Therapeutic Assessment: 3 Important Questions

1. Can psychological assessment produce therapeutic change for more than the occasional client?

2. If so, how can psychologists help therapeutic change happen more often via psychological assessment?

3. When therapeutic changes happen as a result of psychological assessment, how and why do they occur?

Conclusion #1:  Therapeutic assessment can lead to positive therapeutic shifts for many clients. Research findings:

a. Decreased symptoms
b. Increased self-esteem
c. Increased hope
d. Better compliance with treatment recommendations

Benefits to adult patients of therapeutic assessment (TA):

a. Better therapeutic alliance with therapist following TA.
b. Decreased suicide attempts, completed suicides, and days of hospitalization (in suicidal veterans).