In the previous chapter, we discussed the role of the clinical psychologist in psychological assessment as well as the purposes of assessment in practice and research. The next three chapters will provide descriptions and critical evaluations of the many tools available to the clinical psychologist for assessing individual differences, for making diagnoses, formulations, treatment recommendations, and tracking progress in therapy. In this current chapter the learning objectives are:
An understanding of one particular type of clinical assessment, namely, the psychodiagnostic assessment and its uses.
An appreciation for the techniques and tools used to conduct this kind of assessment.
An understanding of the uses, strengths, and limitations of the clinical interview, objective tests, and projective tests.