Application of Assessment Tools - A Case Study Case Study by gracielou

A look at some assessment tools used for vocational guidance.
# 151773 | 1,833 words | 9 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Sep 25, 2012 in Psychology (Therapies)

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This paper examines some assessment tools used for a recently divorced middle aged woman to determine which career path she should choose. First, the paper gives some background about the woman named Sara and her situation. Next, the paper tells about the impact of divorce on both the adults and children involved. Then, the paper describes the role of tools in Sara's assessment , both for her career goals and her current emotional stress. Finally, the paper describes the specific tools that should be used for Sara's assessment. In particular, the paper notes the importance of counselors to consider all aspects of their client's life, which in Sara's situation also involves her emotional well-being. The paper concludes by stating that by choosing appropriate assessment tools, Sara's counselor will gain a lot more knowledge into her presented situation and be able to develop a detailed treatment plan for her.


Case of Sara
Utilization of Assessments in Counseling
Assessment Choice For Sara
Scoring of the Strong Interest Inventory
Assessment Tool for Sara's Stress

From the Paper:

"Since Sara's main reason for entering counseling is because she because she is having trouble deciding where to start looking for a job, the assessment that is best suited for Sara is the Strong Interest Inventory. The Strong Interest Inventory compares a clients interest with the interests of people who are happily employed in a wide range of occupations. One important thing that counselors need to inform their clients is that this assessment only measures their interest; it does not determine intelligence or ability to succeed in their interests (Strong, Campbell, & Hansen, n.d.). The inventory is comprised of 291 items. There are four different categories that the inventory assesses; General Occupational Themes, Basic Inventory Scales, Occupational Scales, and Personal Styles Scales. It approximately take forty minutes to complete this assessment (Donnay, Morris, Schaubhut, Thompson, Grutter, & Hammer, n.d.).
"The General Occupational Themes is comprised of six broad interests patterns that are used to describe a clients work personality. The six different area's are; realistic, conventional, investigative, enterprising, artistic, and social, and the results are displayed in descending order. Basic Inventory Scales are used to determine specific interest areas such as activities, projects, and course work that are personally motivating to the client."

Sample of Sources Used:

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