chapter 5, “Theories and Individual Tests of Intelligence and Achievement”
      • Topic 5B: “Individual Tests of Intelligence and Achievement” (pp. 159–181)
    • Chapter 6, “Groups Tests and Controversies in Ability Testing”
      • Topic 6A: “Group Tests of Ability and Related Concepts”
  • Book Excerpt: Gottfredson, L. S. (2009). Logical fallacies used to dismiss the evidence on intelligence testing. In R. P. Phelps (Ed.), Correcting fallacies about educational and psychological testing (pp. 11–65). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
    Logical fallacies used to dismiss the evidence on intelligence testing. In R. P. Phelps, R. P. Phelps (Eds.), Correcting fallacies about educational and psychological testing by R. P. Phelps. Copyright 2009 by AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION (BOOKS). Reprinted by permission of AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION (BOOKS) via the Copyright Clearance Center.
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