As you will learn throughout the program, the diagnosis of a variety of psychiatric illnesses is not always an easy or straightforward process…

As you will learn throughout the program, the diagnosis of a variety of psychiatric illnesses is not always an easy or straightforward process. Multiple observations and assessment methods are often employed to reach a diagnosis. This approach can include the use of standardized assessment instruments.  This then aids you in defining a treatment plan and choosing specific treatment plans to use in the care of your clients.  

You are tasked with identifying a standardized assessment instrument/tool to measure the disorders listed for each week. You will keep these instruments in the form of a “portfolio” that you can use in your clinical practice to assess clients who present with a variety of symptoms.  

Instructions:  

Instrument/ Tool criteria:  

For each assessment, you are tasked with selecting, you will identify an instrument and:  

  1. List what DSM diagnosis the tool/instrument is used for.  
  2. Identify an assessment/diagnosis instrument. 
  3. Appraise a scholarly, peer-reviewed article that addresses the use of the instrument to support your choice as an evidence-based instrument for practice.  
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  1. Evaluate the instrument’s appropriateness for diagnosing the condition it is designed to assess or if the developers of the instrument reported that the instrument is only part of a comprehensive assessment for the disorder.  
  2. Describe whether or not the instrument can be used to measure patient response to therapy/treatment or if it is strictly for assessment and diagnosis.  
  3. Discuss the psychometrics/scoring of the instrument, including reliability and validity.  
  4. Discuss any limitations associated with the use of the instrument. 
  5. Include a link to view the assessment if possible.
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