Clinical psychologist

Your neighbor tells you that his eleven-year-old daughter has been having behavior and academic problems in school. “Her teacher recommended taking her to the pediatrician to get a prescription for Ritalin,” he said.

In a well-thought-out paper integrating information from the learning resources and module readings, make an argument for why your neighbor should first have his daughter evaluated by a clinical psychologist. Discuss the types of assessment tools the psychologist might use in his or her evaluation and how these tools would help in guiding diagnosis and treatment. Make sure to use appropriate sources of information that ground your argument in well-established, empirically sound science and practice. Properly cite and reference resources, applying APA Style.

This paper should be written as a coherent essay, in approximately 700-1000 words, and formatted in APA Style. You are encouraged to include insights in your recommendations as you address the key issues outlined above.

Prepare the Thoughtful Response Paper according to the following guidelines:

  • Structure your paper utilizing APA style (7th Edition); this includes title page, headings, in-text citations, reference page, and general paper format (1-inch margins, double-spaced, appropriately sized sans serif or serif fonts – e.g., 12 Times Roman). An abstract is not required.
  • Apply sound writing mechanics: write with clarity, paying attention to spelling, grammar, and syntax.
  • Submit to your Assignment Folder as a single document in either Microsoft Word, PDF, or RTF format.

Point allocations are as follows. See accompanying assignment rubric for full details.

Content Points
All topics discussed in clear detail.

Key focal topics: 1. Clinical psychologists role 2. Assessment types 3. Assessment links to diagnosis. 4. Assessment links to treatment options.

Assertions supported correctly. Uses appropriate course resources and outside resources to develop argument. 20
Ideas are interrelated coherently and logically 20
An introduction previews main points of reflection, body of paper develops and elaborates main ideas, conclusion summarizes main points 20
Writing Mechanics
Paper free of mechanical errors (e.g., misspellings, typos, etc.) and paper grammatically sound (proper sentence structure) 10
Citations and references in proper APA style 10

Requirements: 4 pages

American Psychological Association. (2017). Ethical principles of psychologists and code of conduct (2002, amended effective June 1, 2010, and January 1, 2017).

Biswas-Diener, R. (2020). Intelligence. In R. Biswas-Diener & E. Diener (Eds), Noba textbook series: Psychology. Champaign, IL: DEF publishers. Retrieved from

Davis, H., Peterson, S. & Smith, G. (2017). Assessment. In A. Wenzel (Ed.), The sage encyclopedia of abnormal and clinical psychology (Vol. 1, pp. 310-313). SAGE Publications, Inc. doi: 10.4135/9781483365817.n117

Hubley, A. (2003). Achievement testing. In R. Fernández-Ballesteros (Ed.), Encyclopedia of psychological assessment (Vol. 1, pp. 6-9). SAGE Publications Ltd doi: 10.4135/9780857025753.n2

Korotitsch, W. & Nelson-Gray, R. (2003). Behavioural assessment techniques. In R. Fernández-Ballesteros (Ed.), Encyclopedia of psychological assessment (Vol. 1, pp. 135-134). SAGE Publications Ltd doi: 10.4135/9780857025753.n28

Psychological Testing Overview (2019, March 26). UMGC.

Watson, D. (2020). Personality assessment. In R. Biswas-Diener & E. Diener (Eds), NOBA textbook series: Psychology. Champaign, IL: DEF publishers. Retrieved from

Answer preview

The clinical psychologist carries out these tests to assess the patient’s personality, cognitive abilities, behavioral responses, social skills, emotions, and interests (Korotitsch & Nelson-Gray, 2003). According to the clinical psychologist’s results, this assessment can be carried out on a one-on-one basis or in a group while understanding the patient’s disorder. The most commonly used psychological tests are projective tests, such as the inkblot test, whose main aim is to get a scope of the patient’s emotions, worries, conflicts, and needs. Psychological tests also aim to single out the patient’s personality through different tasks (Watson, 2020).

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