Prior to beginning work on this discussion, read Chapters 13 and 14 in the text. Review the ABS 300 Week Five Discussion Clinical Neuropsychological Report for Ms. Thompson. For this discussion, you will take on the role of graduate student working in a mental health clinic as a part of a practicum assignment. You have been assigned to work with Ms. Thompson. You are provided a copy of Ms. Thompson’s clinical neuropsychological report and your responsibility is to assist Ms. Thompson in following through with the psychologist’s recommendations. You will focus on recommendations #3-5 in the clinical neuropsychological report in order to address impairments in attention and concentration that are adversely impacting her learning and social functioning. When you meet with Ms. Thompson, you will be required to confirm the reason for referral and develop a personalized intervention plan. To determine your comprehension of the information in the assessment report, your practicum supervisor asks you to summarize the psychological assessment findings. To begin your initial post, write a one-paragraph summary of the most significant psychological test results from the clinical neuropsychological report that will inform how you approach goal-setting with Ms. Thompson. Your summary must be 200- 250 words.
In addition, as a part of your training experience, your practicum supervisor challenges you to carefully review the tests used to evaluate Ms. Thompson. You are then instructed to research additional assessment measures and compile a list of alternative psychological tests that could be administered to Ms. Thompson to measure each of the ability areas addressed in the clinical neuropsychological report. Your list must include at least one valid and reliable psychological test for each of the following categories: General Cognitive Assessment, Attention Test(s), Language Test(s), Visuospatial Test(s), Learning/Memory Test(s), and Test(s) of Reasoning/Abstraction. For the second part of your discussion post, present the list of alternative tests that you compiled and include relevant information from the course text or a peer-reviewed journal article to support your choices.
For all: Did you see the movie, “Concussion”?
MOVIE SYNOPSIS: In Pittsburgh, accomplished pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu uncovers the truth about brain damage in football players who suffer repeated concussions in the course of normal play. While conducting an autopsy on former NFL football player Mike Webster (David Morse), forensic pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu (Will Smith) discovers neurological deterioration that is similar to Alzheimer’s disease. Omalu names the disorder chronic traumatic encephalopathy and publishes his findings in a medical journal. As other athletes face the same diagnosis, the crusading doctor embarks on a mission to raise public awareness about the dangers of football-related head trauma (See also Ott, 2015 (Links to an external site.)).
I would like you to reflect on what you saw in the movie or from the trailer above from the point-of-view of a psychologist or neuropsychologist. It might help you to review Table 14-1: Some Brain-Behavior Characteristics for Selected Nervous System Sites and Table 14-3 Some Conditions that May Prompt Referral for Neuropsychological Evaluation in your text.
When adult clients come into counseling for emotional issues that may have cognitive symptoms, it is not common to ask about their participation in high school or college sports. However, based on what you learned from the movie or other research related to chronic traumatic encephalopathy, what should mental health professionals, teachers, physicians, and the general public know about chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE)?
Which psychological symptoms are associated with CTE? Which psychological tests do you think would be most helpful to administer to a client showing symptoms of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE)?
Which psychological tests do you think would be most helpful to administer to a client who is at risk for developing CTE but is not currently showing major symptoms?