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Using Test Data in Clinical Practice
A Handbook for Mental Health Professionals


May 2002 | 256 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

"I do think the idea proffered by these authors is a wonderful one: a text that will facilitate graduate students' application of widely-used personality, intelligence, and career tests…Their systematic, step-by-step approach will be welcomed, I'm sure."

-- Gordon MacNeil, University of Alabama

"I believe that the book provides an additional guide in using and interpreting test results and would be useful in professional libraries and as a supplementary text in courses that integrate assessment information at the graduate level."

-- Roy H. Tunick, West Virginia University

  Material presented in many testing textbooks is appropriately broad and comprehensive, but the effect for students new to testing is difficulty in then translating the extensive information into the practical skills of administering, scoring, and interpreting tests to help inform the treatment process. Few resources exist to help students and mental health clinicians with the daunting task of learning how to synthesize test data from numerous instruments into a meaningful treatment plan and strategy for a client.

This book was written to address that need. It provides readers with clear and detailed step-by-step procedures for using the WAIS-III, MMPI 2, MMPI A, Kuder Occupational Interest Survey, and the Strong Interest Inventory. It features case examples and practice opportunities in test usage, detailed discussion of approaches to client feedback and report writing, and a review of ethical and legal considerations in using tests in clinical settings. It takes readers through a systematic explanation of how to understand and integrate data from multiple sources to maximize the information gleaned from the tests. It also emphasizes using test data to maximize helpfulness to the client and how to interpret test data to clients in language that is understandable. 


 
Preface
 
Introduction to Testing in Clinical Practice
 
The WAIS-III: Guidelines for Administration and Interpretation
 
Presentation of WAIS-III Findings in Reports and to Clients
 
The MMPI-2 and MMPI-A: Guidelines for Administration and Interpretation
 
Effective MMPI Feedback Sessions and Written Reports
 
The Strong Interest Inventory and the Kuder Career Search
 
Interest Inventory Interpretation
 
Adult Case Study
 
Ethical and Legal Responsibilities in Testing in Clinical Situations
 
Appendix A: MMPI-2 Practice Case of Jerome

"I do think the idea proffered by these authors is a wonderful one: a text that will facilitate graduate students’ application of widely-used personality, intelligence, and career tests…Their systematic, step-by-step approach will be welcomed, I’m sure." 

Gordon MacNeil
University of Alabama

"I believe that the book provides an additional guide in using and interpreting test results and would be useful in professional libraries and as a supplementary text in courses that integrate assessment information at the graduate level." 

Roy H. Tunick
West Virginia University
Key features

 

  • emphasis on the manner in which test results can be used to inform and direct the process of setting treatment goals and selecting appropriate treatment strategies (especially important because the value of testing lies in the extent to which it can be applied to the treatment process);
  • an emphasis on how to communicate test results to clients and referral sources, a vital and sensitive skill that's often neglected in core textbooks on testing; and
  • numerous client case examples, a case study, discussion questions and experiential learning activities, and suggestions on how to provide oral and written feedback to clients help students develop practical skills.

 

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