Studying for the NCE – Dealing with Family Conflict

While I haven’t had any professional experience dealing with family conflict, there are many useful insights from the assigned materials this week.   Nay, (2010 describes angry couples in a way that is similar to how Dr. Gottman had described the disaster couples from his research.  In angry/disaster couples, there is a tendency for arguments or ongoing conflicts to quickly escalate and physiological symptoms of fight-or-flight to set in (Nay, 2010). As the therapist in “The Angry Couple” video (Holland & Stein, 1995), explained, oftentimes underlying the conflicts are interpersonal patterns that reflect early childhood experiences.  While the video shows a useful therapy structure that involves both individual and joint couples therapy, the Nay (2010) article provides conflicting perspectives on this technique.  On the one hand, while this technique is useful in addressing early childhood experiences, others might feel that this method isn’t truly a systemic approach.  I’m personally uncertain about how I feel.

Studying for the NCE – The Initial Session


This paper address issues surrounding the initial family therapy session.   It will begin by discussing common anxieties and expectations of family members in therapy.  There will then be an overview of my own anxieties as a beginning therapist.  The paper concludes with a plan that can help me prepare for my first session with a therapist to address these issues.

MDD vs Dysthymia

Antisocial Personality Disorder

NCE – Assessment Stuff (Transforming Raw Scores)

What to do with raw scores???

  1. Raw Scores – a meaningless number by itself….105
  2. Derived scores –make meaning of a raw score by converting it into a derived score. Will need to be converted or compared against some criterion. Three types of derived scores:  106
    1. comparison with scores other individuals (norm-referenced),
    2. comparison with an absolute score established by an authority (criterion-referenced),
    3. comparison with other scores obtained by the same individual (self-referenced).

NCE – Assessment Stuff (Validity)

NCE – Assessment Stuff (Reliability)

NCE – Assessment Stuff (Cognitive Assessments)

Hays, (2013) discusses cognitive assessment in two separate chapters.  Chapter nine provides a review of intelligence tests.  Chapter nine discusses academic and assessment testing in education.  Testing methods and differences in these concepts are reviewed below:

NCE – Assessment Stuff (Midterm Review Notes???)

What are the five basic steps in the problem solving model: Pages 6-8

“Because performing an assessment is similar to engaging in problem solving, the five steps in a problem solving model can be used to describe a psychological assessment model.” (Page 6).

  1. Problem Orientation: stimulate counselors and clients to consider various examples….

    1. Instruments promoting self-awareness & self-exploration
    2. Group survey’s used to identify problems/concerns

NCE – Assessment Section (MMPI)

QUESTION: “Prepare a summary describing the content, use, validity, limitations, etc of each tool…compare and contrast the two tools.” 

Purpose & Use

The purpose of the MMPI-2 is to assess for patterns of personality indicative of a mental disorder in order to aid in treatment planning (Butcher, et al, 1990; Hays, 2013).  The MMPI-2 is the one of the most popular tests utilized by clinicians today and is the subject of extensive research (Hays, 2013).  It is intended for use in adults over the age of 18, may be administered individually, or in a group and takes approximately 90 minutes to complete (Butcher, et al, 1990).