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Essentials of Testing and Assessment: A Practical Guide for Counselors, Social Workers, and Psychologists, 3rd Edition

  • Edward S. Neukrug Old Dominion University
  • R. Charles Fawcett University of Virginia
  • ISBN-10: 1285454243  |  ISBN-13: 9781285454245
  • 368 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2010, 2006
  • © 2015 | Published
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About

Overview

Comprehensive and easy to read, Neukrug and Fawcett's ESSENTIALS OF TESTING AND ASSESSMENT: A PRACTICAL GUIDE FOR COUNSELORS, SOCIAL WORKERS, AND PSYCHOLOGISTS, 3rd Edition, introduces learners to the concepts and applications of assessment and testing. Case vignettes, samples of real tests, and additional activities and exercises increase understanding.

Features and Benefits

  • Thought-provoking cases, vignettes, and real-life exercises engage students by providing opportunities for hands-on practice.
  • The book guides students step-by-step through the increasingly complex process of gathering information about clients, and suggests specific ways of writing effective test reports.
  • Text illustrations, figures, and examples of test reports and interview outlines help students apply the concepts presented in the chapters.
  • Down-to-earth, easy-to-understand writing clearly explains the use of test statistics and how to apply them to the assessment process.
  • Neukrug and Fawcett devote individual chapters to commonly used assessment techniques in educational ability, intelligence testing, career and occupational assessment, and clinical assessment, with each chapter highlighting the role of the helper in assessment procedures and stressing the importance of sensitivity when assessing any person.

Table of Contents

Section I: UNDERSTANDING THE ASSESSMENT PROCESS: HISTORY, ETHICAL AND PROFESSIONAL ISSUES, DIAGNOSIS, AND THE ASSESSMENT REPORT.
1. History of Testing and Assessment.
2. Ethical, Legal, and Professional Issues in Assessment.
3. Diagnosis in the Assessment Process.
4. The Assessment Report Process: Interviewing the Client and Writing the Report.
Section II: TEST WORTHINESS AND TEST STATISTICS.
5. Test Worthiness: Validity, Reliability, Cross-Cultural Fairness, and Practicality.
6. Statistical Concepts: Making Meaning Out of Raw Scores.
7. Statistical Concepts: Creating New Scores to Interpret Test Data.
Section III: COMMONLY USED ASSESSMENT TECHNIQUES.
8. Assessment of Educational Ability: Survey Battery, Diagnostic, Readiness, and Cognitive Ability Tests.
9. Intellectual and Cognitive Functioning: Intelligence Testing and Neuropsychological Assessment.
10. Career and Occupational Assessment: Interest Inventories, Multiple Aptitude, and Special Aptitude Tests.
11. Clinical Assessment: Objective and Projective Personality Tests.
12. Informal Assessment: Observation, Rating Scales, Classification Methods, Environmental Assessments, Records and Personal Documents, and Performance-Based Assessment.

What's New

  • Chapter 3, “Diagnosis in the Assessment Process,” and Chapter 4, “The Assessment Report Process: Interviewing the Client and Writing the Report” (previously Chapters 11 and 12), appear earlier in the text to help highlight the importance of these topics.
  • Chapters have been reorganized into three sections to better suit classroom teaching: Section I, “Understanding the Assessment Process: Ethical and Professional Issues, Diagnosis, and the Assessment Report”; Section II, “Test Worthiness and Test Statistics”; and Section III, “Commonly Used Assessment Techniques.” The book retains the basic content from the previous edition.
  • Revised throughout to assure currency, this edition includes the most recent information from the DSM-V, updated research and citations, and more information on cross-cultural assessment.
  • Section II presents new information from two national studies (conducted by Neukrug) on the types of instruments used by counselors and taught by faculty.
  • Assessments and tests have been updated to include the most recent versions. In addition, new instruments have been added, including the Wechsler Individual Achievement Test (WIAT), the Woodcock-Johnson® III, the Wechsler Nonverbal Scale of Ability (WNV), the Conners 3, the Beck Anxiety Inventory, the CAT-ASVAB, O*NET's Career Exploration Tools, and other special aptitude tests.

