Material presented in many testing textbooks is appropriately broad and comprehensive, but the effect for students new to testing is difficulty in then translating the extensive information into the practical skills of administering, scoring, and interpreting tests to help inform the treatment process. Few resources exist to help students and mental health clinicians with the daunting task of learning how to synthesize test data from numerous instruments into a meaningful treatment plan and strategy for a client. This book was written to address that need. It provides readers with clear and detailed step-by-step procedures for using the WAIS-III, MMPI 2, MMPI A, Kuder Occupational Interest Survey, and the Strong Interest Inventory. It features case examples and practice opportunities in test usage, detailed discussion of approaches to client feedback and report writing, and a review of ethical and legal considerations in using tests in clinical settings. It takes readers through a systematic explanation of how to understand and integrate data from multiple sources to maximize the information gleaned from the tests. It also emphasizes using test data to maximize helpfulness to the client and how to interpret test data to clients in language that is understandable. 

Interpretation of Career Interest Inventories

Interpretation of career interest inventories

There can be an artistic quality to the process of explaining interest inventory results to individual clients or to groups (or classes). The goal for this chapter is not only to present guidelines and procedural recommendations for interpretation methods but also to encourage you to be thoughtful of the process from the client's perspective and to inspire you to use your creativity in presenting results that correspond to the career dilemma of each and every client.

First, let's turn to the literature to learn what has already been discovered about offering vocational assessment results to career clients. The early recommendations for providing interest inventory interpretations coincided with the introduction of the Strong Vocational Interest Blank (Bixler & ...

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