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Writing Useful, Accessible, and Legally Defensible Psychoeducational Reports


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Acknowledgments ix Chapter 1 Why Is Another Book on Report Writing Needed? 1 Chapter 2 What Makes a Report Legally Defensible? 11 Chapter 3 How Do I Make My Reports More Useful to Consumers? 37 Chapter 4 Step-by-Step, How Do I Write Useful and Legally Defensible Reports? 65 Chapter 5 How Do I Solve Practical Problems Along the Way to Question-Driven Report Writing? 101 Appendix I?Checklist for a Useful and Legally Defensible Report 113 Appendix II?What Do These Reports Look Like? 117 Appendix III?Interview protocol 169 References 173 Author Index 181 Subject Index 185

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MICHAEL R. HASS, PhD, is a Professor of Counseling andSchool Psychology and Coordinator of the School Psychology programat Chapman University. He has over twenty-five years of experienceas a school psychologist in public schools and as a psychotherapistand educational psychologist in private practice. He is aconsultant with the Los Angeles County Department of EducationGreater Avenues for Independence Program for unemployed adults withlearning disabilities and Faculty-In-Residence with The Center forAutism and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities. Dr. Hass has publishedarticles in numerous professional journals and is the currenteditor of Contemporary School Psychology. JEANNE ANNE CARRIERE, PhD, has been a School Psychologistin a large urban school district for over 20 years. She iscurrently the Director of the Chapman Ability Project, acollaborative program designed to advance the expertise ofeducators, service providers, community members, and parentsworking and living with children with neurodevelopmental disorders.As a Clinical Associate Professor at Chapman University, sheteaches, supervises, and mentors field-work students. She is on theeditorial board of Trainers Forum and ContemporarySchool Psychology.


This book focuses on how to write a psychological report that is first and foremost helpful to consumers, while also being technically and legally defensible. Like the reports the authors describe, the book is carefully organized, beautifully written, and accessible to practitioners as well as graduate students. It is a brilliant accomplishment that should be required reading for every school psychologist. ?Brent Duncan, PhD, Professor of Psychology, Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA

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