Understanding Psychodiagnostic Testing: The When’s, How’s and Why’s of Psychological Evaluations for Children

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Date(s) - 03/17/2018
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The Drama League


Offered by New York Creative Arts Therapists


This course will provide practical information to clinicians of all levels on the ins and outs of psychodiagnostic testing. Quality testing can be expensive, so the decision to refer a client requires practicing clinicians to have a good understanding of why they are making the recommendation. Plus, the decision to evaluate can be critical to understanding the diagnostic picture and future treatment planning for your young clients.

Description of course activity content:  In this course, participants will learn the elements of an integrated psychological evaluation, when to refer a patient for testing, and how an evaluation can be use to help a child gain supports in therapy, school, and the community.  The instructor will employ didactics, exploration of a case study, and experiential learning to teach participants how to read, understand, and gain practical information from a report.

Course content includes:

• Reasons why children are referred for a psychological evaluation

• Elements of an evaluation including: behavioral observation, cognitive testing, achievement testing, adaptive functioning, personality tests, and symptom checklists

• A review of basic statistics to understand Subtest Scores, Standard Scores, T-Scores and Percentiles that are used in cognitive, adaptive, and achievement tests.

• How testing can be used to provide supports for children

The learning objectives of the course:

  1. Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:
  2. Know the basic components of a psychological evaluation
  3. Understand scores that are presented in the appendix of a report
  4. List reasons to refer a child for an evaluation
  5. Demonstrate an ability to use knowledge about psychodiagnstic testing to describe ways to be an advocate for a child/family as they are undergoing an evaluation

Instructor: Anne Davidson, PsyD is a New York State Licensed Psychologist and a graduate of Pace University’s Child-Clinical School Psychology program.  She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Westchester Institute for Human Development (WIHD) and was a Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) Fellow.  Dr. Davidson has provided clinical services in schools, day treatment, residential, and outpatient settings.  She has taught at Brooklyn College and was formerly the Director of Clinical Services at Edwin Gould Services for Children and Families.  In private practice, she conducts psychological evaluations for children, adolescents, and adults as well as serves as a consultant for agencies that provide services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.