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Assignment Templates Essay

Templates include correct APA format as well as the sections required for the assignment. Students should insure that all papers submitted have a header of their name and the assignment and include page numbers. It will save time and enhance grading for students to use these templates as guidance.

License Requirements Research
Your Name
Liberty University
COUN 521-B05 Spring 2012

“State Name” Licensed Professional Counselor Licensure Requirements

This first section will be an introduction stating your plans and a summary of the general requirements for the license for your preferred state. This section should include the contact information and reference citation for the respective state licensure office.

Education

This section will describe the education requirements such as what degrees are acceptable, how many semester or quarter hours required, and any specific courses required. This section should also include any additional educational experience required.

Work Experience Required

This section will describe the work experience required for the specific license desired. The description should include number of hours required overall with specific hourly requirements such as number of hours of direct client service, number of hours of supervision, and any other hourly requirements. The work experience description should also include any specifications on supervision, such as whether or not the supervisor has to be an approved supervisor by the state licensing board. Finally the work experience description should include any areas of practice that the state office requires to be included when applying for licensure.

Examination

This section should describe examination requirements by the specific state office. The description should include what examinations are required and any specific score requirements noted.

Uses and Restrictions of Assessments

This section should begin with a short summary of information provided by the specific state office.

Uses of Assessments
This section should address the acceptable use of assessments per the specific state office.

Restrictions on Assessment Use
This section should address any restrictions on use of assessments per the specific state office.

References
References should be per APA format and should match citations in the text. References should be included for each source of information used.

Exploring Reliability and Validity – Values and Motives Inventory

Your Name

Liberty University
Exploring Reliability and Validity – Values and Motives Inventory

Types of Reliability and Validity
In this section, explain the type of reliability and validity used in this inventory.

Areas of Concern and Strength
Begin this section with an introduction paragraph. Then provide a sub- section of discussion on concerns or weakness such as low coefficients and a sub-section of discussion on strengths such as high coefficients.

Concerns

Use this section to discuss the concerns/weaknesses that you note.

Strengths
Use this section to discuss the strengths that you note.

Sample Size
Use this section to discuss how the sample size may influence the constructs purportedly measured by the test. Include discussion of strengths in the sample size and weaknesses in the sample size.

Nature of Population

Use this section to discuss how the nature of the population may influence the constructs purportedly measured by the test. Include discussion of strengths in the nature of the population and weaknesses in the nature of the population.

Opinion

Use this section to discuss your opinion regarding the quality of the test. Summarize information in the report and then relate this to guidance per your course material about test quality. Remember that even though this is your opinion, keep your writing in third person.

References

Be sure to include all references that you have cited in your paper such as the inventory (example below) and course textbook reference. Your reference page should be a separate page at the end of the document. This is the correct reference for the inventory that you are examining: Values and motives questionnaire: The technical manual. (n.d.). Bedfordshire, UK: Psytech

International.

Project 1: Initial Interview
Type a short paragraph (2-3 sentences) summarizing this assignment as an initial interview to conduct a mental status examination and assess “client’s name” for the reason indicated in the referral question that you have chosen.

Identifying Information

This section should provide the client’s identifying information in narrative form. Include the person’s name, address, phone number date of birth, gender, marital status, occupation, current work/school information, emergency contact, and date of your interview of the client.

Referral Question

State that “client” was referred to assess him/her for “reason indicated in the referral question you choose from the 3 choices provided in the instructions.

Physical Appearance
Presenting Appearance

In this section use narrative format to present age, sex, ethnicity, height and weight description of the client, description of clothing worn, and presence of any assistive devices such as glasses, cane, etc. Also include in this section a description of any physical deformity that is present.

Basic Grooming and Hygiene

Provide a brief description of the client’s grooming and hygiene and appropriateness or not for the interview setting.

Approach and Coordination

In this section use narrative format to describe the client’s behavioral approach to the interview and the client’s gait and motor coordination. Also describe the client’s eye contact, facial expressions, and rapport with you throughout the interview. Finally address the client’s degree of alertness and the mood and affect present during the interview.

Present Level of Functioning in Work/School, Relationships, and Leisure

Begin this section with a paragraph that addresses general functioning of the client in work and or school, in relationships, and in leisure.

