Final Thoughts

  • Tad T. Gorske
  • Steven R. Smith

As discussed earlier in this book, CTNA challenges practitioners of neuropsychology to broaden the scope of their roles in the assessment process. One of the greatest challenges for the practitioner is the ability to relinquish some level of control of the assessment and feedback process. CTNA empowers patients by making them collaborators and co-interpreters of the assessment results. In addition, they are further empowered to determine the nature and course of outcomes resulting from the assessment. Such a method requires that patients be seen as on an equal footing with the assessor and that their opinions and ideas are of equal importance in determining how to use the neuropsychological information.

Now, someone reading this might be thinking, “So we’re supposed to basically give them the information and let them run with it?” The answer to that is, of course, no. That would not be a good practice and would likely be unethical. Any collaborative approach requires finding a delicate...


Motivational Interview Cross Cultural Psychology Neuropsychological Assessment Personality Assessment Psychological Assessment 
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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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