Clinician's Guide to Psychological Assessment and Testing: With Forms and Templates for Effective Practice

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Springer Publishing Company, Sep 18, 2012 - Psychology - 448 pages
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"Overall, this is an excellent guide to the use and administration of psychological tests. It provides straightforward directions and instructions on how to utilize testing in such a way as to better inform clinical practice. I could see this book as a mainstay on any counselorís bookshelf, especially those who are seeking a way to utilize standardized testing in their practice."--The Professional Counselor Journal

ìFinally, a detailed and crystal clear guide to psychological assessment that effectively integrates 'best practices' with the realities of negotiating the mental health care system and insurance providers. I plan to draw on this practical guide in my private practice and to incorporate it as a required text in my advanced counseling assessment classes at both the masterís and doctoral level. This book is a treasure for any mental health professional involved in psychological assessment.î

Joseph G. Ponterotto, PhD
Professor of Counseling Psychology, Fordham University

Standardized psychological testing is often essential for reliably determining the presence of a wide range of psychiatric and personality disorders, along with effectively addressing related issues that may require a psychological referral. This nuts-and-bolts guide to conducting efficient and accurate psychological testing in clinical settings provides mental health professionals with experienced guidance in the entire process, and includes a complete set of forms and templates for all aspects of assessment and testing, from the initial referral and diagnostic interview to the final report.

Based on the authorís experience with over two thousand psychological and neuropsychological testing cases, this highly practical book presents a standardized process of assessment, testing, interpretation, report-writing, and presenting feedback to patients, family members, and other professionals. Actual case examples of patients from a wide age range illustrate the assessment and testing process in action. The text provides printed and electronic versions of referral and related forms, initial psychological assessment report templates that include critical areas of coverage for obtaining insurance approval, and interpretation tables for an exceptional inventory of key standardized psychological tests. Integral to the book is a review of psychological tests in seven key categories that most effectively address differential diagnostic dilemmas and related referral questions that clinicians are likely to encounter in practice. It also provides effective strategies for selecting the appropriate tests based on the particular diagnostic questions, guidance for successfully obtaining insurance approval for a targeted yet feasible number of testing hours, and an efficient system for simultaneous test interpretation and report writing.

Key Features:

  • Includes an overview of the assessment process, from the initial referral to completion of the final report
  • Features effective reviews of commonly used tests, including neuropsychological, intelligence, personality, and behavioral inventories
  • Includes print and digital templates and forms for all phases of assessment and testing
  • Aids clinicians in both private practice and other health care settings to work within managed care and be effectively reimbursed for services
  • Includes information on conducting forensic competency to stand trial assessments, including the authorís new measure of assessing a defendantís understanding of the legal system


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About the author (2012)

John M. Spores, PhD, JD, is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Purdue University North Central in Westville, Indiana, and practicing Psychologist in the State of Indiana (License #20040638A). He is also licensed as an Attorney at Law (Indiana Bar #21404-64). Dr. Spores specializes primarily in the area of psychological assessment and testing. In 1990, he received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, including a minor in Developmental Psychology, from Purdue University at West Lafayette, Indiana. He earned his J.D. degree from Valparaiso University School of Law, Valparaiso, Indiana, which was conferred in 1998.

He has a loving family including his devoted wife Billie Ladas Spores, fraternal twin children Andrew and Demetra Spores, and two loyal (although occasionally intransigent) long-haired dachshunds Max and Moe Spores. He and his family are Orthodox Christians and members of Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Merrillville, Indiana, Father Theodore Poteres, Priest. The Eastern Orthodox Faith plays a fundamental role in his and his family's life.

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