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Efficacy and Outcomes

Reviews

"This text really lives up to its title as it truly serves as a practical testing and assessment guide for counselor, social worker, and psychologists. " - Laurie Carlson, Colorado State University

— Laurie Carlson

"This is a comprehensive and easy to read text that introduces professional readers to the concepts and applications of assessment and texting. Case vignettes, samples of real tests, and additional activities and exercises increase the awareness, knowledge, skills, and cultural views surrounding testing and assessment." - David Carter, University of Nebraska, Omaha

— David Carter

Supplements

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Instructor Supplements

Online Instructor's Manual and Test Bank  (ISBN-10: 1285454359 | ISBN-13: 9781285454351)

An online Instructor's Manual accompanies this book. It contains information to assist the instructor in designing the course, including sample syllabi, discussion questions, teaching and learning activities, field experiences, learning objectives, and additional online resources. For assessment support, the updated test bank includes true/false, multiple-choice, matching, short-answer, and essay questions for each chapter.

Testing Powered by Cognero Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1285454324 | ISBN-13: 9781285454320)

Cengage Learning Testing Powered by Cognero is a flexible, online system that allows you to author, edit, and manage test bank content from multiple Cengage Learning solutions. You can create multiple test versions in an instant and deliver tests from your LMS, your classroom or wherever you want.

Online PowerPoint®  (ISBN-10: 1285857542 | ISBN-13: 9781285857541)

Helping Professions Learning Center 2-Semester Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 0495500879 | ISBN-13: 9780495500872)

Designed to help you bridge the gap between coursework and practice, the Helping Professions Learning Center (HPLC) offers a centralized online resource that allows you to build your skills and gain even more confidence and familiarity with the principles that govern the life of the helping professional. The interactive site consists of: Video Activities organized by curriculum area and accompanied by critical thinking questions; Ethics, Diversity, and Theory-based Case Studies; Flashcards and Practice Quizzes; a Professional Development Center; and a Research and Writing Center.

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Student Supplements

Helping Professions Learning Center 2-Semester Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 0495500879 | ISBN-13: 9780495500872)

Designed to help you bridge the gap between coursework and practice, the Helping Professions Learning Center (HPLC) offers a centralized online resource that allows you to build your skills and gain even more confidence and familiarity with the principles that govern the life of the helping professional. The interactive site consists of: Video Activities organized by curriculum area and accompanied by critical thinking questions; Ethics, Diversity, and Theory-based Case Studies; Flashcards and Practice Quizzes; a Professional Development Center; and a Research and Writing Center.

List Price = $32.00  | CengageBrain Price = $32.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $32.00

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Edward S. Neukrug

Edward S. Neukrug is the former Chair of the Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling and currently Professor of Counseling and Human Services at Old Dominion University, Dr. Edward S. Neukrug has taught counselor education and human services for over thirty years. In addition, he has worked as a substance abuse counselor, a counselor at a crisis center, an outpatient therapist at a mental health center, an associate school psychologist, a school counselor, and as a private practice psychologist and licensed professional counselor. Dr. Neukrug has written dozens of articles and chapters in books, has authored eight books, and was the editor of THE SAGE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THEORY IN COUNSELING AND PSYCHOTHERAPY. Books he has written include: EXPERIENCING THE WORLD OF THE COUNSELOR: A WORKBOOK FOR COUNSELOR EDUCATORS AND STUDENTS (4th Edition); COUNSELING THEORY AND PRACTICE; SKILLS AND TECHNIQUES FOR HUMAN SERVICE PROFESSIONALS; and ESSENTIALS OF TESTING AND ASSESSMENT FOR COUNSELORS, SOCIAL WORKERS, AND PSYCHOLOGISTS (3rd Edition). He has also developed DVDs that demonstrate counseling skills and techniques, an interactive website where users can "meet" major theorists of counseling and psychotherapy and learn more about them and their theories (www.odu.edu/~enekrug), and an interactive survey where one can identify his or her view of human nature (http://ww2.odu.edu/~enekrug/therapists/survey.html).

R. Charles Fawcett

Charles Fawcett is a doctoral student at the University of Virginia. He is formerly a Faculty Lecturer at Old Dominion University where he also received his M.S. Ed. in Counseling. His therapy experience includes working with individuals, couples, and families at an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) as well as leading substance abuse groups. Charles previously served 10 years as a Naval Flight Officer and Bombardier/Navigator in the A-6 Intruder.