As you have learned from several of your readings, diagnosis of a variety of psychiatric illnesses is not always an easy or straightforward process. Multiple observations and assessment methods are often employed to reach a diagnosis. This approach can include the use of standardized assessment instruments.

Each week, you will be tasked with identifying a standardized assessment instrument to measure the disorders about which you will be reading. You will keep these instruments in the form of a “notebook” that you can use in your clinical practice to assess clients who present with a variety of symptoms.


For each assessment, you are tasked with selecting, you will identify an instrument and:

  1. Identify a scholarly, peer-reviewed article that addresses the use of the instrument.
  2. Discuss if the instrument is appropriate for diagnosing the condition it is designed to assess or if the developers of the instrument reported that the instrument is only part of a comprehensive assessment for the disorder.
  3. Describe whether or not the instrument can be used to measure patient response to therapy/treatment.
  4. Discuss the psychometrics of the instrument, including reliability and validity.
  5. Discuss any limitations associated with the use of the instrument


For week two, you will identify three (3) different assessment instruments-one used in the assessment/diagnosis of:

  1. Neurodevelopmental Disorder
  2. Disruptive, or impulse-Control disorder
  3. Conduct disorder.


This video will address the expectations for the assessment notebook assignment:

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