March 6 & 13 | 11:00 am - 3:00 pm (ET)


Pamela Schaber, PhD | Therapeutic Assessment Institute
Filippo Aschieri, PhD | European Center for Therapeutic Assessment, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (UCSC) di Milano

Workshop Information:

Psychological assessment is typically viewed as something one does to diagnosis psychological disorders or to plan for or evaluate an intervention. This workshop presents a new paradigm for the psychological assessor, where psychological testing itself is a powerful intervention for individuals, couples, children and adolescents. Moving beyond the traditional view of assessment as an information-gathering tool, Stephen Finn and colleagues developed and researched Therapeutic Assessment, a collaborative effort between the client and the assessor with the goal being therapeutic change. Two meta-analyses published in 2010 and 2011 showed that simply providing clients feedback is as effective as many longer psychotherapies. In this introductory workshop, two certified members of the Therapeutic Assessment Institute will explain current thinking of how Therapeutic Assessment works and will present the different steps for how to conduct this method in practice. In addition to the presentation of didactic material and discussion, Drs. Aschieri and Schaber will show video vignettes from their sessions with clients to demonstrate the power and impact of the TA model. The workshop assumes some familiarity with standard psychological assessment instruments such as the WAIS-IV, the MMPI-2/MMPI-2 RF, the Rorschach, and the TAT or the AAP.

Goals and Objectives:

1. Use psychological assessment as a therapeutic intervention as well as an information-gathering tool.

2. Use the active therapeutic factors in psychological assessment and maximize them in their daily practice.

3. Use the initial session of an assessment as an occasion to promote clients' change.

4. Use self-report and performance-based tests to demonstrate assessment findings to clients.

5. Use test feedback sessions to positively impact clients.

6. Use a style of psychological report that can be shared with clients.

Skill Level:

This is an introductory workshop designed for all assessors willing to use Therapeutic Assessment techniques.

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