Howto integrate assessment data with counseling material
Psychologicalassessment is done with an aim of helping psychologists to understandan individual better. CohenSwerdlik & Sturman (2013) argue that itoffers valuable insights into an individual’s behavior,personality, skills, and thoughts. Some of the common psychologicaltesting techniques include but not limited to personal testing,skill testing and intelligence testing. All these tests are conductedwith an aim of providing assessment data. In order to create moreawareness in the field of Psychological assessment, we can come upwith ways on how to integrateassessment data with other counseling material.
Thefocus of a psychological assessment is never on a single test scorenumber. The reason being that each and every individual has a seriesof competencies that can be evaluated by some of the methods statedabove. A psychologists work is, therefore, to assess a person’sstrengths and weaknesses and give a report on the same in a way thatis beneficial to the client (Boyle,2012). Thispsychological assessment aids an individual in determining thechanges that he/she ought to take, diagnosis if any and a plan fortreatment.
Assessmentdata has very paramount implications in terms of instructions(Gibson, 2010). It can be integrated with other counseling materialby comparing one’s performance on the test with samples of otherperson’s data from the general populations. All this is in an aimto get valuable information about an individual’s character. Thereport that is generated by the psychologist can then be used byother relevant parties that may need your information.
Takean example where an individual becomes an alcoholic and is advised togo to a rehabilitation center. If a Psychologicalassessment test had already been conducted on the individual, thecounselor will just look at the assessment report and use it as abasis for his/her treatment. Such an action would save the counselortime and the sick person costs that would be associated in re-takingthe test.
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Gibson,M. (2010). The counseling. Boston: Graphia.