• April 4th, 2016

Evaluation of Research: Mental Health (Major Depression or Bipolar)

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The purpose of this assignment is to help you develop a process for using research and empirical measurement to evaluate your work with a client or in a program.
1. Description: A brief description of the client (including sociodemographic information, the client’s situation, very brief clinical summary and clients strengths/resources) or the program (including agency mission, services being evaluated, context and resources of the program). (Approximately ½ page)
2. Problem Formulation/Theoretical Orientation/Literature Review: This is where you will discuss your formulation of the client’s problem(s) or the focus of the program. What does your diagnostic impression tell you about how to conceptualize the problem and how to intervene? Provide a brief literature summary relevant to your client’s problem that contains at least 2 empirical articles on the problem and 2 empirical articles on the intervention. For those evaluating programs, find 2 empirical articles on the clientele served and 2 empirical articles on the service or program being offered (or a close match to your agency). (About ½ page)
3. Problem Definition and Focus of Treatment: Clearly state the mutually agreed upon goals and objectives of your work with the client. Objectives should be specified in measurable terms and should be consistent with your problem formulation and chosen intervention.. The objectives should meet the following 4 conditions:
a. Direction: Do you want the measure to go up or down?
b. Level: At what level do you consider the objective to successful?
c. Duration: How long does the level in step b needs to be maintained to be considered successful
d. Time to completion: How long do you expect achieving the objective to take (e.g., one-two weeks, a month)? (Approximately 1 page)
4. Change Indicators: Present the measurable indicators of the change that you are working towards. The description of your measurement plan should include
a. Description of the measure(s) (e.g., standardized instrument, observational measures, self-anchored) you are using (attach copies of the measures to you are using).
b. Discuss any reliability and validity information that is available for your measure(s)
c. Provide a brief rationale for your choice of measure(s), including strengths and limitations. (Approximately 1 page)
5. Briefly describe the design you will be using (e.g., single subject) and your plan for measuring change. (1/2 page) Provide a graph of the way you think your measurement would look for a successful intervention.

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