Corresponding Author Information: Julia Feinberg
Session Abstract: Most of us take for granted the general underlying assumptions of administering psychological tests- that we can clearly see the testing materials; fluently read out directions and answer questions; easily hear, process, and document clients' responses; and manipulate necessary testing materials without issue. However, that is not always the case. While there is some existing research about accommodating clients with disabilities with various psychological tests, little is written with respect to examiners with disabilities or training doctoral students with disabilities. The limited literature available suggests high rates of prejudice and discrimination against trainees with disabilities during assessment training. This poster will briefly describe the limited literature available regarding challenges and accommodations for examiners with visual, auditory, mobility and learning disabilities as well as the relevance of recent technological advances in the field. As previous literature focuses on performance tests of cognitive ability and intelligence, this poster will focus on the less-considered topic of accessibility considerations for trainees with disabilities who are conducting personality assessments. Direct trainee experiences will illustrate a number of challenges when utilizing personality measures, including self-reports and performance-based tests (in particular the Rorschach), and provide several recommendations for trainees as well as their instructors and supervisors. Some consideration of the impact of teleassessment is included.
Julia Feinberg | California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International University, San Francisco Bay Area
Lily Bigalke | California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International University, San Francisco Bay Area
Hadas Pade | California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International University, San Francisco Bay Area
Cara Miller | Department of Psychology, Gallaudet University