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Conducting Psychological Assessment: A Guide for Practitioners

ISBN: 978-0-470-92140-1
528 pages
December 2010
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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.

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Preface.

Acknowledgments.

PART I CONDUCTING PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSESSMENT.

Introduction: The Hypothesis Testing Model.

The Hypothesis Testing Model.

Step 1: Clinical Assessment.

Step 2: Selecting Tests.

Step 3: Testing.

Step 4: Integration of All Data.

Step 5: Writing the Assessment Report.

Step 6: Providing Feedback.

Summary.

Chapter 1 Clinical Interviewing and Hypothesis Building.

The Clinical Interview.

Presenting Problem and Its History.

Symptomatic Evaluation.

Psychosocial Evaluation.

Mental Status Evaluation.

Hypothesis Building.

Summary.

Chapter 2 Selecting Tests.

General Considerations.

Why Test?

The Multimethod Approach.

Test Characteristics.

Practical Considerations

Psychological Assessment Measures.

Summary.

Chapter 3 Testing.

Preparing for Testing.

Testing.

Scoring Tests.

Interpreting Tests.

Summary.

Chapter 4 Integrating Data.

Step 1: Accumulating the Data.

Step 2: Identifying Themes.

Step 3: Organizing the Data.

Step 4: Conceptualizing.

Summary.

Chapter 5 Writing Reports.

The Report Format.

Identifying Information.

Source of Referral and Referral Questions.

Measures Administered.

Notes on Testing.

Description of Patient.

Presenting Problem.

Background Information.

Mental Status Evaluation.

Behavioral Observations.

Overall Interpretation of Test Findings.

Cognitive Functioning.

Personality and Emotional Functioning.

Vocational Functioning.

Summary.

Diagnostic Impressions.

Recommendations.

Signatures.

Appendices.

Summary.

Chapter 6 Providing Feedback.

To Whom Am I Giving Feedback?

Do I Give a Copy of the Report?

How Should the Session Be Structured?

Should I Disclose the Diagnosis?

How is the Session Going?

How Will I Follow Up?

Summary.

PART II CASE STUDIES IN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSESSMENT.

Introduction: Case Studies in Psychological Assessment.

Chapter 7 An Underachieving Woman.

The Clinical Interview.

Review of Neuropsychological Evaluation.

Mental Status Evaluation.

Hypothesis Building.

Selecting Tests.

Accumulating the Data.

Identifying Themes.

Organizing the Data.

Conceptualizing.

Report Writing.

Feedback

Summary.

Chapter 8 A Recovering Alcoholic.

The Clinical Interview.

Mental Status Evaluation.

Hypothesis Building.

Selecting Tests.

Accumulating the Data.

Identifying Themes.

Organizing the Data.

Conceptualizing.

Report Writing.

Feedback

Summary.

Chapter 9 A Young Man Who Steals.

The Clinical Interview.

Mental Status Evaluation.

Hypothesis Building.

Selecting Tests.

Accumulating the Data.

Identifying Themes.

Organizing the Data.

Conceptualizing.

Report Writing.

Feedback

Summary.

Chapter 10 A Boy in Foster Care.

The Clinical Interview.

Mental Status Evaluation.

Hypothesis Building.

Selecting Tests.

Accumulating the Data.

Identifying Themes.

Organizing the Data.

Conceptualizing.

Report Writing.

Feedback

Summary.

Chapter 11 An Anxious Girl.

The Clinical Interview.

Mental Status Evaluation.

Hypothesis Building.

Selecting Tests.

Accumulating the Data.

Identifying Themes.

Organizing the Data.

Conceptualizing.

Report Writing.

Feedback

Summary.

Chapter 12 An Aggressive Boy.

The Clinical Interview.

Mental Status Evaluation.

Hypothesis Building.

Selecting Tests.

Accumulating the Data.

Identifying Themes.

Organizing the Data.

Conceptualizing.

Report Writing.

Feedback

Summary.

References.

Name Index.

Subject Index.

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A. JORDAN WRIGHT, PHD, is a full-time faculty member in the Clinical Psychology PhD Program at Teachers College, Columbia University, and is the Director of Mental Health Services at The HOPE Program, a nonprofit organization serving individuals in poverty. Dr. Wright's primary areas of interest are the process of psychological assessment and the eradication of poverty. He is the Co-Director of Psychological Assessment Services of New York (PASNY).
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