Bridging the Gap Between Traditional and Theraputic Assessment: Considerations for an Integrated Model

Date of Award


Document Type

Doctoral Capstone

Degree Name



Graduate School of Professional Psychology

First Advisor

Hale Martin, Ph.D.

First Committee Member

Marcia Middel, Ph.D.

Second Committee Member

Robert Pelc, Ph.D.


Therapeutic Assessment


Psychological assessment can be one of the most rewarding and insightful ways to build a strong therapeutic alliance and gain a genuine understanding of a client. Assessment continues to evolve, moving from a reductionistic, objective approach ("Information Gathering") to a client-centered, collaborative approach ("Therapeutic Assessment"). Techniques from both methods can be highly effective, but there is a void in the literature concerning the utilization of an integrated approach that employs aspects of each method. This paper introduces an integrated model to assessment through the use of a composite case study. The outcome of the case is discussed, outlining the benefits and challenges of this novel, integrated approach to assessment. Based on the results of this case study, important considerations have been developed by this writer that should carefully be contemplated when utilizing this unique approach.


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