Week 2: Assessment and Diagnosis in Psychotherapy
Discussion: Assessment Tools
Assessment tools have two primary purposes: 1) to measure
illness and diagnose clients, and 2) to measure a client’s response to
treatment. Often, you will find that multiple assessment tools are designed to
measure the same condition or response. Not all tools, however, are appropriate
for use in all clinical situations. You must consider the strengths and
weaknesses of each tool to select the appropriate assessment tool for your
client. For this Discussion, as you examine the assessment tool assigned to you
by the Course Instructor, consider its use in psychotherapy.
Analyze psychometric properties of assessment tools
Evaluate appropriate use of assessment tools in
Compare assessment tools used in psychotherapy
Note: By Day 1 of this week, the Course Instructor will
assign you to an assessment tool that is used in psychotherapy.
Review this week’s Learning Resources and reflect on the
insights they provide.
Consider the asessment tool assigned to you by the Course
Review the Library Course Guide in your Learning Resources
for assistance in locating information on the assessment tool you were
Note: For this Discussion, you are required to complete your
initial post before you will be able to view and respond to your colleagues’
postings. Begin by clicking on the “Post to Discussion Question” link
and then select “Create Thread” to complete your initial post.
Remember, once you click Submit, you cannot delete or edit your own posts, and
cannot post anonymously. Please check your post carefully before clicking
By Day 3
Post an explanation of the psychometric properties of the
assessment tool you were assigned. Explain when it is appropriate to use this
assessment tool with clients, including whether the tool can be used to
evaluate the efficacy of psychopharmacologic medications. Support your approach
with evidence-based literature.
Read a selection of your colleagues’ responses.
By Day 6
Respond to at least two of your colleagues by comparing your
assessment tool to theirs.
Submission and Grading Information