Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Fielding student Burt Ashworth presents research posters at Fielding's Summer National Session 2012

Establishing a Community Based Pre-doctoral Internship Program -- Burt Ashworth, Student, School of Psychology

Purpose: A crisis in Clinical Psychology has developed over the last decade due to the growing number of psychology doctoral students and the shrinking number of American Psychological Association (APA) and Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship (APPIC) programs available (Deangelis, 2012; Mattu, 2011). The aim of this poster was to disseminate the experiential effects of creating a pre-doctoral internship site.

Methods: A group of local licensed psychologists were approached to volunteer a minimum of one hour per week to individual or group supervision of two doctoral students in clinical psychology internship. Receipt of approval was gained from Fielding Graduate University (FGU) for the internship curriculum, site approval for each rotation, and placement of students. Concurrent with gaining approval, three agencies enrolled as initial internship sites: the Gero-Psychiatric Unit of Christus-St. Patrick Hospital, the Office of Juvenile Justice Services (OJJS) and Lake Charles Clinical Trials (LCCT), a research facility.

Results: The 2011-2012 internship curriculum served as the pilot project to develop the clinical and academic program. Additional regional facilities have agreed to be part of the rotation expansion training for the 2012-2013 term. The program is preparing to receive a site visit for APPIC approval.

Prevalence of Domestic Violence in Southwest Louisiana -- Burt Ashworth, Student, School of Psychology

Purpose: The aim of this study was to investigate case histories of incident prevalence in southwestern Louisiana. The hypothesis stated a significant correlation between middle age groups and incidence rates on special needs population would be found.

Methods: Cases spanned a 14 month period revealing a total of 1969 victims, (470 male; 1499 female). Relevant material for the case study was obtained from judicial records. Permission was received from the district attorney to retrieve data. Data was gathered from de-identified material.

Results: A Pearson correlation showed a significant relation between a single incident of abuse and all races investigated, except Native American, p>.01, a significant relationship between Hispanics and Native Americans’ desire not to report incidents, p <.05, and a significant relationship between the 41 to 59 year cohort and IPA with special needs persons, specifically older women, p< .05.

Relevance of the Juvenile Inventory for Functioning (JIFF) -- Burt Ashworth, Student, School of Psychology

Purpose: The current study investigated the contribution of specific domains of symptoms and behaviors in predicting daily adaptive functioning as related to the computerized version of the Juvenile Inventory for Functioning (JIFF).

Methods: 60 adolescents (40 males, 20 females) with a mean age of 14.32 and a mean educational level of 6.71 were evaluated as part of standard psychological evaluation upon admission to a detention facility. Assessment instrument used to determine problem areas of functioning included the JIFF, utilized to identify behaviors and symptoms that may be problematic in daily functioning.

Results: A stepwise multiple regression analysis revealed that perception of social domains is a significant predictor of adaptive functioning. This model showed non-compliance in the home, being picked on, and peer influence as the main predictors of significant amount of unique variance in adaptive functioning, F (3, 56) = 20.35, p < .05, R2 = .52.

Sequelae of a Pre-frontal Lobectomy: A Case Study -- Burt Ashworth, Student, School of Psychology

Purpose: A 23 year old male involved in a motor vehicle accident acquired a frontal lobe injury necessitating a pre-frontal lobectomy. The purpose of this study is to discuss the psychological consequences as a result of the sequelae.

Method: A neuropsychological evaluation was conducted on an outpatient basis. After completing the consent and release forms, the client was administered 27 instruments over a two day period. Tests were administered, scored and interpreted according to standard practice.

Results: The results of the neuropsychological evaluation suggested a decline in overall cognitive ability with a two standard deviation drop from premorbid status. Additionally, there were deficiencies in memory, executive functions and language processing. Disinhibition was significant with reports of hypersexuality, compulsive eating, and verbal outbursts. Elevations on measures of depression and anxiety were significant. The most notable impairments were revealed in general intelligence, language and executive functions. The client continues in therapy at this time.

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