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Therapeutic Assessment

  1. Stephen E. Finn

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0993

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

How to Cite

Finn, S. E. 2010. Therapeutic Assessment. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–2.

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  1. Center for Therapeutic Assessment, Austin, Texas

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


Therapeutic assessment is a paradigm in which psychological testing is used to help people understand themselves better and find solutions to their persistent problems. Therapeutic assessment differs from traditional psychological assessment, in which the main goal is to diagnose disorders, plan treatments, and evaluate the effectiveness of interventions. Therapeutic assessment can serve all these purposes as well, but its primary goal is to facilitate positive changes in clients (Finn & Tonsager, 1997).


  • collaborative assessment;
  • personality assessment;
  • brief psychotherapy