Psychologists spend a great deal of time conducting cognitive assessments, and often the bulk of this time is spent in the assessment (administration, scoring, and interpretation) of intelligence testing. The expenditure of so much time in intellectual assessment appears to be predicated on the myths of profile analysis, i. e., that a careful analysis of the patterns of subtest scores on intelligence tests will reveal cogent diagnostic and intervention-related insights justifying the hours often spent in such endeavors. Through a critique of the widely publicized failure of profile analysis of IQ tests and the reasons for this failure, the lack of value of profile analysis will be noted and the relevant information obtained from intelligence tests revealed. The useful information available from sound intelligence tests as measures of intellect will be emphasized and the Reynolds Intellectual Assessment Scales approach to rapid but reliable and valid intellectual assessment presented in detail, along with a review of the RIAS-2 (and its modifications from RIAS), as a preferred model of intellectual assessment. The design of the RIAS-2 and its development are reviewed including commentary on its standardization, reliability studies, and validity evidence. Administration and scoring changes from the RIAS are taught followed by presentation of guidelines for interpretation. The importance of assessment of complex memory functions in intellectual assessment is reviewed.
This workshop is eligible for 3 hours of valuable Continuing Education Credit. It is recommended that attendees have access to the RIAS-2 Professional Manual, the RIAS-2 Test Books, and the TOGRA Manual each purchasable through the instrument’s publisher, Psychological Assessment Resources, Inc. For details, visit: http://www4.parinc.com/
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