Assessment Procedures for Counselors and Helping Professionals eBook, 8th Edition

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Assessment Procedures for Counselors and Helping Professionals eBook, 8th Edition

By Robert J. Drummond, Carl J. Sheperis, Karyn D. Jones
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For courses in Psychological Testing and Assessment in Counseling


A classic textbook for aspiring counselors, now updated and expanded to improve its usefulness and relevance for practicing counselors.


Since its first publication in 1988, Assessment Procedures for Counselors and Helping Professionals has become a classic among assessment textbooks designed specifically for aspiring counselors. Now in its 8th Edition the text includes extensive changes to content and updating throughout, while maintaining its popular, easy-to-read format and continuing emphasis on assessment information that is most useful and relevant for school counselors, marriage and family therapists, mental health counselors, and other helping professionals. Throughout the text, readers get invaluable information and examples about widely used assessment instruments in order to become familiar with these well-known tests. 

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  • Through the many features in the text, students are able to:
    • Learn the essential topics and see clearly how the elements of assessment interact through a restructured presentation.
      • NEW! A new introductory framework sets the stage for the rest of the book. Readers build upon the information and integrate it into all of the necessary components for effective assessment practice.
      • NEW! A broad look at the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) and its use in clinical assessment is presented.
      • NEW! Included is new information about the mental status exam, suicide risk assessment, and behavioral observation used in clinical assessment.
      • NEW! Extensively revised chapters on statistical concepts, understanding scores, and reliability and validity reflect current national and international standards of assessment. Readers become better consumers and evaluators of assessment instruments.
    • Reinforce learning through discussion questions and activities built into the text of each chapter.
    • Apply the reading material to the major instruments used in counseling with the help of the overview in Chapter 4.
    • Turn to a variety of resources in a single volume. This edition integrates the ancillary materials from previous editions right into the textbook.
    • Select the right assessment instruments for clients using the text’s best practices for evaluating assessment instruments.
      • NEW! All chapters are updated and improved to include the most current information about specific assessment strategies and instruments. Students get the most contemporary strategies based on national and international standards.
      • NEW! Updated information about new editions of tests and assessment instruments reflect the latest improvements in the field.
    • Gain and use modern perspectives on validity, as presented in Chapter 6.
  • Additional updating includes:
    • NEW information related to school assessment programs, including:
      • Specific information about the common assessment activities performed by school counselors.
      • Updated information about conducting needs assessments, assessing specific learning disabilities, assessing giftedness, and environmental assessment in the schools.
    • UPDATED overview of ethical codes from professional organisations relevant to assessment to reflect new standards, including an updated and expanded section on statutes and regulations that have implications for assessment.
    • NEW! The text follows best practices for assessment issues with diverse populations, including:
      • An expanded discussion of test bias in multicultural assessment, including content bias, internal structure bias, and selection bias.
      • An updated section on assessing individuals with disabilities to encompass assessment of individuals with visual impairment, hearing impairment, intellectual disability, and other disabilities.
Table of contents
  • PART ONE Principles and Foundations of Psychological and Educational Assessment
  • Chapter 1 Introduction to Assessment
  • Chapter 2 Methods and Sources of Assessment Information
  • Chapter 3 Statistical Concepts
  • Chapter 4 Understanding Assessment Scores
  • Chapter 5 Reliability/Precision
  • Chapter 6 Validity
  • Chapter 7 Selecting, Administering, Scoring, and Interpreting Assessment Results
  • PART TWO Overview of Assessment Areas
  • Chapter 8 Assessment of Intelligence and General Ability 
  • Chapter 9 Assessment of Achievement
  • Chapter 10 Assessment of Aptitude
  • Chapter 11 Career and Employment Assessment
  • Chapter 12 Personality Assessment
  • PART THREE Applications and Issues Related to Assessment
  • Chapter 13 Clinical Assessment
  • Chapter 14 Assessment in Education
  • Chapter 15 Assessment Issues with Diverse Populations
  • Chapter 16 Communicating Assessment Results
  • Chapter 17 Ethical and Legal Issues in Assessment