Psy.D. Degree

Assessment Portfolio

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The Assessment Portfolio was developed to help ensure student competency in the domain of psychological assessment. The creation of an assessment portfolio is one method of evaluating the general competency of students in the domain of assessment. A minimum of eight integrated batteries with reports is required.

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Definition of Integrative Assessment/Battery and Report

An integrated report includes identifying information, reason for referral, history/background, mental status, recommendations, and findings from at least two tests from one or more of the following categories:

  • Objective Personality Measures
  • Projective Personality Measures
  • Self-report Measures
  • Observational Measures
  • Intellectual or Cognitive/neuropsychological measures.

Information from these sources is synthesized into a comprehensive report (typical length of four - eight pages) that provides an overall picture of the client. This definition of an integrated report is very similar to that used by APPIC for internship applications.

Within the eight assessment reports noted above, there should be evidence of at least:

  • The use of 2 objective personality instruments (examples: MMPI; PAI; MCMI, etc.)
  • The use of 2 cognitive/intellectual instruments (examples: WAIS; WISC; Stanford Binet, etc.)

Although not required, experience with projective personality measures, particularly Rorschach, is highly recommended when a student has had prerequisite course work and where appropriate supervision is available. Some internship sites may require clinical experience with projective testing.

The following measures should be seen as examples of appropriate tests for assessments completed for the portfolio. This list is not intended to be exhaustive. As a general rule, we include only those assessment tools that include a formal scoring or interpretation scheme when available.

Objective Personality Tests

  • NEO-Personality Inventory
  • Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory- IV (or others from the Millon measures)
  • 16 PF
  • SCL-90-R
  • California Personality Inventory

Projective Personality Tests

  • Rorschach
  • Roberts Apperception Test
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  • Children’s Apperception Test
  • Thematic Apperception Test

Cognitive, Developmental and Neuropsychological Tests

  • WAIS- IV
  • WMS- IV
  • Kaufman Assessment Battery for Children- II
  • Leiter International Performance Scale- 3
  • Woodcock-Johnson IV, Tests of Cognitive Ability
  • Trail Making Test
  • Bayley Scales of Infant Development- II
  • WISC- V
  • Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scales- V
  • Kauffman Brief Intelligence Test- II
  • Memory Assessment Scales
  • Slosson Measures
  • Ruff 2 and 7 Test
  • Woodcock-Johnson IV, Tests of Achievement

Observational/Behavioral Checklists

  • Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales- 3
  • Adaptive Behavior Assessment System- II
  • Conner’s Comprehensive Behavior Rating Scales
  • Behavior Assessment System for Children – 3

Symptom/Self-Report Measures

  • Beck Depression Inventory- II
  • Beck Anxiety Inventory
  • Children’s Depression Inventory- 2
  • Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory
  • Coping Strategies Inventory
  • Young Mania Rating Scale
  • Geriatric Depression Scale  
  • Alabama Parenting Questionnaire
  • OQ-45

Policies and Procedures

  1. A minimum of eight multi-measure assessments with integrated reports must be completed and an Assessment Portfolio Case Review Form (see form below) must be submitted to the Office of Clinical Training (OCT) by the end of the Spring term prior to internship. Case Review Forms do not need to be submitted for additional reports that are completed. 
  2. The Case Review Form requires students to very briefly summarize the case, especially any unique feature of the case or report, and to obtain the supervisor’s signature. A post-doctoral fellow or intern may fulfill the requirements of these policies and procedures under the supervision of a licensed supervisor although the licensed supervisor signs the form.
  3. The OCT provides for the collection and storage of the eight Case Review Forms. It does not evaluate the assessment or provide feedback to students on the adequacy of the measures given. These evaluative functions rest with the on-site supervisor, the CCE evaluation committee, and other faculty review bodies such as for annual student reviews and development of remediation plans. Students may not leave for internship until eight assessment reports have been completed and required forms submitted. The forms submitted are destroyed as specified by the SOPP retention policy.
  4. Supervisors are asked to observe (live or on video tape) at least one administration of one structured test such as a WAIS or Rorschach, and to carefully review the scoring of that test to assure that the student has mastered test administration and scoring procedures. Proficiency exams performed at training sites may fulfill this requirement as well. Supervisors are asked to continue taking these steps as needed until they are confident that the student has mastered these skills. Students can demonstrate this proficiency with any one test of their choosing. Supervisors attest that these steps have been taken by completing Item 4 on the Case Review Form.
  5. Of the required eight assessments, at least four forms must be submitted at least 10 business days prior to sitting for the Assessment Competency Exam of the Comprehensive Clinical Examination. The additional forms, up to a total of eight, must be submitted by the end of the Spring term prior to internship.
  6. Students may select these eight cases from employment sites as long as the work was supervised by a licensed psychologist and all other criteria listed here are met.
  7. Up to three of these assessments may be transferred into the portfolio from work done within two years prior to arrival at SOPP.  Case Review Forms for transferred assessments submitted for the portfolio must include signatures obtained from the original supervisor(s) of the case.
  1. Students are encouraged, and clinical supervisors may require students, to complete multi-measure assessments with integrated reports on a more student led basis (or sole work) consistent with the student’s level of competence. After the supervisor has approved the selection of the case and provided initial guidance, the student may take the lead in test selection, test scoring and interpretation, conceptualization, and writing a draft of the integrated report.  This process allows the student to demonstrate current level of competence, incorporate learned assessment skills, and take ownership of the training process.  The supervisor is still responsible for all components of the assessment process and approving the final form of the integrated report for clinical purposes.
  1. Students may submit up to three reports to be used as work samples for practicum and internship applications to the Assessment Portfolio.  The report must be sanitized and accompanied by a Case Review Form.  The demographic information and identity of the client in each of these reports must be sanitized per APA guidelines, and the report must be signed by the supervisor.  Permission to use client information for this purpose must be obtained from the client and is the responsibility of the student and on-site supervisor.  The reports submitted for use as work samples are destroyed as specified by the SOPP retention policy.     

Updated: 3/17/15; 9/26/16; 4/13/18

Case Review Form (DOC)