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ERIC Number: ED258701
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Jul
Pages: 70
Abstractor: N/A
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Development and Implementation of a Psychodiagnostic Assessment Program for Young Children in a Mental Health Center.
Hill, Brent Mathews
A clinical peer review of client treatment at the Weber Mental Health Center, a facility serving two Utah counties, was conducted. Gathered from 25 randomly selected charts of clients 8 years of age and younger who were seen during the period 1978-1982 and whose treatment was terminated, data indicated that 28 percent of the sample was improperly in treatment, 60 percent received at least partially inappropriate treatment, and at least 8 percent participated in significantly more than the average number of therapy sessions. To remedy this situation, the practicum described in this report employed a psychodiagnostic assessment program to determine whether services were needed and, if so, to give direction to the early stages of treatment. Major components of the intervention included individual and family interaction assessment and a behaviorally oriented procedure for reporting results to the attending therapist. A total of 10 young children were evaluated during the course of the practicum. Goals of significantly reducing improper and misdirected treatment were achieved. The third objective, reducing the length of treatment, was not met. Staff evaluation of training suggests that psychology interns and mental health staff were successfully trained in the area of early childhood psychodiagnostic assessment. However, instruments found most useful for early childhood assessment are not commerically available. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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