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“How will you know when this assessment was successful for you?”
Welcome to a two-part series with Dr. Caroline Buzanko on the parent experience of the assessment process! In part one today, we talk about the importance of the parent experience and how parents have historically been overlooked during their child’s assessment. Caroline shares her thoughts on using the “hero’s journey” as a metaphor for parents going through the assessment process as well. We also touch on the disconnect between the work we think we’re doing and the way parents actually perceive it. Here are a few other topics to look out for across the two episodes:
- Paradigms of assessment
- How to gather parent expectations about the assessment process
- Mistakes clinicians make during the assessment process
- How to support parents after the evaluation
- Why Caroline does testing BEFORE the intake
- The importance of a second feedback meeting
- Why our relationship with parents is instrumental in kids’ success
- Defining values for your practice and bringing those to life with the evaluation process
Cool Things Mentioned
- TTP episode with Dr. Rita Eichenstein
- Scott Miller’s outcome measures after each session
- Dr. Death podcast
- Mistakes Were Made but Not by Me book
- The Neverending Story movie
- The Hero’s Journey
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About Dr. Caroline Buzanko
Caroline is made up of many things. Psychologist. Mother. Actress. Public Speaker. Changer of Lives. ADHD Superhero (which is why she can’t describe herself in one word). She has over 20 years of experience working with children, teens, and their families to help them build better lives by maximizing confidence and forging their resilience. She also works with professionals and educators looking for training and approaches to work effectively with their clients and students.
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About Dr. Jeremy Sharp
I’m a licensed psychologist and Clinical Director at the Colorado Center for Assessment & Counseling, a private practice that I founded in 2009 and have grown to over 20 clinicians. I earned my undergraduate degree in Experimental Psychology from the University of South Carolina before getting my Master’s and PhD in Counseling Psychology from Colorado State University. These days, I specialize in psychological and neuropsychological evaluation with kids and adolescents.
As the host of the Testing Psychologist Podcast, I provide private practice consulting for psychologists and other mental health professionals who want to start or grow psychological testing services in their practices. I live in Fort Collins, Colorado with my wife (also a therapist) and two young kids.
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