Then address the MSE information as follows: Language and Speech

In this section present the MSE information in narrative format regarding expressive language, receptive language, and speech as outlined in the document provided for you on “How to Conduct a Mental Status Exam.”

Orientation and Thought Processes

In this section present the MSE information in narrative format regarding orientation times the five areas indicated in the instructions, client’s coherence, client’s concentration and attention throughout the interview, client’s thought processes, any hallucinations or delusions present (note if absent), intellectual ability, and abstraction skills. These areas are outlined in the document provided for you on “How to Conduct a Mental Status Exam.”

Medical History and Current Status

In this section, use narrative format and discuss the client’s present health status(as described by the client) and date of last physical, any current health complaints or absence of these, general health history, any past or present health treatments, any current medications, other drugs, or supplements, client’s sleep pattern, client’s appetite level and any recent changes in appetite, and client’s exercise pattern.

Past Counseling Experiences or Psychiatric History

In this section use narrative format and discuss the client’s concerns addressed and type and length of treatment that client has received for any concerns addressed (if none, state this). If the client has received help for any concerns addressed, also discuss the types of outcome from the help received with discussion of positive results and discussion of unhelpful results. If the client has not received professional help for concerns addressed use this section to also note how client coped with these concerns up to the time of the interview. Include discussion in this section of any medications used to treat concerns addressed. This should include prescribed medications, over the counter medications, or self-selected substances used to treat concerns such as alcohol, tobacco, or drugs.

Family Information

In this section use narrative format to describe the client’s current marital status, number and ages of children living at home, number and ags of immediate family members not living at home, other people living at home, any violence or physical abuse in the family, family-of-origin make-up, influences of the family-of-origin on present problems, family history of psychiatric problems, and family history of substance abuse. NOTE: If there is not family history of psychiatric problems or substance abuse, state this.

Social/Developmental History

In this section, use narrative format to discuss any irregularities in development or indicate that the client had normal development with no presence of any irregularities. This may include prior experiences in life that have framed the client’s general approach to life. Also indicate the client’s religious affiliation or so state if there is none. Discuss the client’s current social situation such as social networks or activities that client engages in. In this section include discussion of the client’s values that seem to frame life for them.

Educational/Occupational History

In this section include two paragraphs with one addressing educational history and one addressing occupational history. In the paragraph on educational history include client’s level of educational attainment and any specialized training, college majors, etc. that apply to the client. In the paragraph on occupational history include discussion of previous work experiences, reasons for any job changes or terminations, and any military background. Conclude this section with a paragraph of indication of the client’s report on overall satisfaction of any current job or school engaged in and any current stresses related to current educational or occupational experience.

Cultural Influences

In this section use narrative format to describe in general cultural factors present with the client that provide influence on issues discussed. These should include the client’s race and/or ethnicity, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, and any experiences of discrimination or perceived internal or external barriers that apply to the client (if none present, so state). Also use this section to discuss any other cultural influences that may be present for the client.

Achievement Results

Your Name

Liberty University
Achievement Results

SAT Scores

Use the first paragraph to summarize the case to the client as you understand the client’s concerns. Use the second paragraph to discuss any additional information the client may not have considered. Use the third paragraph to discuss alternatives for the client at this time for the presenting issue with inclusion of client input in resolution decision. Incorporate discussion of causes, precipitants, or other possible influences on the case and any alternative explanations for the client’s concerns. Be sure to cite pertinent information from course material and from any additional professional resources used.

Percentile Rank

Use the first paragraph to summarize the case to the client as you understand the client’s concerns. Use the second paragraph to discuss any additional information the client may not have considered. Use the third paragraph to discuss alternatives for the client at this time for the presenting issue with inclusion of client input in resolution decision. Incorporate discussion of causes, precipitants, or other possible influences on the case and any alternative explanations for the client’s concerns. Be sure to cite pertinent information from course material and from any additional professional resources used.

References
NOTE: These are correct listings for your text references. Also include any other references that you use and cite above. Fischer, J., & Corcoran, K. (2007). Measures for clinical practice and research: A sourcebook (4th ed., Vol. 1). New York, NY: Oxford University Press. Whiston, S. C. (2009). Principles and applications of assessment in counseling (3rd ed.). Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole.

Psychological Report
NOTE: A sample report for Project 2 is located under Course Content in Assignment Instructions under “Project 2: Psychological Report.” This is titled “Project 2 Sample.” Use this as your template for the Project 2 assignment.

