A Collaborative Therapeutic Neuropsychological Assessment Model

  • Tad T. Gorske
  • Steven R. Smith

The Collaborative Therapeutic Neuropsychological Assessment (CTNA) model represents a hybrid clinical intervention that draws from the NAFI of Gorske and the CNA of Smith. Given their similar goals of increasing the clinical impact of neuropsychological assessment on patient well-being, feelings of responsibility and control, and life narrative, it seemed logical to combine the two into one comprehensive assessment intervention. Specifically, CTNA borrows its initial interview and general clinical approach from Smith’s CNA, but the feedback and report are derived from Gorske’s NAFI. The resultant product is both collaborative (in that the patient and the therapist work together to understand a particular set of life problems) and therapeutic, given that the ultimate goal is to reduce patient suffering or to help bring about a transformative experience.

Throughout this chapter, we generally refer to experiences, expectations, needs, and wishes of the patient. However, we acknowledge...


Neuropsychological Test Behavioral Functioning Brain Damage Negative Belief Active Collaborator 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tad T. Gorske
    • 1
  • Steven R. Smith
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of PittsburghPittsburgh
  2. 2.Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School PsychologyUniversity of CaliforniaSanta Barbara

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