Assessment for Counselors [RENTAL EDITION]

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A comprehensive and easy-to-understand introduction to  assessment in counseling that provides the foundation for practice.
Assessment for Counselors connects theory to practice by providing comprehensive coverage of both the important foundational issues of assessment and in-depth explorations of the major areas of assessment that professional counselors need to know. This clearly written text presents essential assessment skills in easy-to-understand language with an emphasis on practical application so that students will learn why, how, and when to best select, administer, score, and interpret assessments for their future clients. Features of this text include case studies and assessment reports to give students opportunities for authentic practice; activities that allow students to test their knowledge and applications of learning; sections in every chapter on multicultural and social justice assessment issues; individual chapters on the most commonly used assessments; and the most up-to-date references, resources, and test reviews to keep up with changes in test revisions and the field.This book is designed to address the core curricular assessment requirements of the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP, 2016), thereby providing state-of-the-art information on assessment and tests that professional counselors need to know.

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Author Biography

Bradley T. Erford, Ph.D., LCPC, NCC, LPC, LP, LSP, is a professor in the human development counseling program of the Department of Human and Organizational Development in the Peabody College at Vanderbilt University. From 1993—2017, he was a faculty member at Loyola University Maryland. He was the 61st President of the American Counseling Association (ACA) for 2012—2013 and ACA Treasurer for 2017—2018. He is a Fulbright Specialist and is the recipient of the ACA Research Award, ACA Extended Research Award, ACA Arthur A. Hitchcock Distinguished Professional Service Award, ACA Professional Development Award, Thomas J. Sweeney Award for Visionary Leadership and Advocacy, and ACA Carl D. Perkins Government Relations Award. He was also inducted as an ACA Fellow. In addition, he has received the Association for Assessment in Counseling and Education (AACE) AACE/MECD Research Award, AACE Exemplary Practices Award, AACE President’s Merit Award, the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision’s (ACES) Robert O. Stripling Award for Excellence in Standards, Maryland Association for Counseling and Development (MACD) Maryland Counselor of the Year, MACD Counselor Advocacy Award, MACD Professional Development Award, and MACD Counselor Visibility Award. He is the editor of numerous texts including: Orientation to the Counseling Profession (Pearson Merrill, 2010, 2014, 2018), Crisis Intervention and Prevention (Pearson Merrill, 2010, 2014, 2018), Group Work in the Schools (Pearson Merrill, 2010; Routledge, 2016), Clinical Experiences in Counseling (Pearson Merrill, 2015), Group Work: Process and Applications (Pearson Merrill, 2011; Routledge, 2018), Transforming the School Counseling Profession (Merrill/Prentice-Hall, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2015, 2019), Professional School Counseling: A Handbook of Principles, Programs and Practices (pro-ed, 2004, 2010, 2016), Assessment for Counselors (Cengage, 2007, 2013), Research and Evaluation in Counseling (Cengage, 2008, 2015), and The Counselor’s Guide to Clinical, Personality and Behavioral Assessment (Cengage, 2006); and co-author of eight more books: Mastering the NCE and CPCE (Pearson Merrill, 2011, 2015), 40 Techniques Every Counselor Should Know (Merrill/Prentice-Hall, 2010, 2015), Free Access Assessment Instruments for Common Mental Health and Addiction Issues (Routledge, 2013), Educational Applications of the WISC-IV (Western Psychological Services, 2006) and Group Activities: Firing Up for Performance (Pearson Merrill, 2007). He is also the General Editor of The American Counseling Association Encyclopedia of Counseling (ACA, 2009). His research specialization falls primarily in development and technical analysis of psycho-educational tests and has resulted in the publication of more than 75 refereed journal articles, 100 book chapters, and 20 published tests. He is Editor of Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development (MECD) and Senior Associate Editor of Journal of Counseling & Development (JCD). He was a representative to the ACA Governing Council and the ACA 20/20 Visioning Committee. He is a past president and past treasurer of AACE, past chair and parliamentarian of the American Counseling Association - Southern (US) Region; past-chair of ACA’s Task Force on High Stakes Testing; past chair of ACA's Standards for Test Users Task Force; past chair of ACA's Interprofessional Committee; past chair of the ACA Public Awareness and Support Committee (co-chair of the National Awards Sub-committee); chair of the Convention and past chair of the Screening Assessment Instruments Committees for AACE; past president of the Maryland Association for Counseling and Development (MACD); past president of Maryland Association for Measurement and Evaluation (MAME); past president of Maryland Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (MACES); and past president of the Maryland Association for Mental Health Counselors (MAMHC). He was an associate editor of the Journal of Counseling & Development. Dr. Erford has been a faculty member at Loyola since 1993 and is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor, Nationally Certified Counselor, Licensed Psychologist and Licensed School Psychologist. Dr. Erford was a school psychologist/counselor in the Chesterfield County (VA) Public Schools. A graduate of The University of Virginia (Ph.D.), Bucknell University (M.A.), and Grove City College (B.S.), he teaches courses in Assessment, Research and Evaluation in Counseling, School Counseling, and Stress Management.

Table of Contents

Brief Table of Contents

1. Basic Assessment Concepts
2. Historical Foundations and Perspectives on 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

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