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Interviewing For Assessment: A Practical Guide for School Psychologist and School Counselors

Interviewing For Assessment: A Practical Guide for School Psychologist and School Counselors

Michael Hass

ISBN: 978-1-119-16686-3

Jul 2018

216 pages




An indispensable guide for school psychologists and school counselors on assessment interviewing

Assessment Interviewing is a collaborative, strengths-based approach to the subject that helps professionals develop the skills and knowledge necessary to effectively gather the information they need in order to assess children's social, emotional, and academic functioning. Practical and easy to read, it provides step-by-step guidelines for structuring interviews for different purposes, communicating respect and understanding, and strategies for gathering information from children of different ages, cultures, and social standings. 

Chapter contains case studies and examples that illustrate how to clarify and classify problems, understand strengths and resources, appreciate the role of culture in interviews and respond to risk of suicide.  The book concludes with a chapter on how to communicate the key information gathered into a comprehensive assessment or intervention plan. 

  • Addresses the unique interviewing needs of school-based professionals
  • Features numerous practice exercises
  • Provides strategies and guidelines for integrating the information gathered from interviews into a comprehensive assessment or intervention plan
  • Includes interview protocols and end-of-chapter checklists

This book is an ideal resource for school-based practitioners and graduate courses in assessment, counseling, and seminars attached to fieldwork.


Chapter 1 Introduction to Interviewing for Assessment

Chapter 2 Interviews as Part of a Comprehensive Assessment

Chapter 3 Steps in Interviewing for Assessment

Chapter 4 Interviewing Strategies

Chapter 5 The School-Based Mental Status Exam

Chapter 6 Interviewing Culturally Diverse Interviewees

Chapter 7 Strategies for Interviewing Young Children

Chapter 8 Interviewing to Clarify and Classify Problems

Chapter 9 Interviewing about Academic Performance

Chapter 10 Interviewing to Understand Strengths and Resources

Chapter 11 Interviewing in High-risk Situations: Suicide Assessment

Chapter 12 Pulling It All Together and Communicating  the Results of Assessment Interviews

Appendix 1

Appendix 2 

Appendix 3

Appendix 4