Practitioner’s bookshelf – Psychological assessment, part I

This article features a collection of references and resources on psychological assessment to help you explore responsible test use, personality assessment, multicultural issues and treatment planning

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January 13, 2011 — In this recurring feature, we bring you new releases, best-of-class reference texts and resources you can recommend to your clients. Titles and descriptions come from both the APA Practice Organization’s Amazon Associates Store and APA Books. This issue, we focus on psychological assessment, with volumes that explore responsible test use, personality assessment, multicultural issues and treatment planning.

The next “Practitioner’s Bookshelf” will focus on specific assessment instruments and settings. What other books on psychological assessment have you found helpful and informative? E-mail us and let us know.

Psychological Assessment Resources

General Resources

Handbook of Psychological Assessment 
By Gary Groth-Marnat

Covering principles of assessment, evaluation, referral, treatment planning and report writing, the latest edition of Gary Groth-Marnat’s landmark Handbook of Psychological Assessment has been thoroughly revised and expanded. Written in a practical, skills-based manner, this classic resource offers coverage of the most widely used assessment instruments and has been updated to include new material and cover tests that are growing in popularity, such as brief assessment instruments. The book also provides guidance on the most efficient methods for selecting and administering tests, how to interpret assessment data and how to integrate test scores and develop treatment plans as well as instruction on ways in which to write effective, client-oriented problem-solving psychological reports.

Responsible Test Use: Case Studies for Assessing Human Behavior 
By Lorraine D. Eyde, Gary J. Robertson and Samuel E. Krug

Responsible Test Use: Case Studies for Assessing Human Behavior, Second Edition is an interdisciplinary reference source for promoting quality assurance in testing. It consists of 85 training cases that illustrate a variety of problems related to test use. This book is intended for use as a supplementary textbook in undergraduate and graduate measurement courses and for trainers of specialized assessment practitioners, such as school psychologists and educational diagnosticians. It can also serve as a valuable tool for in-service training or continuing education, for licensing exam preparation and as a resource for other individuals committed to improving assessment practices.

Correcting Fallacies About Educational and Psychological Testing 
Edited by Richard P. Phelps

Standardized testing is used for diagnosis, selection and achievement measurement by individuals in many fields, including psychology, education, employment and professional credentialing. Richard P. Phelps and a team of well-noted measurement specialists present this book as a platform where they describe the current state of public debate about testing across fields, explain and refute the primary criticisms of testing, acknowledge the limitations and undesirable consequences of testing, provide suggestions for improving testing practices and present a vigorous defense of testing and practical vision for its promise and future. Those who are charged with translating the science of testing into public information and policy – including administrators, social scientists, test publishers, professors, and journalists who specialize in education and psychology – should find a wealth of usable information here with which to balance the debate.

Positive Psychological Assessment: A Handbook of Models and Measures 
Edited by Shane J. Lopez and C. R. Snyder

Positive Psychological Assessment is a primer for practitioners and researchers striving to incorporate assessment of human strengths, resources and fulfillment into their work. Contributors examine the scientific underpinnings and practical applications of measures of hope, optimism, self-efficacy, problem-solving, locus of control, creativity, wisdom, courage, positive emotion, self-esteem, love, emotional intelligence, empathy, attachment, forgiveness, humor, gratitude, faith, morality, coping, well-being and quality of life. Vocational and multicultural applications of positive psychological assessment are also discussed, as is the measurement of contextual variables that may facilitate the development or enhancement of human strength. The variety of perspectives offered will be immensely helpful to readers who wish to incorporate balance into their assessments and research through the integration of theoretically grounded positive measures.

Handbook of Personality Assessment 
By Irving B. Weiner and Roger L. Greene

This comprehensive, balanced guide to personality assessment, written by two of the foremost experts in the field, is sure to become the gold standard of texts on this topic. The Handbook of Personality Assessment covers everything from the basics, including a historic overview and detailed discussion of the assessment process and its psychometric foundations, to valuable sections on conducting the assessment interview and the nature, interpretation and applications of the most popular self-report (objective) and performance-based (projective) measures. A concluding section of special topics such as computerized assessment, ethical and legal issues, and report writing are unique to this text.

Integrative Assessment of Adult Personality, Second Edition 
By Larry E. Beutler and Gary Groth-Marnat

Providing a solid grounding in the most widely used approaches to adult personality assessment, this invaluable text presents a framework for constructing a "moving picture" of each client by integrating data from a variety of sources. Students learn to conduct assessments that take the complexities of the individual personality into account, serve as the basis for a rational treatment plan, and facilitate meaningful reporting and client feedback. An ideal text for courses in adult assessment and personality, the volume features an extended case example that brings key concepts to life.

Personality Assessment 
Edited by Robert P. Archer and Steven R. Smith

Personality Assessment provides an overview of the most popular self-report and performance-based personality assessment instruments. Designed with graduate-level clinical and counseling psychology programs in mind, the book serves as an instructional text for courses in objective or projective personality assessment. It provides coverage of eight of the most popular assessment instruments used in the United States—from authors key in creating, or developing the research base for these test instruments. The uniquely informed perspective of these leading researchers, as well as chapters on clinical interviewing, test feedback and integrating test results into a comprehensive report, will offer students and clinicians a level of depth and complexity not available in other texts.

