This book is the first on the craft of effective writing structured expressly for the psychologist-assessor. Author J. B. Allyn, a professional writer who specializes in psychology, combines reference book with tutorial. She blends information on the qualities that create a writer’s unique presence on the page with illustrations of correct English grammar. All of the questions, answers, and illustrations evolved from the concerns of psychologist-assessors, as did the examples, which are grounded in their writing and communication needs. The result creates a guide for report writing that can be used by either practicing professionals or graduate psychology students.
The book divides into three sections: The first and third sections discuss various aspects of effective communication, while the second is a handbook of common grammar problems. Helpful elements guide the reader through the text, including frequent bullet lists, tables and graphs, and grammar and style examples that are framed around assessment reports. It is also written in a conversational tone, which creates the same style it proposes for effectively written reports, and is a key tool for clear and appropriate communication. Readers will refer back to this book, both for quick tips on style and grammar, which are appropriate for any mental health practitioner, and for more detailed advice on writing and communication in assessment reports.

part I|61 pages

Building Blocks of The Report

chapter 1|11 pages


The Writer's View

chapter 2|14 pages


Words and More

chapter 3|18 pages


Content Plus Structure

chapter 4|13 pages


What Is It and How Do I Find It?

part II|106 pages

Mortar To Fortify The Building Blocks

chapter 5|14 pages

Big Picture, Small Details

Format, Write, Edit, Proof

chapter 6|17 pages

Content that Communicates

Sentences and Paragraphs

chapter 7|19 pages

Reaching Agreement

Subject–Verb, Pronoun, and Gender

chapter 8|13 pages

Modifying the Main Idea

Adjectives and Adverbs

chapter 9|16 pages


Right Word, Right Spelling

chapter 10|20 pages

Guiding the Reader

Punctuate and Connect for Clarity

part III|35 pages

Beyond The Report

chapter 11|17 pages

Continuing the Therapeutic Goals

Writing Letters and Stories

chapter 12|13 pages

Richness, Texture, Safety, and Risk

Communicating Verbally