What are the functions of the components of mental status and an interview in determining the competence of clients?
Assignment 1: Components and Applications of a Mental Status Exam

In a minimum of 300 words, respond to the following:
What are the functions of the components of mental status and an interview in determining the competence of clients? Explain with examples and rationales.
For which types of psycholegal evaluations (competency, risk of dangerousness, and insanity), if any, might an MSE provide useful information? State reasons for your answers.
Submission Details:
By Saturday, April 15, 2017, post your responses to this Discussion Area.
Assignment 2: Selection of a Case Vignette
Select Case Vignette
You will select one of the three case vignettes to use for your final course project. The project will be a mock forensic assessment report incorporating the major topics from each module.
For this assignment, analyze the information provided in any of the provided case vignettes and begin to formulate hypotheses based on the referral questions.
Click here to download the case vignettes.
You can identify the referral question from the case vignette you choose. You might also consider the following referral questions in formulating your hypothesis:
As a forensic mental health professional, what factors do you need to consider in your psychological testing for the forensic assessment report?
What behavioral observations do you make about the client after reading the case vignette?
What are your assessment options in working with the client?
What standard and accepted psychological tests might you apply to your client in forensic settings?
How will you recognize and evaluate your client’s offender behaviors associated with malingering and deception?
In a 1- to 2-page Microsoft Word document, address the following:
Describe the case scenario you have selected.
Identify the reason for a referral.
Identify the purpose of the forensic assessment and report.
Present your impressions of the client.
Describe your professional role and relationship with the court and the third party requesting the assessment or evaluation.
Explain the hypotheses you have formulated.
Submission Details: By Monday, April 17, 2017,
Assignment 3: Cognitive Testing
In a minimum of 300 words, respond to the following:
What are the differences between verbal and performance measures in intelligence testing, including verbal comprehension, perceptual reasoning, working memory, and processing speed? Compare and contrast using examples.
What are the influences of language, culture, and education on popular measures of intelligence?
What are the major neuropsychological tests used to determine left and right hemispherical brain damage? Explain with examples and a rationale.
Submission Details: By Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Assignment 4: Federal Guidelines
Create a 2- to 3-page paper addressing the following:
Identify the federal guidelines—statutory, case law, and APA—for psychological tests.
Describe some of the cases influential in bringing about the federal government’s involvement in the use of tests in the forensic setting.
Determine the effect of the federal guidelines in ensuring whether assessment reports are accurate and unbiased.
Submission Details: By Friday, April 21, 2017
Assignment 5: Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2
In a minimum of 300 words, respond to the following:
Given the norms of the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2 (MMPI-2), what do you need to consider when using the MMPI-2 profile with non-Caucasian individuals. Search the Argosy University online library resources and other scholarly sources for background information on this test.
What are the cultural competencies necessary for an unbiased psychological evaluation and report? What ethical and multicultural issues do you need to address to ensure that the psychological evaluation is unbiased and accurate?




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