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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Pierre R. Nunez, PhD (Cermak Health Services)
Description: This book updates psychological assessment practice, given the constraints of managed care. The author outlines fee structures for psychological assessment under managed care and recommends outcome-oriented assessment approaches. He identifies applicable assessment instruments and offers discussion of computer-automated assessment processes and their utility in a managed care milieu.
Purpose: The author seeks to promote the clinician's ability to use psychological assessment given current limitations in traditional assessment practices. He describes current practice standards according to federal guidelines for managed care organizations and informs the reader regarding outcome, quality assurance, and risk management issues. Finally, he offers recommendations for new arenas in which assessment can be a valued resource, as in the cases of medical treatment and consultation to treatment facilities.
Audience: The intended audience for this guide consists of students in clinical psychology, new psychologists seeking to build practices that include psychological testing and assessment, and experienced clinicians who wish to enhance or update their skills in psychological assessment in light of current managed care guidelines and standards.
Features: The book features specific information and examples of assessment instruments useful to assessment processes under managed care. The bibliography lists other important resources for assessment instruments and readings on practice issues in psychological assessment.
Assessment: This is an important and much-needed resource for clinical psychologists and students in psychological assessment who are developing skills for the current professional milieu. The author offers practical, well-organized, and highly useful suggestions and recommendations for outcomes assessment and niche marketing in a consultative role. This book is highly useful as a classroom text in psychological assessment. Overall, this book makes a major contribution to training and practice in clinical psychological assessment.