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

Edward S. Neukrug, R. Charles Fawcett

  • Published
  • Previous Editions 2010
  • 368 Pages


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 and reduce student anxiety.

Edward S. Neukrug, Old Dominion University

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 (, and an interactive survey where one can identify his or her view of human nature (

R. Charles Fawcett, University of Virginia

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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.
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.
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.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781305201927
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"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

"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

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