Use of standardised tests and questionnaires training
The social work profession does not have a history of using standardised tests as a part of assessments. Social workers tend to be reluctant to use these. However, their value has been demonstrated over the years by other professions, including use within research methods.
In order to enhance and develop the assessment methodologies, approaches and practices, we should be expanding the range of tools used. This workshop offers practical hands-on training in two useful tools.
Strength and Difficulties Questionnaire
Many will recognise this but perhaps either never used it, used it rarely or question its value. However, the Strength and Difficulties Questionnaires [Department of Health 2000; Goodman 1997; Goodman et al 1998] can prove invaluable as part of an assessment These scales are a modification of the very widely used instruments to screen for emotional and behavioural difficulties in children and adolescents. The questionnaire incorporates five scales: pro-social, hyperactivity, emotional problems, conduct problems and peer problems.
Parenting Stress Index (PSI)
The PSI [Abidin 1995] is a self-report screening and diagnostic instrument that identifies stressful areas in parent-child interaction. It is standardised to be used with parents of children ranging in age from 1 month to 12 years.
This tool is administered to the parent and it measures child characteristics, parent characteristics, family context and situational/demographic life stress events which are facets of the parent-child system that have been identified as important. The PSI can be a particularly helpful measure for use in:
- The early identification of dysfunctional parent-child systems
- Intervention and treatment planning in high-stress areas
- The assessment of child abuse risk
- Forensic evaluation for decisions about the residence of a child.
The tool has been validated in transcultural research using diverse populations.
This workshop guides the participant from start to finish through the actual use of each tool using real-life examples. The reporting of findings is also covered. The main training modality will be tutor-led teaching and material discussion.
The day will begin at 9.00am for registration and tea/coffee, with a prompt 9.30am start, and will end at approx 4.00pm.
A light lunch will be provided. Please advise of any allergies or dietary requirements of each individual when booking places on this course.
An electronic certificate of attendance will be provided to all attendees by email after attendance at the course. This course equates to 7 learning hours.