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Principles and Applications of Assessment in Counseling (Psy 660 Clinical Assessment and Decision Making), 4th Edition

Created specifically for counseling students, this text provides you with a comprehensive introduction to appraisal and assessment and focuses on the importance of using assessment results to evaluate the efficacy of counseling. With cases studies found throughout, you will easily learn to apply principles to real life.


“A must read for the professional counselor going into the community to assess and treat the diverse population in the United States today. The material is very easy to read and comprehend while challenging the students to analyze and synthesize their views of assessment in multiple settings.”

“The text is comprehensive, accessible, and applicable to the counseling field!”

About the Author

Susan Whiston is a professor at Indiana University in the Counseling Department. She is an active member of both ACA and APA and has published many journal articles.

As the title says, the content is OK. It’s not groundbreaking material or anything. It’s a standard textbook for a class. The Kindle version however is not good. The text doesn’t appear like many other books; instead, it looks as if they’ve taken each individual page and shrunk it. You can finger swipe (on the iPad anyway) to make it increase or decrease in size, but anyone who has ever read something magnified on a smartphone knows how irritating that can be. Also, the words/terms that are linked to vocabulary terms in the back are not highlighted in a dark color, but a light blue that is hard to see. The kindle version definitely needs improvement.

For the past 16 months I’ve been reading textbooks so stultifyingly dry – so self-importantly inclusive of everything the author has ever heard – that Susan Whiston’s Principles and Applications of Assessment in Counseling is indeed a lush oasis in a vast and mind numbing desert. Eminently readable (which makes it the albino zebra of counseling textbooks) and robust without being even remotely pedantic, Whiston’s text is the textbook I looked forward to reading.

Professors, I implore you, do your students a favor. Select this book as the text for teaching assessment in counseling. Let’s promote those who write well over those who simply write much. Our field needs more authors like Whiston.

I had to have this book for my Assessment course for a master’s program in Counseling. It is a good book, but at times my classmates and I found it hard to read and repetitive. It’s also an expensive book, which is why I rented it from Amazon.

I thoroughly enjoyed the material and feel more equipped to use assessments in counseling because of this material. Book came as described.

Overall, the text was easy to read and clearly displayed the various aspects of assessment. There were many examples, and the material is organized well. However, there were not many questions to check what you had learned at the end of the chapter. You can find resources online, which is helpful, but the book itself does not have many questions or review.

Product Details :

  • Series: Psy 660 Clinical Assessment and Decision Making
  • Hardcover: 460 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning; 4 edition (April 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0840028555
  • ISBN-13: 978-0840028556
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 8.3 x 10 inches

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