Title

The Clinical Utility of Approaching Therapeutic Assessment with a Systems Theory Orientation

Date of Award

6-17-2016

Document Type

Doctoral Capstone

Degree Name

Psy.D.

Department

Graduate School of Professional Psychology

First Advisor

Shelly Smith-Acuña

First Committee Member

Hale Martin

Second Committee Member

Erin Jacklin

Keywords

Therapeutic Assessment, psychological assessment, child’s psychopathology, Systems Theory

Abstract

Therapeutic Assessment (TA) is an approach to psychological assessment in which the assessor and client collaboratively build understanding of the client’s presenting problem. In Therapeutic Assessment with Children (TA-C), the parents also participate in the process of building understanding of their child’s psychopathology. This study proposes that TA-C can be more effective when Systems Theory is integrated and the whole family becomes the “patient” in the assessment. This paper presents a case study in which Systems Theory was utilized and integrated in a TA-C, and then examines the benefits and limitations of this approach

Comments

Copyright if held by the author. Permanently suppressed.

Extent

38 pages

Paper Method

Case Study

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