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Assessment for Counselors, 2nd Edition

  • Bradley T. Erford Loyola College in Maryland
  • ISBN-10: 084002861X  |  ISBN-13: 9780840028617
  • 512 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2007
  • © 2013 | Published
  • List Price = $ 172.95
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About

Overview

Erford's book presents a broad overview of basic issues in psychological and educational assessment. The book familiarizes students with the essentials of testing, covering such concepts as ethical, legal, and diversity issues; reliability, validity, and test construction; and the pertinent tests needed by professional counselors to conduct thorough and effective assessments. Erford's guidance on basic procedures such as test selection, as well as the book's examples and applications relevant to a range of practices and clientele, help students learn how and when to use the correct assessment tools with diverse clients. In addition, the author and other contributors focus on the importance of counselor identity and the essentials of this complex field.

Features and Benefits

  • The text is aligned with the assessment curriculum standards required by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs.
  • Full chapters discuss the finer points that professional counselors need to understand when engaging in all forms of assessment.
  • Current American Counseling Association ethical standards and positions statements from the ACA and other professional organizations appear throughout the text.

Table of Contents

1. Basic Assessment Concepts.
2. Historical Foundations and Perspectives of Assessment.
3. Legal, Ethical, and Diversity Foundations and Perspectives in Assessment.
4. How Tests are Constructed.
5. Selecting, Administering, Scoring, and Interpreting Assessment Instruments and Techniques.
6. Reliability.
7. Validity.
8. Clinical Assessment and Diagnosis.
9. Personality Assessment.
10. Behavioral Assessment.
11. Assessment of Intelligence.
12. Assessment of Other Aptitudes.
13. Assessment of Achievement.
14. Assessment in Career Counseling.
15. Assessing Couples and Families.

What's New

  • NEW This edition has been fully revised and updated. New content includes expanded discussion of how tests are used for or against social justice; suicide assessment; assessment in schools; extended discussion of neuropsychological assessment; and environmental assessment.
  • NEW To ease readability and comprehension, statistical and psychometric information has been placed in a tabular form that is consistent from chapter to chapter.
  • NEW Coverage of diversity has been infused into every chapter. Erford addresses concerns and controversies with assessing people of different cultures, ethnicities, and nationalities.
  • NEW Discussion of Responsibilities of Users of Standardized Tests Third Edition (RUST 3) has been incorporated into the Appendices.
  • NEW Language has been simplified to a level appropriate for entering graduate students, especially in the chapters on reliability and validity.

Learning Resource Bundles

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Bundle: Using Assessment Results for Career Development + Assessment for Counselors

ISBN-10: 1305597257 | ISBN-13: 9781305597259

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Supplements

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Instructor Supplements

Online Test Bank  (ISBN-10: 1133371604 | ISBN-13: 9781133371601)

This electronic Test Bank, written by the author, includes essay and multiple-choice questions.

Online Instructor's Manual  (ISBN-10: 1133371612 | ISBN-13: 9781133371618)

This Instructor's Manual, written by the author, is an online teaching companion that includes suggested activities for use in the classroom that build from the material presented in the text.

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

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

Bradley T. Erford

Bradley T. Erford, Ph.D., is a professor in the school counseling program of the Educational Specialties Department at Loyola College in Maryland. He is a past president and fellow of the American Counseling Association (ACA) and a recipient of the ACA Research Award, ACA Extended Research Award, ACA Professional Development Award, and ACA Carl Perkins Government Relations Award. He has authored or edited more than 30 books. His research specialization lies primarily in the development and technical analysis of psychoeducational tests and has resulted in the publication of numerous journal articles, book chapters, and psychoeducational materials.