The Use of Psychological Testing for Treatment Planning and Outcomes Assessment - Vol. 3

The Use of Psychological Testing for Treatment Planning and Outcomes Assessment - Vol. 3

The Use of Psychological Testing for Treatment Planning and Outcomes Assessment - Vol. 3

The Use of Psychological Testing for Treatment Planning and Outcomes Assessment - Vol. 3


Like other practices, test-based psychological assessment has been significantly affected by the health care revolution in the United States during the past two decades. Despite new limitations on psychological services across the board and psychological testing in particular, it continues to offer a rapid and efficient method of identifying problems, planning and monitoring a course of treatment, and assessing the outcomes of interventions. This thoroughly revised and greatly expanded third edition of a classic reference, now three volumes, constitutes an invaluable resource for practitioners who in a managed care era need to focus their testing not on the general goals of personality assessment, symptom identification, and diagnosis so often presented to them as students and trainees, but on specific questions: What course of treatment should this person receive? How is it going? Was it effective? New chapters describe new tests and models and new concerns such as ethical aspects of outcomes assessment. Volume I reviews general issues and recommendations concerning the use of psychological testing for screening for psychological disturbances, planning and monitoring appropriate interventions, and the assessing outcomes, and offers specific guidelines for selecting instruments. It also considers more specific issues such as the analysis of group and individual patient data, the selection and implementation of outcomes instrumentation, and the ethics of gathering and using outcomes data. Volume II discusses psychological measures developed for use with younger children and adolescents that can be used for the purposes outlined in Volume I; Volume III, those developed for use with adults. Drawing on the knowledge and experience of a diverse group of leading experts--test developers, researchers, clinicians and others, the third edition of The Use of Psychological Testing for Treatment Planning and Outcomes Assessment provides vital assistance to all clinicians, and to their trainees and graduate students.


Like other medical and behavioral health care services, the practice of test-based psychological assessment has not entered the era of managed care unscathed. Limitations placed on total moneys allotted for psychological services have had an impact on the practice of psychological testing. However, for those skilled in its use, psychological testing's ability to help quickly identify psychological problems, plan and monitor treatment, and document treatment effectiveness presents many potentially rewarding opportunities during a time when health care organizations must (a) provide problem-focused, time-limited treatment; (b) demonstrate the effectiveness of treatment to payers and patients; and (c) implement quality improvement initiatives.

With the opportunity at hand, it is now up to those with skill and training in psychological assessment to make the most of this opportunity to contribute to (and benefit from) efforts to control health care costs. However, this may not be as simple a task as it would appear. Many trained professionals are likely to have only limited knowledge of how to use test results for planning, monitoring, and assessing the outcomes of psychological interventions. Consequently, although the basic skills are there, many well-trained clinicians—and graduate students as well—need to develop or expand their testing knowledge and skills so as to be better able to apply them for such purposes. This need served as the impetus for the development of the first two editions of this book, and the development of this third edition of the work attests to its continued presence.

In developing the contents of this and the previous editions of this work, it was decided that the most informative and useful approach would be one in which aspects of broad topical areas are addressed separately. The first area has to do with general issues and recommendations to be considered in the use of psychological testing for treatment planning and outcomes assessment in today's behavioral health care environment. The second and third areas address issues related to the use of specific psychological tests and scales for these same purposes, one dealing with child and adolescent instruments, the other dealing with adult instruments. The fourth area concerns the future of psychological testing, including future developments in this area. For the current edition, issues related to future developments have been incorporated into the general considerations section. Because of increased content and a desire to better meet the needs of individual practitioners, each of the three sections is now printed in a separate volume.

Volume 1 of this third edition represents an update and extension of the first and fourth parts of the second edition. It is devoted to general considerations that pertain to the need for and use of psychological testing for treatment planning and outcomes . . .

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