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The Development and Model of Therapeutic Assessment with Children: Application to School-Based Assessment

Deborah J. Tharinger, Lauren S. Krumholz, Cynthia A. Austin and May Matson

in The Oxford Handbook of School Psychology

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780195369809
Published online November 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195369809.013.0096

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 The Development and Model of Therapeutic Assessment with Children: Application to School-Based Assessment

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Therapeutic Assessment (TA) is a relatively new model of psychological assessment that, in addition to offering the benefits of a traditional assessment, also serves as a collaborative, short-term intervention. With variations, TA has been utilized with adults, adolescents, and children; research evidence on efficacy is encouraging. This chapter serves to introduce the model of TA with children to a wider audience, specifically school psychologists, as the use TA with children in schools stands to be a compelling and potent child–family–school intervention. In this chapter we review the development of TA, the rationale for and application of each step of the comprehensive model, and provide guidance to design meaningful feedback plans for parents, teachers and children. We also illustrate its use, with several examples of school-based special education assessment cases to demonstrate how including comprehensive or selected components of TA in school-based assessment of children can result in positive therapeutic change.

Keywords: therapeutic assessment; children; parents; school-based model; collaborative; feedback

Article.  27824 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Educational Psychology ; Psychological Assessment and Testing

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