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Assessing Common Mental Health and Addiction Issues With Free-Access Instruments
     

Assessing Common Mental Health and Addiction Issues With Free-Access Instruments

by Katie M. Sandberg, Taryn E. Richards, Bradley T. Erford
 

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Along with healthcare in general, the costs of published assessment instruments and mental health assessment services continue to rise. As it has with many other fields, the Internet offers a more affordable and equitable alternative by allowing for the availability and delivery of numerous moderate and high-quality assessment instruments at little or no cost.

Overview

Along with healthcare in general, the costs of published assessment instruments and mental health assessment services continue to rise. As it has with many other fields, the Internet offers a more affordable and equitable alternative by allowing for the availability and delivery of numerous moderate and high-quality assessment instruments at little or no cost. However, few sources exist that systematically critique and vet the quality of these tools, which is where the current book fills a unique need. This resource identifies the most efficient free access instruments and provides summary information about administration, scoring, interpretation, psychometric integrity, and strengths and weaknesses. Whenever possible, the instrument itself is provided. The book is organized around the 8-9 most common broad range issues encountered by helping professionals, aligned with DSM-V diagnoses and terminology. A companion website will enhance the book by providing links to each assessment and, whenever possible, the instrument will be available directly from the site.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"To those who have tried sorting through the plethora of free-access assessments available on the internet, Assessing Common Mental Health and Addiction Issues With Free-Access Instruments is a real treasure! Covering a wide range of free-access assessments addressing a broad array of mental health disorders, Sandberg, Richards, and Erford provide concise, relevant, and helpful reviews of these instruments. These reviews will allow counseling practitioners to make efficient determinations as to which free-access assessments will be useful in their clinical practice."

—Spencer G. Niles, editor, Journal of Counseling & Development and professor and department head of educational psychology, counseling, and special education, Penn State University

"Sandberg, Richards, and Erford offer a comprehensive review of the most efficient free-access instruments for mental health assessment across common diagnostic categories. The description of each instrument provides concise yet complete information about its purpose, administration, targeted symptoms, scales and scoring, interpretation, psychometric quality, strengths, and weaknesses. This book is a valuable reference for mental health professionals and can also be used to complement textbooks in graduate courses on assessment in counseling."

—Dimiter M. Dimitrov, PhD, professor, George Mason University

"Assessing Common Mental Health and Addiction Issues With Free-Access Instruments is a wonderful resource for clinicians and social-science researchers. In an era where reimbursement for assessment is challenged more by third-party payers and instruments are more costly, Sandberg, Richards, and Erford provide an overview of free instruments with strong psychometric properties to facilitate the counseling process and improve the quality of care for clients."

—Richard S. Balkin, PhD, associate professor and addictions program coordinator, Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi, and editor-elect, Journal of Counseling & Development

 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415898294
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
03/15/2013
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

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"To those who have tried sorting through the plethora of free-access assessments available on the Internet, Assessing Common Mental Health and Addiction Issues With Free-Access Instruments is a real treasure! Covering a wide range of free-access assessments addressing a broad array of mental health disorders, Sandberg, Richards, and Erford provide concise, relevant, and helpful reviews of these instruments. These reviews will allow counseling practitioners to make efficient determinations as to which free-access assessments will be useful in their clinical practice."

—Spencer G. Niles, editor, Journal of Counseling & Development and professor and department head of educational psychology, counseling, and special education, Penn State University

"Sandberg, Richards, and Erford offer a comprehensive review of the most efficient free-access instruments for mental health assessment across common diagnostic categories. The description of each instrument provides concise, yet complete, information about its purpose, administration, targeted symptoms, scales and scoring, interpretation, psychometric quality, strengths, and weaknesses. This book is a valuable reference for mental health professionals and can also be used to complement textbooks in graduate courses on assessment in counseling."

—Dimiter M. Dimitrov, PhD, professor, George Mason University

"Assessing Common Mental Health and Addiction Issues With Free-Access Instruments is a wonderful resource for clinicians and social science researchers. In an era where reimbursement for assessment is challenged more by third-party payers and instruments are more costly, Sandberg, Richards, and Erford provide an overview of free instruments with strong psychometric properties to facilitate the counseling process and improve the quality of care for clients."

—Richard S. Balkin, PhD, associate professor and addictions program coordinator, Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi, and editor-elect, Journal of Counseling & Development

Meet the Author

Katie M. Sandberg, MA, is a national certified counselor, mobile mental health counselor, and a member of both Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology, and Chi Sigma Iota, the International Honor Society in Counseling. She has authored numerous textbook chapters, supplemental instructional materials, and a professional journal article currently undergoing publication in the fields of lifespan, and human development and assessment.

Taryn E. Richards, MEd, is a national certified counselor and a professional secondary school counselor in Maryland. She has authored textbook chapters, supplemental instructional materials, and a professional journal article currently undergoing publication in the fields of lifespan, and human development, treatment, and assessment.

Bradley T. Erford, PhD, is the 2012-2013 President of the American Counseling Association (ACA) and a professor in the school counseling program of the education specialties department in the School of Education at Loyola University, Maryland. He has authored or edited more than 15 books. He has received numerous awards for his scholarship and service to the counseling profession from ACA and the Association for Assessment in Counseling and Education (AACE).

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