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Psychological Testing versus Assessment

Distinguishing Between Psychological Assessment and Psychological Testing
As you reviewed in this week's readings, one major purpose of psychological assessment is to assess a client's needs and to determine what types of treatment or support might benefit that client. A psychological test is "one small part of an assessment" (Gregory, 2013). It is important for clinicians to understand this information so that they can request the appropriate assessment process that will provide useful and relevant information with regard to their client and his or her treatment. Keep in mind, taking a course or training in psychological assessment or learning about psychological tests does not mean you are eligible to administer psychological tests.
For this Discussion, you distinguish between the process of psychological assessment and psychological tests and consider the appropriate and inappropriate uses of resulting data.
With these thoughts in mind:
Post by Day 4 a brief explanation of the significance of the psychological assessment process in clinical practice. Then explain the difference between the psychological assessment process and psychological tests. Finally, explain three ways psychological assessment data may be misused or misinterpreted in clinical practice.

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Dear Student,
Hi and thank you for using Brainmass. The solution below should get you started. In this particular task, you are asking for help in putting together a discussion on the topic of psychological assessments. It is to show an understanding of psychological assessments process and psychological tests. I suggest using this simple outline:
1. About Testing and Assessments - 200 words
2. Misuse and misinterpretation of data in practice - 200 words

This outline should yield 400 words which should cover what you need. You can also use the listed resources to further explore the topic. All the best with your studies.

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AE 105878/Xenia Jones

Tests and Assessments

In psychology, tests and assessments seem to refer to the same thing. There is however a subtle difference. First off, they are psychological evaluations - taken to determine and find out underlying issues and other related information about individuals to primarily put together a diagnosis for a variety of reasons (i.e. fit-for-purpose in job intakes like in law enforcement, to put together treatment plans for those suffering from a variety of psychological issues). According to the APA (2016), "Tests and assessments are two separate but related components of a psychological evaluation. Psychologists use both types of tools to help them arrive at a diagnosis ...

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The solution provides information, assistance and advise in tackling the task (see above) on the topic of psychological testing vs. assessment. Resources are listed for further exploration of the topic.

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