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Scholars Day 2005, Wednesday, April 13

How Many Client Cases are Needed to Learn Clinical Decision-Making Skills?

Clinical decision-making skills, such as assessment and treatment selections, are important when training psychology students. Computer software has been successfully used to teach clinical decision-making skills in psychology and dentistry (e.g., Desrochers, House, & Seth, 2001; Janda, et al., 2004). The number of case examples needed to learn clinical decision-making skills is an important question to examine. Approximately 15 participants will receive training with a computer simulation program (SIDD) that will present 10 cases of clients with a developmental disability and severe problem behavior. Participantsí assessment and treatment selections during and following use of the software will be analyzed. The attainment of a learning criterion by students will be noted. This study will be described and preliminary results will be presented.

Presenter: Annette Petrosino (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Psychology
Location: 122 Hartwell
Time: 10:45 am (Session II)