At university, when you submit a report as part of an assignment, you need to include as much detail as possible. You know what the most challenging thing about that is? It just isn’t a realistic representation of the reports you will write in the ‘real world.’
When you graduate and begin writing reports, you need to keep them concise, and use language that parents, educators, and anyone without a psychology degree will understand.
This guide will provide:
- Descriptions of the 16 assessments I use most frequently
- A table that summarises the assessments I may use for different reasons when conducting assessments
- A full report template on a cognitive assessment, including tables and recommendations
- A full report template on an assessment for autism and ADHD, including an MSE, tables, and recommendations
- Individual templates for interpreting results of assessments and a description of what scores mean.
- Information on how to feedback reports to a client/their family
- Information on how to ensure your report follows a person-centred approach
- Information on how to structure the 'recommendations' section of your reports
- Different ways to lay out your results in tables
This guide is going to talk you through basic headings I like to include what assessments I may use for diagnostic purposes, and how I lay out my reports. You will see two examples of reports and then templates for the assessments I use most frequently in my clinical work. Please keep in mind, that this is just a guide, and everyone will do things differently. This is simply what works for me. So please use what is most comfortable with you and take the information in this guide as a mere suggestion.
Please note: most of the assessments I have included are for children and teenagers, and this is the space I work in. I have included four assessments that can be used with adults, but my focus here is on younger clients.