The Society for Personality Assessment (SPA) Practice Guidelines Task Force has created Professional Practice Guidelines to serve as an aid for "best practices" in personality assessment based upon established professional ethics and contemporary research evidence. Before the guidelines are submitted to the SPA Board of Trustees, the Task Force would like to receive comments from the assessment community.
Comments and commenter names will be public, while email addresses used in the submission process will be kept confidential. Please revisit this webpage to see the current comments, which are updated on a weekly basis.
All comments must be submitted by November 5, 11:59 p.m. (ET). Please fill out this form through this link or submit below to share you public comments. The task force will consider all comments received and make appropriate revisions, should they be deemed necessary prior to approval of the final version.
Comments as of 10/27/20
Filippo Aschieri: Great job in putting together such a useful and informative material on personality assessment. With the aim of providing a complete information about personality assessment, I suggest the task force to include a section on the use of personality assessment as a therapeutic intervention. Hence, I propose to add a paragraph on Collaborative/Therapeutic Assessment. I guess that it could fit best in the section 4. SCOPE AND CONTEXTS.
Wilbur Nelson Jr.: All comments pertain to Scope and Contexts section.
Paragraph on neuropsych evaluations makes it sound as if personality assessment is always one component of a full neuropsych evaluation; this is misleading, as I get many child/teen referrals for behavioral, emotional, and/or social issues, for which a stand alone personality assessment is indicated.
Many personality assessment requests are from colleagues treating outpatients and asking for diagnostic clarification and treatment recommendations; section makes it sound as if most referrals are from inpatient or medical settings.
Justin Barry: First, I want to express appreciation for this effort, as well as the thoroughness of the document itself. I also appreciate the emphasis that personality assessment is not a generalist ability; I believe it is essential we carve ourselves out to be specialists, both to protect quality and preserve reimbursement.
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