Academic journal article Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy

The Use of Psychological Testing for Treatment Planning and Outcome Assessment

Academic journal article Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy

The Use of Psychological Testing for Treatment Planning and Outcome Assessment

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The Use of Psychological Testing for Treatment Planning and Outcome Assessment. Second Edition Mark E. Maruish (Ed.), Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum (www.erlbaum.com). 1999, 1436 pp. + index, $250 (hard cover).

Psychological assessment has become increasingly important both in the research community and in clinical practice. There is an obvious need for reliable and valid testing in conducting research, but many clinicians may not be as knowledgeable about the range of evaluations available. The massive and comprehensive volume, The Use of Psychological Testing for Treatment Planning and Outcome Assessment, Second Edition, expertly edited by Mark Maruish, will prove to be an invaluable source of information for therapists.

Why would clinicians be interested in a book on psychological measures, when they might easily rely on their clinical interview skills? Several reasons come to mind. First, we would like to have some objective standard to evaluate treatment outcome-and clinical interviews are notoriously inadequate and unreliable. Second, managed-care providers may require-or certainly, prefer-objective measures of symptoms. You are far more likely to get approval for treatment if you can document the clinical profile of your patients. Third, patients benefit from knowing where they stand on objective measures. It allows them to utilize the consumer model that we advocate in cognitive behavioral therapy. Finally, assessments allow us to find problems that may not be obvious to us as clinicians.

It is beyond the scope of this brief review to adequately assess the range of psychological disorders and assessments covered in this book. The first section of the book includes chapters on screening, treatment planning, and statistical procedures-an excellent review of topics for the "empirically oriented" clinician. Part II is about 400 pages long and covers a range of child and adolescent assessments, including the Children's Depression Inventory, MMPI-A, PIC-2, Child Behavior Checklist, the Devereux Scales, and the Child and Adolescent Functional Assessment Scales. …

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