Writing Useful, Accessible, and Legally Defensible Psychoeducational Reports

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Edition: 1st
Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 2014-04-07
Publisher(s): Wiley
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This important new resource offers practical guidance on writing psychoeducational reports that directly respond to referral concerns. The authors provide recommendations and assessment information in a format easily understood by parents, teachers, and other educational and mental health professionals. Filled with numerous practice exercises, sample reports, helpful checklists, and end of chapter questions, this invaluable guide provides an approach to writing reports that will help school psychologists better meet the needs of the individualized education program (IEP) team, teachers, parents, and others working with the child.

Author Biography

MICHAEL R. HASS, PhD, is a Professor of Counseling and School Psychology and Coordinator of the School Psychology program at Chapman University. He has over twenty-five years of experience as a school psychologist in public schools and as a psychotherapist and educational psychologist in private practice. He is a consultant with the Los Angeles County Department of Education Greater Avenues for Independence Program for unemployed adults with learning disabilities and Faculty-In-Residence with The Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities. Dr. Hass has published articles in numerous professional journals and is the current editor of Contemporary School Psychology.

JEANNE ANNE CARRIERE, PhD, has been a School Psychologist in a large urban school district for over 20 years. She is currently the Director of the Chapman Ability Project, a collaborative program designed to advance the expertise of educators, service providers, community members, and parents working and living with children with neurodevelopmental disorders. As a Clinical Associate Professor at Chapman University, she teaches, supervises, and mentors field-work students. She is on the editorial board of Trainers’ Forum and Contemporary School Psychology.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 Why Is Another Book on Report Writing Needed?

Chapter 2 What Makes a Report Legally Defensible?

Chapter 3 How Do I Make a Report More Useful to Consumers?

Chapter 4 Step by Step, How Do I Write Useful and Legally Defensible Reports?

Chapter 5 How do I solve practical problems along the way to question-driven report writing?

Appendix I – A Checklist to tell if My Report is Useful and Legally Defensible

Appendix II - What Do These Reports Look Like?

Appendix III – Interview protocol


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