The Clinical Assessment of Children and Adolescents: A Practitioner's Handbook

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Leonard Handler
Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2007 - Psychology - 628 pages
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This book highlights assessment techniques, issues, and procedures that appeal to practicing clinicians. Rather than a comprehensive handbook of various tests and measures, The Clinical Assessment of Children and Adolescents is a practitioner-friendly text that provides guidance for test selection, interpretation, and application. With topics ranging from personality assessment to behavioral assessment to the assessment of depression and thought disorder, the leaders in the field of child and adolescent measurement outline selection and interpretation of measures in a manner that is most relevant to clinicians and graduate students. Each chapter makes use of extensive case material in order to highlight issues of applicability.

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About the author (2007)

Steven R. Smith, Ph.D. is an assistant professor in the Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Dr. Smith is a trained child and adolescent psychotherapist and has extensive experience in both assessment research and practice. He completed his Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the University of Arkansas before internship and postdoctoral training at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston. After training, he remained on staff at Massachusetts General Hospital as a child psychotherapist and consultation neuropsychologist.
As a young researcher, Dr. Smith has amassed a number of publications related to behavioral, neuropsychological, and personality assessment. In 2001, he was awarded the Walter Klopfer award from the Society for Personality Assessment for outstanding contribution to the empirical literature. SPA presented him the Anne and Samuel Beck Award for outstanding early career research in personality assessment for 2005. He has recently developed a model of collaborative (therapeutic) neuropsychological assessment and much of his current work explores the relationship between traditional personality assessment and neuropsychology.
Leonard Handler, Ph.D., ABAP is Professor and Associate Director of the Clinical Training Program at the University of Tennessee. Over the past 40 years he has taught assessment to almost 900 graduate students and is a frequent contributor to various clinical journals, especially Journal of Personality Assessment. Dr. Handler is on the Editorial Board of JPA; he is co-editor of the Case Study Section of the Journal. He has been a member of  two APA committees that deal with assessment, and has been the recipient of awards for his research from the University and from the Tennessee Psychological Association.  He also served as Director of the University of Tennessee Psychological Clinic. Dr. Handler is Past-President of the Society for Personality Assessment, co-editor of a text on assessment, Teaching and Learning Personality Assessment, and is completing a text on therapeutic assessment for children and adolescents for Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. He is a fellow of APA, in Division 12, Division of Clinical Psychology. Dr. Handler holds Diplomate status with the American Board of Assessment Psychology.

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