Mock Practice Sample Submission

Individuals who attend the 2021 AACN Conference Workshop #27 (Preparing for the ABPP Board Certification Examination in Clinical Neuropsychology: Everything You Wanted to Know but Didn’t Know Who to Ask: Oral Examination and the Practice Sample Defense (Session 2 of 3) may submit a mock practice sample for the instructors to review. To submit a mock practice sample, please review the following instructions. 

You must be logged in and registered for the conference in order to access the submission portal, which appears at the bottom of this page. Mock practice samples must be received by June 1, 2021 to be reviewed.

FORMAT

A Mock Practice Sample submission should consist of one neuropsychological evaluation. It is acceptable for technicians or students to administer the test battery under the supervision of the workshop attendee. However, Psychology Interns or Postdoctoral Fellows should not be involved in the cases as they would have been expected to play a conceptual role, not just a technician role. The clinical report must be the complete and original work of the workshop attendee, not an edited version of a trainee’s report and not the workshop attendee’s work completed under someone else’s supervision.

For the mock practice sample, the following materials should be uploaded:

CONTENT

Mock Practice Sample cases should lend themselves to a neuropsychological conceptualization and consideration of brain-behavior-diagnostic relationships. Cases that provide less than an ideal opportunity to demonstrate a workshop attendee’s skills in neuropsychological case conceptualization should be avoided. The workshop attendee needs to be able to demonstrate a level of neuropsychological conceptualization that typically would not be present in general mental health or psychoeducational evaluations, or evaluations with normal findings.

Either in the original report or in the supplementary material, the workshop attendee should identify the relevant characteristics of the patient, the background information provided by other professionals (or in the medical records reviewed), salient aspects of an informant interview (i.e., patient, significant other, or both) obtained by the workshop attendee, and brief summaries of medical, social service agency, school, and employment records that were reviewed. It is desirable, but not required, to have follow-up knowledge of the case in question.

The workshop attendee should submit a typical report for his or her practice – it is not expected to be a treatise or contain a review of the literature. Most clinical reports do not include citation references or a detailed exploration/discussion of potential differential diagnoses. If the workshop attendee’s work setting requires short reports, that is fine. In that case, it is advisable to include the optional three-page supplementary material where the workshop attendee makes explicit his or her clinical decision making and analysis including: pertinent history of the present illness, test selection and interpretation, diagnostic formulation with differential, and any additional comments on management/disposition.

QUALITY OF MOCK PRACTICE SAMPLES SUBMITTED

The Mock Practice Sample should demonstrate that the workshop attendee is practicing Clinical Neuropsychology at the specialist level of competence. Clinical Neuropsychology is not merely the administration, scoring and reporting of neuropsychological evaluation techniques in a clinical setting; rather, it is a specialty practiced by a psychologist who can demonstrate to ABCN the integrated application of the broad range of neuropsychological, neurological, and allied clinical and research literature and concepts required of the practitioner in this field. The Mock Practice Sample should reflect this ability and should also reflect a high level of professional skill and maturity. The Practice Sample should demonstrate that the workshop attendee possesses a coherent rationale for the work he/she is doing. The Mock Practice Sample must follow APA ethical and professional standards.

CRITERIA USED BY REVIEWERS FOR MOCK PRACTICE SAMPLES

WORKSHOP ATTENDEE CHECKLIST FOR MOCK PRACTICE SAMPLE

_____   The clinical report is the original, independent, unsupervised work of the workshop attendee, not an edited version of a trainee or supervisor’s report

_____   Original clinical report with identifiable information redacted (i.e., patient’s, applicant’s, and any other providers’ names or personally identifiable information)

_____   Summary Table of test scores: (a) Test name, (b) Raw score, (c) Transformed normative score and (d) Normative source

_____   If desired, optional supplementary material (not to exceed 3 pages of double-spaced in 12 point font) that describe specifics about the history and the clinical decision making underlying the approach to assessment, formulation, differential diagnoses considered, and any special features related to recommendations or case follow-up not covered in the original report.

You must be logged in and registered for the conference to view the submission portal here.