Week 1: Fall 2010 semester
Assessments and Tests is going to to be very challenging and analytical. Surprisingly, I think I may have a harder time with Marriage and Family Systems. I’m really nervous about having to make a genogram to analyze a family unit:P I hate charts!!! :P:P:P ack! I thought I escaped diagramming when I got out of English Education (sentence diagrams)…guess not.
Sorry not to have as much for everyone tonight. I’m going to post a funny clip and a neat video in a little while. I’ll be buckling down in my course work over the next week/week and a half. My goal is to get 2-4 weeks ahead on the syllabus so that when I have to travel for my residency I don’t fall horribly behind and have a total melt down 😄 Psychologically speaking, you might say that I’m initiating a mini stress breakdown in order to prevent being overwhelmed with stressors at an unmanageable level.
Assessment, Tests, and Measures: This week was an introduction to the different roles of counselors and how assessment is essential in each of these roles. The role I picked to analyze was Evaluation for Accountability. This role involves usage of assessment data to provide information to a third party such as a school, managed care, or court ordered situation (Whiston, 2009). An article I explored, which went into greater detail about court ordered evaluation was written by Patel and Jones (2008) and I’ve included the reference bellow. You can find the article on EBSCHost. It goes into step-by-step descriptions of what is involved in such a mental health evaluation, the differences between evaluation and patient treatment, and the ethical/legal implications of this role on issues like confidentiality.
Patel, S., & Jones, K. (2008). Assessment of Family Custody Issues Using Mental Health Evaluations: Implications for Mental Health Counselors. Journal of Mental Health Counseling, 30(3), 189-199. Retrieved from Academic Search Premier database.
Whiston, S. (2009). Principles and applications of assessment in counseling. Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole.