Corresponding Author Information: Alexandra Miguel

Session Abstract: There is quite a bit of literature and supplemental resource material available regarding the assessment of clients whose secondary, rather than primary, language is English. However, very little is written about the interaction between a student's monolinguality or bilinguality and a client's monolinguality or bilinguality. The overwhelming majority of assessment training assumes both a student's and client's primary language is English. A student's primary language and bilingual abilities, however, can be a significant factor in assessing clients, whether their primary language is English or not. These language factors can affect every aspect of the assessment process, including building rapport, clinical interviewing, test selection, administration, scoring, and interpretation of measures, legal and ethical issues, diversity factors, case conceptualization, integration, report writing, and verbal feedback. Bringing awareness to these issues, including student perspectives of the potential and actual impact of these factors on the assessment process, is vital to the field of assessment training and supervision, in order to reduce any potential negative impact on the student, trainee, supervisory relationship, and client. This session will discuss the nuances experienced by students and highlight lessons they have learned from the different configurations of assessor/client language capacity.  The recent added component of remote assessment or in-person testing with protective equipment such as masks will also be reviewed.

Chair Information: Hadas Pade | CSPP Alliant International University SF Bay

Discussant Information: A. Jordan Wright | New York University Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, 246 Greene Street, NYC

Presentation 1 Title: English speaking student working with bilingual client

Presenters:

Alexandra Miguel | CSPP Alliant International University SF Bay, Emeryville CA

Presentation 2 Title: Bilingual student working with English speaking client

Presenters:

Ksenia Ryckman | CSPP Alliant International University SF Bay, Emeryville CA

Presentation 3 Title: Bilingual student working with bilingual client

Presenters:

Fabiola Estebanez | CSPP Alliant International University SF Bay, Emeryville CA

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