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Principles and Applications of Assessment in Counseling 5th Edition

Susan C. Whiston

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This comprehensive introduction to assessment presents mathematical and statistical concepts in a simple and useful way. This product stresses the importance of counselors being good consumers of assessment tools and helps them avoid misusing them. Updated throughout, PRINCIPLES AND APPLICATIONS OF ASSESSMENT IN COUNSELING, 5th Edition, includes material on the DSM-5 and corresponds to the 2014 Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing as well as to the 2016 CACREP Standards. Available with MindTap®, a digital learning solution that creates a singular Learning Path.

Susan C. Whiston, Indiana University

Susan Whiston is a professor at Indiana University in the Counseling Department. She is an active member of both ACA and APA and has published numerous journal articles.

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  • The author emphasizes developing trends in the discipline by covering all CACREP (The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs) assessment standards.
  • A unique chapter related to assessment in the area of marriage and family will be of special interest to AAMFT (American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists) accredited programs.
  • The book covers basic measurement concepts in a manner that students find easy to learn.
  • Detailed discussions of specific assessment methods and strategies -- including clinical measures, interviewing, and observations in personality assessment -- help readers to understand the relevance of each tool and strategy.
  • The book focuses on the importance of using assessment results to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of counseling. Examples and applications are geared specifically to the counseling audience.

Principles and Applications of Assessment in Counseling


1. Assessment in Counseling.
2. Basic Assessment Principles.
3. Reliability.
4. Validity and Item Analysis.
5. Ethical and Legal Issues in Assessment.
6. Issues Related to Assessment with Diverse Populations.
7. Selecting, Administering, Scoring, and Communicating Assessment Results.
8. Initial Assessment in Counseling.
9. Intelligence and General Ability Testing.
10. Assessing Achievement and Aptitude: Applications for Counseling.
11. Assessment in Career Counseling.
12. Appraisal of Personality.
13. Behavioral Assessment.
14. Assessment in Marriage and Family Counseling.
15. Diagnosis.
16. Monitoring and Evaluating Counseling.
Appendix A: Section E, ACA Code of Ethics.
Appendix B: z scores.
Appendix C: Standards for Multicultural Assessment, Fourth Revision, 2012.

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