I have submitted a sample disability assessment report (with examinee and other identifying information removed). This is mandatory in order for your application to be considered! Reports can also be submitted in PDF or Word format through emai to firstname.lastname@example.org
Applicants for Member (but not for Candidate) are required to provide a sample disability assessment. Please consider the following in doing so.
The CAPDA website has links to sites that discuss standards for disability assessment reports.
Practice standards are addressed here: http://capda.ca/docs/my-capda/practice-standards-for-the-psychological-assessment-of-disability-and-impairment.pdf?sfvrsn=0
The Practice Handbook for MVA Work, 2010, contains a lot of helpful information re reports (esp. pages 9-19).
Also, OPA Auto Guidelines for Assessment and Treatment in Auto Insurance Claims (esp. 45-65), 2010.
Also, APA Specialty Guidelines for Forensic Psychology, especially section 10, Assessment.
The Joint OPA/CAPDA Guidelines for Best Practices in Psychological Insurer Examinations, Aug 30, 2016. http://www.capda.ca/news-and-events/news/2016/08/30/the-joint-opa-capda-guidelines-for-best-practices-in-psychological-insurer-examinations
In addition to the above formal references, please consider the following.
1. Ensure that the report is a disability assessment, as opposed to strictly diagnostic or a treatment report. A third party report usually lends itself best to this purpose. The report is essentially forensic, involving matters that may be contentious, such as eligibility for a disability claim, a tort, or (in the case of an Independent Medical Examination) another clinician’s application for assessment or treatment or assessing entitlement to a benefit (including accessing resources for education or provision of services for those with developmental disabilities).
2. Redact identifying information thoroughly. The examinee’s first or last name should never appear in the report. Names of spouses are redacted, as is other identifying information such as precise date of birth (though year should be kept in), and employer. If the report might be embarrassing to another clinician or any other person, that person’s name is redacted. In addition to the body of the report, please check headers, summaries, and insurer’s questions.
3. The report needs to be neutral in tone and demonstrate good scientific reasoning ability. Conclusions follow logically from data, including collateral reports, interview, behavioural observations, and tests or inventories. Alternative hypotheses are shown to have been considered. General validity considerations, including use of symptom validity indicators, are noted. Issues related to culture, language, and other matters of diversity are addressed. Invalid results are not assumed to imply absence of disability.
4. Typographical errors are minimized.
5. The report should be comprehensive but not over inclusive.
6. Conclusions and recommendations are limited to the assessor’s scope of practice in psychology, although considerations outside this scope of practice may be noted, deferring to the appropriate health professional.