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Dr. Alison Wilkinson-Smith is here today to chat about therapeutic assessment with kids. As a classically-trained neuropsychologist, Alison has a nice blend of traditional and non-traditional approaches to testing. We chat about the ins and outs of pediatric therapeutic assessment, from intake to testing to feedback, with a family intervention session thrown in there as well. These are just a few things that Alison and I cover:
- The research behind pediatric therapeutic assessment
- The structure of a pediatric therapeutic assessment
- Typical measures used in the pediatric therapeutic assessment process
- How to integrate this approach in a hospital setting
Cool Things Mentioned
- Dr. Raja David’s episodes on therapeutic assessment with adults: Part One and Part Two
- Therapeutic Assessment Institute
- Postin and hansen meta analysis
- Steve Finn’s book (affiliate link), In Our Client’s Shoes
- Therapeutic assessment casebook (affiliate link)
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About Dr. Alison Wilkinson-Smith
Dr. Wilkinson-Smith is a Pediatric Neuropsychologist at Children’s Medical Center Dallas and an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at UT Southwestern Medical Center. She is board certified in Clinical Neuropsychology, has a sub-specialty certification in pediatric Neuropsychology, and is certified in Therapeutic Assessment of children. She provides neuropsychological evaluations and Therapeutic Assessments of pediatric patients of all ages. Her clinical and research interests include therapeutic and collaborative assessment techniques, functional neurological disorders, autoimmune encephalitis, and neuropsychological assessment in the context of complex psychosocial issues. She has a PhD in School Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. She completed her internship at the University of Oklahoma Health Consortium and a two-year post-doctoral fellowship in pediatric neuropsychology at the University of Minnesota Medical Center.
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 grew to include 12 licensed clinicians, three clinicians in training, and a full administrative staff. 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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