The following are factors to consider in psychological testing: the validity of the information, its reliability and its objectivity. The behavioral observations made are that the client is abnormally cooperative and gives information freely an unlikely characteristic of drunkards. The forensic assessment options available are oral testing as well as carrying out laboratory tests for blood samples. To recognize the client’s deception behavior I would observe the clients facial expressions and noticing contradicting statements while answering some questions during oral assessment (Wrightsman, 2001).
In this case, Mr. P was arrested for driving under influence of alcohol he discloses that his family has had a drinking history not to mention that some other factors as stress drove him to drinking. His long sentence at court threatens him with losing his job and he too believes that he is a victim of police mannerisms of arrest in the said town. The reason for referral was that Mr. P proved to have mental problem caused by stress. Forensic assessment is necessary because there was need to prove to the client that the alcohol blow was actually correct and did not actually make a mistake in convicting the client with driving under influence (American College of Forensic Psychology. (1983).
My impression of the client was that he seems to have resigned himself to alcohol due to his preceding circumstances: stress and history of drinking in his family. My role as a professional is that of establishing whether the client had mental problem before, which could actually make him be confined in a correction facility. The hypothesis I formed will assist me in building testing parameters and standards for my case (Wrightsman, 2001).
I will be using the Substance abuse evaluation with Mr. P. A Substance Abuse evaluation will include Integrated Screening and Assessment. The Integrated screening will occur for both of Mr. P’s disorders and it will be a brief process that will occur when he starts services with me. This will indicate whether Mr. P does indeed have a substance abuse disorder and at least one co-occurring mental disorder. If he screens positive for co-occurring disorders, then he will receive an in depth assessment. This integrated assessment will mean that Mr. P has both a substance abuse disorder as well as a mental disorder and it will be assessed in context of each other. This will consist of getting information and engaging in the process with Mr. P that will enable me to either rule out or establish the presence of or absence of a co-occurring disorder and to determine if Mr. P is ready for change. The Integrated assessment will help in identifying the strengths as well as the problem areas that could affect his treatment as well as a successful recovery.
An in depth assessment will give me the information of Mr. P to create a treatment plan and will be helpful in establishing symptoms, and a baseline of signs as well as behaviors that will be used to monitor his progress over a period of time in order to determine if he has co-occurring disorders. If Mr. P shows positive after the screening for co-occurring disorders the referral will be sent to the court.