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How Therapeutic Assessment Works: Theory and Techniques - Stephen E. Finn, Ph.D.



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Therapeutic Assessment (TA) is a semi-structured form of collaborative psychological assessment that has been found in controlled research to decrease clients’ symptoms, improve self-esteem, and enhance subsequent treatment. Following their 2010 meta-analysis of psychological assessment as an intervention, Poston and Hanson concluded, “Clinicians should … seek out continuing-education training related to these models [of therapeutic and collaborative assessment]. Those who engage in assessment and testing as usual may miss out, it seems, on a golden opportunity to effect client change and enhance clinically important treatment processes…”(p. 210). In this webinar, Dr. Stephen Finn, the main developer of Therapeutic Assessment, will explain the techniques of TA and how they relate to TA’s underlying theory of client change. This session is particularly suited to those who are new to TA, including graduate students, or who wish to deepen their understanding of its therapeutic mechanisms.


  • Understanding clients’ persistent problems in living: Narrative identity, self-verification, and disintegration anxiety (40 minutes)
  • How Therapeutic Assessment addresses clients’ dilemmas of change (20 minutes)
  • Steps of TA and why they work (30 minutes)
  • Q + A (30 minutes)


Stephen E. Finn, Ph.D.

Stephen E. Finn, Ph.D., founder of the Center for Therapeutic Assessment, is a licensed clinical psychologist in practice in Austin, TX, and a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin, He is the author of In Our Clients’ Shoes: Theory and Techniques of Therapeutic Assessment (Erlbaum, 2007), and A Manual for Using the MMPI-2 as a Therapeutic Intervention (1996, University of Minnesota Press), as well as other books, chapters, and articles about psychological assessment. Dr. Finn is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Division 12) and of the Society of Personality Assessment, and is the recipient of the 2011 Bruno Klopfer Award from the Society of Personality Assessment for distinguished lifetime contributions to the field of personality assessment. Dr. Finn has helped found centers for Therapeutic Assessment in Milan, Italy and Tokyo, Japan and he travels internationally teaching about collaborative psychological assessment.

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