Neuropsychological Assessment 
By Muriel D. Lezak, Diane B. Howieson, David W. Loring, H. Julia Hannay and Jill S. Fischer

Well known as the “bible” in its field, this text/reference has been thoroughly revised and updated by a team of internationally recognized and clinically experienced neuropsychologists. Drawing on their diverse interests, they provide authoritative, broad-based, and in-depth coverage of current research and clinical practice in neuropsychology. Many new topics relevant to current assessment practices have been added to the 4th edition.


Treatment Planning and Therapeutic Assessment

Handbook of Assessment and Treatment Planning for Psychological Disorders, Second Edition 
Edited by Martin M. Antony and David H. Barlow

Widely regarded as a premier clinical reference, this book provides state-of-the-science tools for conducting effective assessments and using the results to plan and monitor evidence-based interventions. Leading authorities present proven approaches to screening and assessment for specific psychological problems. They offer practical guidance and case examples to help clinicians select the best measures for different populations and assessment purposes. Recommended instruments and procedures are described, including applications for managed care and primary care settings.

Personality Assessment in Treatment Planning: Use of the MMPI-2 and BTPI 
By James Butcher and Julia Perry

In this volume, the authors show that objectively interpreted personality measures can be applied in psychotherapeutic assessments to facilitate an understanding of the patient and a thriving treatment program. Here, Butcher and co-author Julia Perry explore the MMPI-2 as well as a new assessment tool, the Butcher Treatment Planning Inventory (BTPI). In using psychological evaluation techniques for treatment planning, many clinicians incorporate information from a broad base of instruments-clinical interview, projective testing, behavioral data, and personal history-and do not rely on data from a single source. Therefore, while this volume focuses on the use of the MMPI-2 and the BTPI in treatment planning, it will provide a context not to the exclusion of other measures.

In Our Clients' Shoes: Theory and Techniques of Therapeutic Assessment 
By Stephen E. Finn

In Our Clients’ Shoes conveniently assembles a number of important papers on the Therapeutic Assessment approach in one resource, explicating its history, theory, techniques, as well as its impact on clients and assessors. Author Stephen E. Finn incorporates pieces presented at various conferences over the past 13 years, in addition to previously unpublished work, with the intent to allow psychologists greater insight into their clients’ perspectives. In Our Clients’ Shoes is appropriate for all clinicians who wish to further impact the lives of their clients and enhance their own wisdom, compassion, and personal and professional development.

Therapeutic Assessment: Using Psychological Testing to Help Clients Change 
By Stephen E. Finn

Collaborative Assessment, or Therapeutic Assessment, has been a recognized concept in clinical and counseling psychology for twenty years and one that is now rapidly growing in popularity. It is a process by which clients play an active role in assessing their mental health, and in doing so accelerate their well-being. Finn has prepared this very detailed handbook for masters and doctoral students in clinical psychology and counseling. He discusses the principles and background of therapeutic assessment, procedures for using it with clients, and special issues that need to be considered.


Multicultural Assessment and Other Diversity Issues

Handbook of Multicultural Assessment: Clinical, Psychological, and Educational Applications 
Edited by Lisa A. Suzuki and Joseph G. Ponterotto

Handbook of Multicultural Assessment offers the most comprehensive text on testing of racial and ethnic minorities in the United States. This thoroughly revised and updated edition includes the most current and state-of-the-art assessment information in a variety of psychological and educational domains. The book highlights new and innovative testing practices and expands the populations of interest to include recent immigrants and refugees. It also includes ways to overcome barriers in the assessment process as well as forensic assessment. This important resource offers an instructional text for conducting culturally competent psychological assessment for clinicians, educators, and researchers.

Assessing Hispanic Clients Using the MMPI-2 and MMPI-A 
By James N. Butcher, Jose Cabiya, Emilia Lucio and Maria Garrido

Written by front-line experts in the use of the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI), Assessing Hispanic Clients Using the MMPI-2 and MMPI-A discusses the utility of psychological tests based on U.S. norms in making clinical decisions for clients from different cultural backgrounds. The MMPI instruments are the most extensively researched and widely used personality instruments with Spanish-speaking clients. The authors provide readers a critical sociocultural context in the use of the MMPI-2 and MMPI-A in the clinical assessment of Hispanic clients in the U.S. and abroad. Psychologists and other practitioners are offered a practical guide for clinical interpretation of test results, with advice on addressing biases, challenges to protocol validity, and other potential barriers to the culturally appropriate and ethical use and interpretation of the tests.

Assessing Individuals With Disabilities in Educational, Employment, and Counseling Settings 
Edited by Ruth B. Ekstrom and Douglas K. Smith

Assessing Individuals With Disabilities is an indispensable reference for testing professionals as they face the challenge of how best to assess and test people with disabilities. The book begins with a review of the legal and psychometric issues that must be considered. Next, the contributors describe frequently used testing accommodations, documentation of accommodations, and how to report scores when accommodations are used. The contributors then cover issues that are of special concern in clinical and counseling settings, in educational settings and in assessment for employment, certification and licensing. Throughout the volume the authors emphasize equity as the basis for accommodations. Because approximately twenty percent of the United States population has some type of disability, the information contained here will prove an invaluable reference for psychologists, counselors, educators, employers, test makers and testing professionals.

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