Thinking innovatively in the contexts of diversity
In Psychological Assessment: authors propose creative way of assessing and working with a range of clients, who may differ from the practitioner in background, culture, age and gender. The authors draw on years of experience and research in the fields of industrial, counselling, clinical, research and educational psychology.
The book complements traditional psychometric approaches to psychological interventions, thereby increasind the repertoire available to psychologists. In addition to presenting psychometic testing and alternative ways of using psychometic instruments, it debats the use of these approaches against the background of indigenous knowledge systems theory as it applies to the South African context.
Part 1: Situating psychometric testing within the context of South Africa
Chapter 1: Contextualising psychological service provision in South Africa
Chapter 2: Understanding the role of indigenous knowledge in psychological assessment and intervention in a multicultural South African context
Chapter 3: Non-Western (African) views of psychological constructs: Current context of psychological assessment in South Africa
Chapter 4: How psychological tests work: Understanding standardisation
Chapter 5: Methodological standards and fit for purpose: Criteria to evaluate psychological tests and assessments
Chapter 6: Developing psychometric instruments for a specific context: The South African Personality Inventory
Part 2: Alternative approaches to implementing and interpreting psychometric tests
Chapter 7: Assessing mental abilities: A critical view on historical and modern intelligence measures used in South Africa
Chapter 8: Dynamic assessment as an alternative avenue when intervening with children
Chapter 9: Addressing diversity in assessment: The value of an integrated qualitative+quantitative approach to career counselling
Chapter 10: Using genograms for the psychological assessment and support of vulnerable clients
Chapter 11: Family assessment in contexts of diversity
Part 3: ‘Thinking out of the box’ when rendering psychological services
Chapter 12: Flowing between assessment and therapy through creative expressive arts
Chapter 13: Sandwork as a psychological assessment technique
Chapter 14: Using body mapping to step into your future: Life design in a context of high risk and high diversity
Chapter 15: Ea gala model equine-assisted psychotherapy and learning as an innovative psychological assessment technique
Chapter 16: Using the Mmogo-method® to identify quality of life contributors and inhibitors in the lives of older people in residential care facilities in South Africa
Chapter 17: Providing psychological services in a context of diversity: Lessons learnt from private practice
Chapter 18: Integrating traditional ethical guidelines with challenges posed by a digital world
It is aimed at students of psychology both undergraduate and postgraduate. In addition, practitioners in the fields of psychology, social work, counselling and related fields will benefit from the debates presented in this publication.
This book introduces practitioners to current thinking and possible practical approaches, thus successfully blending theory and practice in one volume.