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What is "About Assessment"?

August 31, 2011


Psychologists have been developing means of assessing individuals since the beginning of the profession. Although psychological testing (which is only a part of assessment) began with attempts to evaluate and categorize intelligence and the capacity to learn, today's psychologists assess a wide range of human functioning to assist psychotherapists and psychiatrists better plan treatment interventions, courts to make determinations about matters such as child custody, criminal responsibility, or psychological damage as a result of harassment or discrimination, schools and other institutions plan for the most effective learning or rehabilitation programs. In recent years, there has been developed a procedure known as Therapeutic Assessment, in which personality assessment coupled with structured feedback is used as a mode of psychological treatment in and of itself.


Psychologists have developed structured, test-based methods of assessment, because we have found that these are more objective and efficient ways of gathering and integrating information and, thus, answering clinical questions, then relying upon interviews alone. At the same time, the process of assessment can appear mysterious-even occult-to the general public, and there is considerable misinformation abroad. In the coming months, this blog will be offering information about assessment for both mental health professionals and interested non-professionals. We urge you to check back often. Please, also, feel free to leave a comment about what kind of information you would like us to cover.


The Society for Personality Assessment is an international learned society dedicated to the advancement of research and practice in the area of personality assessment. We view it as our mission to advance the field for the benefit of mental health professionals and the public at large.


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Proficiency

The American Psychological Association (APA) officially recognizes Personality Assessment as a Proficiency in Professional Psychology. SPA has taken lead role in developing and implementing Personality Assessment Proficiency

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Ask your favorite personality assessor what the biggest personality assessment convention is, and he/she will tell you it's the Annual Convention of the Society for Personality Assessment. Ask him/her what the best personality assessment convention is, and he/she will tell you it's the Annual Convention of the Society for Personality Assessment, held every March in a different city.

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Each April, candidates statements and a Ballot for electing new members to the Board of Trustees is made available to Members, Fellows, Life Members or Life Fellows by the Nominations and Elections Committee. The persons elected to the Board take office in September.

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The Society for Personality Assessment YouTube channel offers full-length lectures from past annual conventions and expert speakers in the field of personality assessment. A great resource to expand your knowledge.

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How Therapeutic Assessment Works: Theory and Techniques - Presented by Stephen E. Finn, PhD. In this webinar, Dr. Stephen Finn, the main developer of Therapeutic Assessment, will explain the techniques of TA and how they relate to TA’s underlying theory of client change. This session is particularly suited to those who are new to TA, including graduate students, or who wish to deepen their understanding of its therapeutic mechanisms.

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