The Clinical Utility of Approaching Therapeutic Assessment with a Systems Theory Orientation
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Graduate School of Professional Psychology
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Therapeutic Assessment, psychological assessment, child’s psychopathology, Systems Theory
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
Towler, Chelsea, "The Clinical Utility of Approaching Therapeutic Assessment with a Systems Theory Orientation" (2016). Graduate School of Professional Psychology: Doctoral Papers and Masters Projects. 211.