The Benefits of Psychological Assessments and When to Use Them
As a clinical psychologist, it is my experience that psychological assessments – involving the use of comprehensive psychometric measures – are the most under-utilised elements in mental health care. Psychological assessments offer enormous power for clinicians and patients. I’ve also found that my colleagues in Psychiatry often have not been afforded the practical opportunity to experience the benefits the psychological assessment process might bring to their own practice.
And the benefits are many.
In this first article of three I want to layout what psychological assessments are and how they can be used to enhance your own practice. Often times, I’ve spoken with psychiatrists struggling with a client who has tried all of the medications, is ambivalent about therapy, and seems to making little to no change in the course of the treatment. It is this situation that I see as perfect for the psychological assessment process that I’m going to share with you in these blog articles on Psych Scene Hub.
Poston, J. M., & Hanson, W. E. (2010) Meta-Analysis of Psychological Assessment as a Therapeutic Intervention, Psychological Assessment, 22 (2), pp. 200-212