The Use of Psychological Testing for Treatment Planning and Outcomes Assessment: Volume 1: General Considerations / Edition 3

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Test-based psychological assessment has been significantly affected by the health care revolution in the United States during the past two decades. Despite new limitations on psychological services across the board and psychological testing in particular, it continues to offer a rapid and efficient method of identifying problems, planning and monitoring a course of treatment, and assessing the outcomes of interventions.

This thoroughly revised and greatly expanded third edition of a classic reference, now three volumes, constitutes an invaluable resource for practitioners who in a managed care era need to focus their testing not on the general goals of personality assessment, symptom identification, and diagnosis so often presented to them as students and trainees, but on specific questions: What course of treatment should this person receive? How is it going? Was it effective?

New chapters describe new tests and models and new concerns such as ethical aspects of outcomes assessment. Volume I reviews general issues and recommendations concerning the use of psychological testing for screening for psychological disturbances, planning and monitoring appropriate interventions, and the assessing outcomes, and offers specific guidelines for selecting instruments. It also considers more specific issues such as the analysis of group and individual patient data, the selection and implementation of outcomes instrumentation, and the ethics of gathering and using outcomes data. Volume II discusses psychological measures developed for use with younger children and adolescents that can be used for the purposes outlined in Volume I; Volume III, those developed for use with adults.

Drawing on the knowledge and experience of a diverse group of leading experts—test developers, researchers, clinicians and others, the third edition of The Use of Psychological Testing for Treatment Planning and Outcomes Assessment provides vital assistance to all clinicians, and to their trainees and graduate students.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Nicholas Greco IV, MS, BCETS, CATSM (Columbia College of Missouri)
Description: This is a needed update of this widely popular book as the practice of mental health is continuously affected by managed care, less time, and less resources. This volume 1 of the 3-volume set serves as not only a primer for the other two volumes, but as a stand-alone teaching tool.
Purpose: The purpose of the revised edition is to provide the necessary updates for an ever-changing practice environment. However, as in the first and second editions, the need for a comprehensive source for how to use test results for planning, monitoring, and assessing the outcomes of psychological interventions continues to be the main focus. The objective is to provide clinicians, who have mastered the basic skills, a way to further develop and/or expand upon their testing knowledge. The book exceeds expectations.
Audience: The book is intended for clinicians and graduate students in psychology and to some degree medicine. These volumes are clearly excellent teaching tools and a comprehensive resource. The author is highly credible and contributes substantially to the field with this three-volume set.
Features: Volume 1 is truly the foundational piece of this third edition. Chapters such as Screening for Psychiatric Disorders, Use of Psychological Tests/Instruments for Treatment Planning, and Ethics Concerns in Outcomes Assessment are well-written, focused, and meets the needs of today's clinicians. The discussions of tests and models are current and focus on the use, predictability, and implementation of these tests.
Assessment: The field is inundated with many books. However, what separates a good book from the not so good is ultimately the utility that it has for the field. This book is the epitome of a worthwhile contribution to the field.

5 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805843293
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/3/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 528
  • Lexile: 1450L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface. M.E. Maruish, Introduction. L.R. Derogatis, W.J. Culpepper, Screening for Psychiatric Disorders. L.E. Beutler, M. Malik, H. Talebi, J. Fleming, C. Moleiro, Use of Psychological Tests/Instruments for Treatment Planning. J.O. Prochaska, J.M. Prochaska, Assessment as Intervention Within the Transtheoretical Model. M.J. Lambert, E.J. Hawkins, Use of Psychological Tests for Assessing Treatment Outcomes. F.L. Newman, D. Rugh, J.A. Ciarlo, Guidelines for Selecting Psychological Instruments for Treatment Planning and Outcomes Assessment. M.E. Maruish, Development and Implementation of a Behavioral Health Outcomes Program. F.L. Newman, S.E. Wong, Progress and Outcomes Assessment of Individual Patient Data: Selecting Single Subject Design and Statistical Procedures. F.L. Newman, M.J. Tejeda, Selecting Statistical Procedures for Progress and Outcome Assessment: The Analysis of Group Data. J.D. Cone, C.J. Dahlberg, Ethics Concerns in Outcomes Assessment. J.S. Lyons, J. Helgerson, K. Fawley, Future Directions in the Use of Psychological Assessment for Treatment Planning and Outcomes Assessment: Predictions and Recommendations.

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