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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Gary B Kaniuk, Psy.D.(Cermak Health Services)
Description: This book provides resources for the clinician who writes reports on the psychological assessment of children. It is a thesaurus of wording, terms, and phrases so that the writer does not feel compelled to use the same terminology with every child.
Purpose: According to the author in the introduction, the book "provides terms, phrasings, concepts, report formats, and other practical information that clinicians working with children and adolescents use in their daily work."
Audience: The author suggests that the book will help beginning clinicians collect pertinent information from the young client and parents/guardians, teachers, and other professionals; and seasoned clinicians can use it to refresh skills, get ideas about other tests or assessment instruments, improve reports, and develop diagnostic hypotheses about complicated cases. I would add that graduate students in clinical and counseling psychology programs would also benefit, especially those involved in diagnostic externships. Dr. Braaten is assistant professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School and a child psychologist at Massachusetts General Hospital, as well as the internship director of the child psychology program. She has published many papers and book chapters on child assessment.
Features: The book is organized in the same sequence clinicians follow to conduct an evaluation and write a report. Chapter 40 contains forms to use in clinical practice such as those for release of information, developmental histories, behavior management plans, and psychotherapy progress notes, and a limited photocopy license to allow clinicians to reproduce them for use with their clients. This book is full of information, guiding readers through the testing and report-writing process from beginning to end. A clinician will never again be stymied, looking for just the right word. The sample reports are invaluable, especially for graduate students or novice clinicians.
Assessment: This book is a tremendous resource for anyone involved in the assessment of children and adolescents. It truly is one of those reference books that every clinician working with children should have. Dr. Braaten has created a gem, following in the Zuckerman tradition of report-writing handbooks.