Clinical Psychology: A Case Study

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Clinical assessments by psychologists can trace their roots to Sir Francis Galton, who was the first to concentrate studies on individual differences. This gradually influenced other psychologists, and the measuring of mental ability took shape. In 1896 Witmer was credited with opening the first psychological clinic, and coining the term "clinical psychology” (Cook, 2011). The general public’s notion of a psychologist is typically the clinical psychologist, yet not all psychologists are involved in clinical psychology. Too, clinical psychologists do not spend all their time as imagined, probing the couch-born patient, seeking evidence of psychiatric deficiencies. A clinical psychologists can perform a variety of tasks that include measuring intelligence, teaching, researching new methods and old ideas, developing treatment plans, assessing personality, and yes, counseling and therapeutic treatment (Cook, 2011).
A clinician must be knowledgeable and proficient when dealing with new referrals. Some of the considerations
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The first, is a man named Jim. Jim is a twenty-eight year-old male who is married, and the father of two children, two and six months. Jim states that he is dissatisfied with everything, and believes he is causing misery to those around him. When planning for Jim’s assessment plan, I would be ensure that Jim understood all aspects of the assessment, and that I obtain informed consent from him. He would understand the purpose of the assessment, and he would comprehend fully that the test is only a measurement tool, to be used in conjunction with other fully-explained actions to help identify a diagnosis and direction for treatment. He would be given access to the test results, should he want it, and all aspects (within reason-that is, that would pose him no harm-as per the principles of Beneficence and Nonmaleficence) of the test will be explained to him in

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