Conducting Psychological Assessment: A Guide for Practitioners

Conducting Psychological Assessment: A Guide for Practitioners

Conducting Psychological Assessment: A Guide for Practitioners

Conducting Psychological Assessment: A Guide for Practitioners

Synopsis

A Valuable Guide to the Entire Process of Psychological Assessment

Carefully working through all the phases of assessment, including integrating, conceptualizing, test selection, administering, scoring, and report writing, Conducting Psychological Assessment provides clinicians with a step-by-step methodology for conducting skilled individual assessments, from beginning to end.

Unlike most guides to assessment, this book addresses the critical steps that follow administration, scoring, and interpretation-namely the integration of the data into a fully conceptualized report. Rich with case studies that illustrate every major point, this text provides a coherent structure for the entire process, taking into account the imperfection of both clinical intuition and specific psychological tests.

Conducting Psychological Assessment presents practitioners with an accessible framework to help make the process of psychological assessment quicker, easier, and more efficient. It offers a model designed to ensure that assessors provide ethical and competent services and make useful contributions to the lives of the individuals they assess.

Excerpt

Psychological assessment has long been a mysterious, intuited process, taught to psychologists in training test by test, with components of conceptualization, integration, and report writing somewhat tacked onto the end of the process. While psychologists seem to unconsciously agree on the purpose of psychological assessment, its utility has been debated in the literature. At its most basic, psychological assessment provides a catalog of an individual’s cognitive, emotional, and psychological strengths, weaknesses, deficits, and resources. At its best, it provides dynamic insights into the inner workings of an individual, yielding invaluable information for diagnosis, potential intervention, and prognosis.

Claims for the utility of assessment have ranged significantly, from merely categorizing an individual’s strengths and weaknesses, to clarifying diagnosis and prognosis, to describing a person’s personality in its entirety. While these all may be effective approaches to assessment, it is most practical and pragmatic to talk about why and how psychological assessment can be useful to the mental health field (and to related fields, such as medicine) in general. This book presents a model of psychological assessment designed to ensure that assessors provide ethical and competent services and make useful contributions to the lives of the indivi duals they assess.

Psychological assessment should be used to help answer whatever referral questions are present and to make clear and specific recommendations to help the individual being assessed function better in his or her life. While this may include an analysis of strengths and weaknesses, a diagnosis . . .

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