Collaborative/Therapeutic Assessment: A Casebook and Guide

Collaborative/Therapeutic Assessment: A Casebook and Guide

Collaborative/Therapeutic Assessment: A Casebook and Guide

Collaborative/Therapeutic Assessment: A Casebook and Guide


A guide to conducting Collaborative/Therapeutic Assessment to promote client growth

Mental health professionals are increasingly enthusiastic about and ready to use psychological test data, research, and theory in life-relevant ways to improve diagnosis, client care, and treatment outcomes. With Collaborative/Therapeutic Assessment (C/TA), clients participate actively with the assessor in exploring how their test scores and patterns reflect who they are in their daily lives and how they can learn to help themselves cope with life's challenges.

Using a case study approach to demonstrate how to apply C/TA in practice, Collaborative/Therapeutic Assessment provides practitioners with a variety of flexible and adaptable case examples featuring adults, children, adolescents, couples, and families from different backgrounds in need of treatment for assorted concerns.

Designed for both experienced and novice clinicians, the book begins with a brief history of C/TA, and provides clear definitions of the distinctions among many common approaches. It uniquely presents:

  • Eighteen diverse C/TA assessments covering: depression, multiple suicide attempts, severe abuse, dissociation, an adolescent psychiatric ward, custody evaluation, a couple in crisis, and collaborative neuropsychology

  • Guidance on how both client and clinician can agree on the best course of action through joint exploration of assessment procedures, results, and implications

  • Closely related approaches to psychological testing, including Individualized Assessment, Collaborative Assessment, Therapeutic Model of Assessment, Collaborative/Therapeutic Neuropsychological Assessment, and Rorschach-based psychotherapy

  • Clearly labeled Teaching Points in each chapter

Collaborative/Therapeutic Assessment provides psychologists in all areas of assessment, and at all levels of experience, with powerful C/TA examples that can dramatically illuminate and improve clients' lives.


Collaborative/Therapeutic Assessment (C/TA) is the term we use in this book to refer to multiple closely related approaches to psychological testing that are variously called individualized assessment, Collaborative Assessment, therapeutic assessment (lowercase), Therapeutic Assessment (uppercase), Therapeutic Model of Assessment, Collaborative Therapeutic Neuropsychological Assessment, Rorschach-based psychotherapy, projective counseling, and dynamic assessment. We will define and draw distinctions among many of these approaches in Chapter 1 and give a brief history of the field. We will also review research about these methods, which continues to accrue at a rapid pace. The remainder of the book consists of 18 case examples of C/TA from practitioners (including us) in four different countries. The chapters are divided into three sections: Part I concerns C/TA with adult individual clients; cases in Part II illustrate C/TA with children, adolescents, and young adults; and Part III contains cases illustrating special topics in C/TA, such as Collaborative Therapeutic Neuropsychological Assessment (CTNA), therapeutic assessment in a child-custody situation, and Therapeutic Assessment of couples. Within each section, the chapters are arranged alphabetically by the first author’s last name. In a final chapter we discuss commonalities among the cases and make concluding comments.

The clients written about in this book include adults, children, adolescents, couples, and families with many different types of backgrounds and concerns. All clients’ names and identifying information have been greatly altered to protect their privacy. The authors/practitioners include longstanding colleagues and young professionals, some of whom were former students of ours. All assessors necessarily adapted the basic concepts and practices of C/TA to their different settings, clients, and theoretical backgrounds. Readers will readily see that there is no single . . .

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