MNHS: Psychology case report
What is the psychology case report?
The psychology case report is an opportunity for students to demonstrate that they have developed a comprehensive formulation and a management plan for a patient that they have personally interviewed. This assessment task aligns closely with the day-to-day work produced in the psychology profession.
The case report should document a thorough assessment, demonstrate the student's capacity to appreciate the patient's experience, present an attempt to understand why this patient is ill in this way at this time, and describe what management will be required to facilitate this patient's return to best possible functioning.
Eight things you need to know about the psychology case report View
|You will need to present a document which communicates in a clear and orderly fashion.|
|You should provide appropriately selected historical and examination material, including both positive and negative findings relevant to the case.|
|It is important to indicate an awareness of the limitations of the material obtained and presented.|
|You need to demonstrate an awareness of the range of diagnostic issues to be considered.|
|You should present a formulation, drawing together the historical and examination material, so as to develop an understanding of the patient.|
|The report will need to include a management plan considering the immediate, short-term, and longer term issues presented by this patient.|
|There is no word limit on the report - the content should be both sufficient and well edited. The judgement on what to include is part of the professional skill under development.|
|This is a psychology report and therefore the emphasis is on the psychological issues. Note that this does NOT imply the exclusion of medical issues!|
The information provided in this resource will assist you with structuring information, communicating reasoning, and checking your application of English grammar in the Psychological case report.
The report structure is based on recommendations outlined in the recommended reading for this assignment task: Chapter 6 of
Bloch, S., Green, S. A., Janca, A., Mitchell, P. B. & Robertson, M. R. (Eds.). (2017). Foundations of Clinical Psychiatry (4th ed.). Melbourne University Press.
- Case History
1.2 History of Presenting Complaint
1.3 Past Psychiatric History
1.4 Past Medical History
1.5 Family History
1.6 Personal History
- Mental State Examination (MSE)
- Physical Examination
- Summary and Diagnosis
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