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date: 07 March 2021

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Therapeutic Assessment (TA) is a relatively new model of psychological assessment that, in addition to offering the benefits of a traditional assessment, also serves as a collaborative, short-term intervention. With variations, TA has been utilized with adults, adolescents, and children; research evidence on efficacy is encouraging. This chapter serves to introduce the model of TA with children to a wider audience, specifically school psychologists, as the use TA with children in schools stands to be a compelling and potent child–family–school intervention. In this chapter we review the development of TA, the rationale for and application of each step of the comprehensive model, and provide guidance to design meaningful feedback plans for parents, teachers and children. We also illustrate its use, with several examples of school-based special education assessment cases to demonstrate how including comprehensive or selected components of TA in school-based assessment of children can result in positive therapeutic change.

Keywords: therapeutic assessment, children, parents, school-based model, collaborative, feedback

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