Observations! My second fav assessment ingredient, right behind the Interview(s) :)
Ok, so we know assessment involves RIOT now, and we understand the R and the I...but what about the O? What are psychologists looking for when they creepily watch you during an evaluation? How do we know you're anxious, or frustrated, or socially adept?
Niloofar Tavakoli, MEd, LPC and UH doctoral student joins us today to describe what she's learned to look for when observing clients during assessment. She's awesome. Duh. https://steppingstonetherapy.org/niloofar/
PS Here are two of the resources I mention that are helpful for interviews (follow-up from Episode 2 of the miniseries):
2. Book on interviewing that I think will be awesome once I finish it!
In this special Miss Diagnosis miniseries, we're looking behind the scenes at psychological assessment--the underused and little known but totally helpful psychological service that helps you answer questions like, "Am I normal?", and/or "Do I have ADHD...or PTSD, or Autism, or OCD, or Bipolar, or...?", and/or "What treatment(s) will be best for me?"
Look for polls and comment on posts on my Instagram @drjuliatx as we go through the series. I want to know what you want to know!
I'm Julia Strait, and I'm a licensed psychologist specializing in comprehensive, trauma-informed, neurodiversity-inclusive, collaborative psychological assessment. You can find me...