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Reports (Psychological)

  • By: Tracy K. Cruise
  • In: Encyclopedia of School Psychology
  • Edited by: Steven W. Lee
  • Subject:School/Educational Psychology (general), School Psychology, Educational Psychology

Psychological reports are summary documents written by mental health professionals to help others understand a person and the context in which the person lives (Tallent, 1993). Reports often describe a specific referral question and review the assessment process used to derive the included interpretations and intervention recommendations. In school settings, it is most commonly the school psychologist who creates a case study report aimed at helping both family members and school personnel gain a clear understanding of the academic and/or social–emotional needs of a child and the rationale for any suggested categorizations (e.g., special education placement) or interventions. Sometimes the school psychologist is one member of a larger multidisciplinary team that works conjointly to assess all aspects of a student's individual functioning and environment, and ...

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