Essay Questions: Name of Area for Your Essay

Your Name

Liberty University
Essay Questions: Name of Area from Question You Choose to Discuss

As this is an essay versus a paper you do not have to use headings. However, be sure to address each area within the essay question that you choose. For instance if you choose to address Essay Question 1, there are seven questions and you would need to discuss your answers to all seven of those questions. Do include a separate reference page as the example below.

References
NOTE: These are correct listings for your textbook references. Also include any other references that you cite in your paper. Fischer, J., & Corcoran, K. (2007). Measures for clinical practice and research: A sourcebook (4th ed., Vol. 2). New York, NY: Oxford University Press. Whiston, S. C. (2009). Principles and applications of assessment in counseling (3rd ed.). Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole.

Test Critique: Name of the Test

Your Name

Liberty University
Abstract

Summarize your critique in accordance with guidelines on abstracts from the APA manual. Test Critique: Name of the Test
There should be an introductory paragraph with a test description similar to that given in a vendor’s catalogue. In this paragraph also indicate that this critique will review both strengths and weakness of this test.

General Information

Basic Test Information

In this section provide information in narrative format on title of the test, author (s), publisher and date of publication, cost, and availability or not of an online version. Include information on the development of the test – full name of the test, when it was first developed, the population for which the test is appropriate, and its primary uses. Indicate whether the test is an objective or projective measure and whether it is more of an intelligence, achievement, or personality measure. Indicate whether or not this test has alternate forms, when these were created, and under what circumstances these are used.

History of Test

In this section discuss when and why the test was developed. Also discuss how the history of this test fits into the overall scheme as presented in the course text.

Testing and Assessment Assumptions

In this section discuss the assumptions of testing and assessment as they relate to this specific test.

Test Description

In this introductory section give a general description of the test in narrative format. This should include a description of the different sections and subsections of the test with indication of what each of these measure. This section should include some example items used to assess the construct of the test. This section should also describe how this test is used in the assessment setting.

Test Content

In this section describe the constructs, domains, or variables that the test measures. Discuss the unidimensionality or multidimensionality of the constructs. Also discuss the theoretical and/or empirical foundation of the test.

Purpose of Test

In this section describe the purpose and potential uses of the test. Also describe the population for whom the test is designed.

Test Structure

In this section indicate the length of the test and the number of items. Also describe any subscales that are in the test and the format used for the test items.

Test Administration

In this section describe the administration procedures for the test and the necessary administrator qualifications and/or training required for administration of this test. Also discuss any special testing conditions that must be considered and different versions of test administration such as paper and pencil, online, computer administration, etc.

Test Scoring

In this section discuss the type of scoring or scaling used, the scores generated such as subscale, factor, or dimension scores, and the scoring procedures used such as hand scoring, mail-in scoring service, or computerized scoring via software or online.

Technical Evaluation

Standardization/Normative Sample

This section includes narrative description of the size and demographics of the standardization sample, procedures followed in obtaining the sample, adequacy of the standardization sample, and adequacy of the norms provided.

Reliability

This section should discuss the types of reliability for which there is evidence and the adequacy of this evidence to support potential uses of the test.

Validity

This section should discuss the types of validity for which there is evidence and the adequacy of this evidence to support potential uses of the test.

Practical Evaluation
Quality of Test Materials

In this section describe the quality of writing in the test, quality of graphic design and presentation of this in test materials, and other noted aspects of materials quality such as durability and attractiveness.

Ease of Administration, Scoring and Interpretation

This section should discuss the clarity and comprehensiveness of instructions, directions, or guidance provided. There should also be discussion of time and resources needed to administer, score, and interpret the test as well as any other practical aspects of administration, scoring, and interpretation.

Summary Evaluation and Critique

Strengths of the Test

Use this test to describe the strengths of the test as compared to course guidance on what constitutes a good test.

Weaknesses of the Test

Use this test to critique the weaknesses of the test as compared to course guidance on what constitutes a good test.

Recommendations

In this section indicate your recommendations for use of the test, for revisions, or updates, and for further study of the test. Although these are your recommendations, this should still be written in third person.

References

NOTE: Remember to include at least five references for this assignment with reference list and in-text citations matching and reference list in correct APA format.


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