A practical guide for those working with patients, this book will assist students in settling into their early placements and form a useful reference for those with more experience. Each chapter includes lists of questions which need to be borne in mind when approaching such topics as what is the reason for referral, what exactly is troubling the patient, what is the relevance of family or personal background, and what is the diagnosis, treatment plan and potential outcome.
The book draws on anthropological and biographical as well as medical models, stresses ways of bridging the humanist and scientific approaches, and emphasizes the value of the patient (as well as the therapist) discovering his or her own story.
Neuropsychological assessment is a difficult and complicated process. Often, experienced clinicians as well as trainees and students gloss over fundamental problems or fail to consider potential sources of error. Since formal test data on the surface appear unambiguous and objective, they may fall into the habit of overemphasizing tests and their scores and underemphasizing all the factors that affect the validity, reliability, and interpretability of test data. But interpretation is far from straightforward, and a pragmatic application of assessment results requires attention to a multitude of issues.This long-awaited, updated, and greatly expanded second edition of the Clinician's Guide to Neuropsychological Assessment, like the first, focuses on the clinical practice of neuropsychology. Orienting readers to the entire multitude of issues, it guides them step by step through evaluation and helps them avoid common misconceptions, mistakes, and methodological pitfalls. It is divided into three sections: fundamental elements of the assessment process; special issues, settings, and populations; and new approaches and methodologies. The authors, all of whom are actively engaged in the clinical practice of neuropsychological assessment, as well as in teaching and research, do an outstanding job of integrating the academic and the practical. The Clinician's Guide to Neuropsychological Assessment, Second Edition will be welcomed as a text for graduate courses but also as an invaluable hands-on handbook for interns, postdoctoral fellows, and experienced neuropsychologists alike. No other book offers its combination of breadth across batteries and approaches, depth, and practicality.
Insanity evaluations represent the most challenging and complex evaluations in forensic psychology and psychiatry. Mental health and legal professionals involved in insanity cases need a solid foundation in current concepts, legal standards, and clinical methods. This need is heightened by the substantial legal and clinical changes that have occurred in the field during the past decade. This text from two leading authorities brings forensic professionals up to date on key issues surrounding insanity evaluations. It provides explicit, research-based guidelines for interview-based assessments, psychological testing and other specialized procedures, and forensic reports and testimony. The volume explores how insanity is conceptualized under the law and differentiated from other standards of criminal responsibility. A range of clinical measures and techniques are examined, with special attention to such relevant phenomena as malingering and amnesia. Included in the appendices are invaluable databases on 413 defendants evaluated for criminal responsibility and 6,479 defendants found not guilty by reason of insanity. For clinicians, the volume provides the knowledge and skills needed to conduct ethical, legally defensible insanity evaluations and to present their findings effectively. Legal professionals will gain a basis for understanding the logic and clinical methods used by mental health experts and for evaluating the quality of their assessments.
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.
In order to accurately describe and diagnose psychiatric illness, practitioners require in-depth knowledge of the signs and symptoms of behavioral disorders. Descriptive Psychopathology provides a broad review of the psychopathology of psychiatric illness, beyond the limitations of the DSM and ICD criteria. Beginning with a discussion of the background to psychiatric classification, the authors explore the problems and limitations of current diagnostic systems. The following chapters then present the principles of psychiatric examination and diagnosis, described with accompanying patient vignettes and summary tables, and related to different diagnostic concerns. A thought-provoking conclusion proposes a restructuring of psychiatric classification based on the psychopathology literature and its validating data. Written for psychiatry and neurology residents, as well as clinical psychologists, it is invaluable to anyone who accepts the responsibility for the care of patients with behavioral syndromes.
A useful book for the specialist engaged in assessment and research'.
- Journal of Analytical Psychology
This book is a must-have for the bookshelf if you are a student or practitioner in the fields of psychology or even sociology. It will be of equal value to anyone working in the fields of brain injury, mental health or related fields. It is a handbook of references, terms and abbreviations related to neuroanatomy, psychology, medicine and their experiments and therapies, as well as dipping in and out of statistical processes and their meanings. The book will have broad appeal from student to practitioner to doctor. This book is a new and improved second edition. I only wish I had known of the existence of the first edition as it will most certainly prove a valuable tool.'
- The Encephalitis Society
The fully revised and updated second edition of this well-established reference provides over 400 new or improved terms, and is an exhaustive guide to the key terms used in psychological testing, assessment and measurement.
Over 3000 definitions offer clear explanations of statistical procedures commonly used in psychology; major psychometric and other psychological tests; categories of mental illness, mental disability, and brain damage; frequently used medical terms; basic neuroanatomy; and types of psychological therapies.
This book is suitable for all levels of understanding, from undergraduate and postgraduate students to practitioners of psychology and associated fields, with particular attention to statistical terms used in typical university syllabuses, as well as tests commonly available in computer packages and cited in psychological journals and similar publications.
Quickly acquire the knowledge and skills you need to confidentlyadminister, score, and interpret behavioral assessment testsBehavioral assessment tests analyze and assess a broad range ofbehavioral problems found among children and adolescents, includinghyperactivity, impulsivity, and ADHD. To use these tests properly, professionals need an authoritative source of advice and guidanceon how to administer, score, and interpret them. Cowritten byleading experts in the behavioral assessment field and the creatorsof the BASC (Behavioral Assessment System for Children), Essentialsof Behavioral Assessment is that source. Like all the volumes in the Essentials of Psychological Assessmentseries, this book is designed to help busy mental healthprofessionals quickly acquire the knowledge and skills they need tomake optimal use of major psychological assessment instruments.Each concise chapter features numerous callout boxes highlightingkey concepts, bulleted points, and extensive illustrative material, as well as test questions that help you gauge and reinforce yourgrasp of the information covered. Essentials of Behavioral Assessment is the first book to providestate-of-the-art interpretive and administrative guidelines tousing the BASC, CRS-R (Conners' Rating Scales-Revised), and CBCL(Achenbach Child Behavior Checklists), the leading and most highlyrecognized behavioral assessment tests used in the field. Theauthors also offer expert assessment of the tests' merits andinclude classroom observations. Other titles in the Essentials of Psychological Assessmentseries: Essentials of WJ IIITM Tests of Achievement Assessment
Essentials of WJ IIITM Cognitive Abilities Assessment
Essentials of WMS?-III Assessment
Essentials of Individual Achievement Assessment
Essentials of Nepsy? Assessment
Essentials of Cross-Battery Assessment
Essentials of Cognitive Assessment with KAIT and Other KaufmanMeasures
Essentials of Nonverbal Assessment
Essentials of WISC-III? and WPPSI-R? Assessment
This guide to functional assessment procedures includes a variety of strategies for assessing problem behavior situations, and presents a systematic approach for designing behavioral support programs based on those assessments. Professionals and other readers learn to conduct functional assessments and develop their own intervention programs.