ABSTRACT

This book illuminates the process of child psychological assessment in community psychology through discussion, theory, and case studies of collaborative, systemic treatment of children and their parents. "Assessing Children in the Urban Community" presents a semi-structured form of collaborative psychological assessment, designed to help clients gain new insights and make changes in their lives. Traditional psychological assessment focuses on diagnosis and treatment but has been slow to include contextual elements, particularly social and cultural contexts into the assessment process and psychological report.

Clients receiving services in a community psychology clinic pay for their treatment through state welfare coverage. They cannot choose their providers, they cannot always determine the length and course of their mental health care, they often do not have access to transportation to begin services, to continue them, or to take advantage of follow-up recommendations. The Therapeutic Assessment model is particularly adaptable to community psychology because it allows maximum interaction in the assessment process and promotes participation and collaboration in an often dis-empowering system.

This book will be relevant to clinical psychologists, community psychologists, social workers, family therapists, graduate students in psychology, social work, marriage and family therapists, and counseling programs.

chapter |8 pages

Introduction: Assessing Children in the Urban Community

ByBARBARA L. MERCER

part |2 pages

SECTION I Introduction to Community Psychology

chapter 1|8 pages

Community Psychology: Managed Care, Communications, and Policy

Byand Policy BARBARA L. MERCER

chapter 2|12 pages

Psychological Assessment of Children in a Community Mental Health Clinic

ByBARBARA L. MERCER

chapter 3|21 pages

A Descriptive Analysis of Cognitive and Rorschach Variables of Children in a Community Mental Health Clinic

ByHASSE LEONARD-PAGEL AND BARBARA L. MERCER

chapter 4|15 pages

Assessment-Driven Intervention for Youth and Families in Community Service Delivery Systems

ByJUSTIN D. SMITH, ANNE MAURICIO, ELIZABETH A. STORMSHAK

part |2 pages

SECTION III Case Studies in Community-Based Psychological Assessment

chapter 14|6 pages

Getting to the Heart of the Matter

ByELISA GOMEZ, BROOKE GUERRERO

chapter 15|9 pages

The Topsy-Turvy Tearmeter: Clinical Crisis and Assessment Intervention

ByTRICIA FONG, ERIN ROSENBLATT

chapter 16|10 pages

How Can I Stay Safe?: Assessment with a Sexually Exploited Minor

ByMinor BROOKE GUERRERO

chapter 19|13 pages

Living with Danger: Complex Trauma, Attachment, and Repair in Oakland, California

ByBARBARA L. MERCER, KEVIN BUNCH