The Therapeutic Assessment Institute offers the possibility for licensed psychologists to become certified practitioners of Therapeutic Assessment (TA). (See Finn, 2007 for distinctions between Therapeutic Assessment, therapeutic assessment, and collaborative assessment.) Separate certifications are available for TA with four client types: 1) adult individuals, 2) children, 3) adolescents, and 4) couples.
Clinicians with at least one certification can be listed as such on this website.
Certification in Therapeutic Assessment is designed to meet five goals:
- To provide a “marker” for practitioners who wish to know that they are practicing TA with fidelity and competence,
- To insure that research on TA is done using practitioners who are well trained in the model,
- To provide a structure for advanced training in TA,
- To provide direction for clients who wish to work with assessors trained in TA,
- To build a community of assessors who have common language and training, who can promote the development of TA in years to come.
The specific competencies that are required for each type of certification are listed under the training tab. If you wish to be certified in TA with couples, you must first be certified in TA with individual adults.
Certification is granted as the end point of a case review/discussion involving you, the applicant, and two faculty members of the Therapeutic Assessment Institute. To apply, you will videotape an entire assessment and provide two copies of the following:
- videotapes of all the sessions (in DVD format),
- copies of all test materials—typed or in legible format,
- a copy of the plan for the summary/discussion session
- copies of the written report(s), letter(s), or stories resulting from the assessment
- a completed “Self-evaluation for Certification”
- a completed application form
- a check or money order for the application fee of $950
Once the materials are received and have been reviewed by the two faculty members, they will schedule a discussion with you of these materials, either in person, or by video chat, or phone. This discussion is expected to last 60-90 minutes.
Several weeks following the discussion, you will receive a letter giving you detailed feedback, and either granting certification immediately or suggesting next steps that could lead to certification. If you are not certified immediately, the reapplication process will be streamlined and will be tailored to the recommendations of the faculty who considered your application.
Preparing for the Certification Application
We have an investment in your becoming certified in TA and in your having a good experience with the certification process! Therefore, if you are interested in certification, we ask that you seek consultation from one or more of the TAI faculty on one or more TA cases. You and the faculty member will then decide together whether you are ready to apply for certification. To arrange such consultations, please contact the Therapeutic Assessment Institute at firstname.lastname@example.org, and you will be paired with a consultant. You will be asked to send case materials and videotapes beforehand, and to fill out a form detailing your questions for the consultation. Such consultations typically involve 2-4 hours per case (including the consultant’s review of case materials and the subsequent discussion) and are charged at varying rates depending on country of faculty (i.e. in the US the rate is $150/hour).
Because TA is a rapidly evolving field, certificates are granted for 5 years. At the end of that period of time, if you wish to maintain your certification, you must fill out a “Renewal of Certification” form and describe activities you have taken part in to continue to develop your skills in psychological assessment and in TA. Also, because of our strong belief that it is inadvisable to practice TA in isolation, to maintain your certification you must demonstrate ongoing involvement with the TA community.
Because the different forms of TA require different skill sets and expertise, you must undergo the same certification process for each client type. However, skills do generalize across the different forms of TA, and we expect that once you have achieved one kind of certification, the preparation needed for others will be greatly reduced.