Elements of Assessment in Clinical Psychology
Plan to spend 15 to 20 minutes with your volunteer “client” asking them to discuss a problem or issue they have been having. You will spend 5-10 minutes practicing non-directive, effective, and active listening skills while your client talks about a problem or concern. Your client will talk for up to a minute about a concern and then when he or she is done, you will briefly paraphrase thoughts and reflect feelings. Then, your client will speak again continuing with whatever thoughts are on his or her mind and you will repeat this exercise. In five minutes, you will probably each have a chance to speak three to five times.
If there is something you do not understand, you can ask a question for clarification. However, please keep in mind that most questions are disguised opinions of the listener. Please note that nowhere in this assignment should you tell your client what you think or what suggestions you have to solve their problem. Your entire focus with this exercise is to practice active and effective listening. If your friend would like to switch roles and practice non-directive active listening skills, then do so. Ask your volunteer for feedback on your listening skills.
Once you have received some feedback regarding your listening skills, you can focus on ways to improve your listening skills. Repeat the entire exercise with another 5-10 minutes (or another 5 minutes each way) as well as feedback on your second round of listening.
Now, pretend you are a graduate student intern presenting to a group of fellow interns about your experience. Create a narrated PowerPoint presentation that follows 6th Edition APA formatting citation and style, addressing the following:
1. Describe your experience with active listening.
a. What was easy? What was hard?
b. What feedback did you receive from your volunteer?
c. What steps can you take to improve your active listening skills?
2. Discuss the elements of an effective clinical interview.
a. What information do you need to collect? Why? Provide scholarly or peer-reviewed resources to support your responses.
3. Discuss the importance of informed consent.
a. What elements need to be present for an effective and ethical informed consent? Provide scholarly or peer-reviewed resources to support your responses.
4. What role does environment play in establishing rapport?
a. How might you set up your professional workspace to facilitate rapport building? Explain your reasoning and provide scholarly or peer-reviewed resources to support your responses.
5. What personal characteristics do you possess that will make you effective during the assessment and diagnostic process?
6. Going back to your volunteer client: if this was a true assessment for clinical services, which diagnostic assessment tool would you administer and why?
a. Choose any of the tools from Chapters 9 and 10. How would the information collected from this tool assist you with diagnosis and treatment for this individual? Provide scholarly or peer-reviewed resources to support your responses.