1st Edition

Therapeutic Assessment with Adults Using Psychological Testing to Help Clients Change

    322 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    322 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book is a comprehensive guide to Therapeutic Assessment (TA) with adults, showing how to collaboratively engage clients in psychological testing to help them achieve major and long-lasting change.

    This guide clearly lays out each step of TA with adults, including its rationale and detailed instructions on how to handle a range of clinical situations. Additionally, in part one, the authors fully describe the development of TA, its theoretical bases, and the most up-to-date research on the model. In the second part of the book, the authors describe the structure and techniques of TA, and illustrate each step with transcripts from a clinical case. Further clinical illustrations help the reader understand how to conduct a TA with different types of clients, including those from culturally diverse backgrounds.

    This book is essential for all clinicians, therapists and trainees working with adult clients; along with students in assessment courses.

    Part 1: THEORETICAL BASES, DEVELOPMENT AND RESEARCH ON THERAPEUTIC ASSESSMENT  1. How Can a Psychological Assessment Be Therapeutic?  2. Development of Therapeutic Assessment  3. Research on Therapeutic Assessment  Part 2: STEPS OF THERAPEUTIC ASSESSMENT WITH ADULT CLIENTS  4. Initial Contact  5. Initial Session  6. Administering Psychological Testing and Conducting the Extended Inquiry  7. Case Conceptualization  8. Assessment Intervention Session  9. Summary/Discussion Session  10. Written Feedback  11. Follow-up Session  12. Learning, Practicing and Marketing Therapeutic Assessment  13. Forward! 


    Francesca Fantini is a licensed psychologist at the European Center for Therapeutic Assessment, Università Cattolica di Milano, Italy, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Therapeutic Assessment institute.  

    Filippo Aschieri is a licensed psychologist at the European Center for Therapeutic Assessment and Associate Professor of Psychology at the Università Cattolica di Milano, Italy. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Therapeutic Assessment Institute.

    Raja M. David is a licensed psychologist and the founder and owner of the Minnesota Center for Collaborative/Therapeutic Assessment in St. Paul, MN.

    Hale Martin is a licensed psychologist in Denver, CO, and Clinical Professor in the Graduate School of Professional Psychology at the University of Denver. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Therapeutic Assessment Institute.

    Stephen E. Finn is a licensed psychologist at the Center for Therapeutic Assessment in Austin, TX, and Clinical Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. He is President of the Therapeutic Assessment Institute.

    Fantini and colleagues exquisitely convey state-of-the-art knowledge of Therapeutic Assessment with adults in this highly engrossing book that grounds specific TA methods in their theoretical, conceptual, and empirical bases. This is a valuable resource for every personality assessor, psychotherapist, assessment instructor, and student interested in the depth and impact of assessment interventions.

    Radhika Krishnamurthy, Clinical Psychology Professor at Florida Tech, and Former President of the Society for Personality Assessment

    The authors sensitively illustrate, from first contact with an assessment client through to their summary session and beyond, how the assessor's role can facilitate transformative change. A decade-plus into my experience with Therapeutic Assessment, I found myself learning significantly from this volume, and grateful for the chance to further refine my approach.

    Seth Grossman, primary co-author of the MCMI-IV

    This eagerly-awaited textbook comprehensively encapsulates the theory and practice of Therapeutic Assessment, the term created by Stephen E. Finn three decades ago to describe his unique assessment practice. This is essential reading for psychologists worldwide who want to advance their assessment skills and learn a proven method of helping clients change.

    Noriko Nakamura, Clinical Director, Asian-Pacific Center for Therapeutic Assessment, Tokyo

    Useful both to students learning the craft of psychological assessment as well as practicing professionals…All readers regardless of their experience will surely benefit from the trenchant observations present in the abundant detailed case examples and transcripts. 

    Mark H. Waugh, Hannah Hunter Mckenzie Martin and Will Kelner, book review, Journal of Personality Assessment, Taylor & Francis Group, 2023