A question of Identity: a therapeutic assessment of an adolescent

Audrey Rosenberg, Assistant Program Director of WestCoast’s Assessment program, was published in the French journal, Le Journal Des Psychologues. Audrey’s article examines the work between a white male assessor and an African American adolescent male using established therapeutic models and adapting them to a transcultural context.

The article is available here.

WestCoast Children’s Clinic presents at the annual Society for Personality Assessment conference

Assessment Program Director, Barbara Mercer, and Assistant Program Director, Audrey Rosenberg, each presented a paper in a Symposium at the Society for Personality Assessment, an annual international conference, this year in San Diego. Barbara’s talk entitled “Living With Danger: Attachment and Complex Trauma in Oakland, California” was part of a Symposium called An International Perspective: Assessment’s Role in Uncovering and Coping with Client Trauma. Audrey’s talk “Beyond the Dyad: How an Organization can Support Supervisors who are Working with Unlicensed Trainees who are Testing High-Risk Youth” was in a Symposium on The Art of Supporting Supervisors: Supervision of Psychological Assessment.

Judy Wan, our pre-doctoral intern and next year’s post-doctoral resident, gave a poster session, Therapeutic Assessment with Adolescents: A Time-Series Design Examining Changes in Family Functioning. Her poster is on display in the hallway near the kitchen.

Eching Ho, who will be starting per postdoctoral residency with us in September, gave a poster session, Role of Acculturation and Enculturation on Chinese American Adults’ Perception of Child Psychological Assessment Models.

C-Change at the 45th Annual Association of Black Psychologists International Convention

From July 24-26, 2013 C-Change clinician, Amara Benjamin-Bullock, attended the 45th Annual Association of Black Psychologists International Convention as a panelist in a discussion assembly titled, “Pan African Psychology: A Diasporan and Continental Dialogue,” and participated in two presentations titled “DSM V Conversation Hour,” and “Human Trafficking in the US.” Amara was also honored in a SAGE sponsored reception for her article contribution to the Journal of Black Psychology Special Issue on Pan-African Psychology.

WCC Staff presents 3 papers to American Education Research Association Conference

Alea Holman presented 3 papers at the American Educational Research Association(AERA) conference in April. They are: Catalysts and Challenges to Gendered Racial Socialization in Black FamiliesBefore the Bell Rings: Black Families’ Efforts to Support their Children’s Educational Excellence; and African American Parents’ Experiences with Schools: How a Community-Based Program can Strengthen Family-School Relationships.

A Phenomenological Investigation of Meta-emotions of First Generation Asian Indian Immigrant Mothers

Jonathan Fishman presented A Phenomenological Investigation of Meta-emotions of First Generation Asian Indian Immigrant Mothers as part of a panel entitled Parental Socialization of Emotion and Values: Variation Across Ethnic Groups in North America on April 20th at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development in Seattle.

Article by WestCoast staff listed as top ten cited in Journal of Personality Assessment

Training Assessors in Therapeutic Assessment by Marianne E. Haydel, Barbara L. Mercer, and Erin Rosenblatt was recently listed as one of the top ten cited articles from the Journal of Personality Assessment. The article focuses on the use of the comprehensive Therapeutic Assessment training model (Finn, 2007) with a child and his mother, and offers ideas about learning and training in the context of the case presented. You can access the article at this link.

Research to Action: Sexually Exploited Minors Needs and Strengths

We are pleased to announce the release of WestCoast’s first research brief“Research to Action: Sexually Exploited Minors Needs and Strengths.”  

The disturbing underground industry that thrives on selling children for sex is an alarming and complex problem that has no simple solution. But we’re dedicated to doing what it takes to end child sexual exploitation. Continue reading

Crossing the Cultural Divide: Issues in Translation, Mistrust, and Cocreation of Meaning in Cross-Cultural Therapeutic Assessment

Crossing the Cultural Divide: Issues in Translation, Mistrust, and Cocreation of Meaning in Cross-Cultural Therapeutic Assessment

published in the Journal of Personality Assessment Volume 94, Issue 3, 2012

by Audrey Rosenberg, Angelica Almeida & Heather Macdonald, WestCoast Children’s Clinic, Oakland, California

Abstract

This article examines cross-cultural therapeutic assessment in a community mental health clinic. The first case describes the work between a Caucasian assessor and a Mexican American family. The authors explore the metaphorical and literal translation of the findings from English to Spanish and the parallel process of translation of the self, experienced by both assessor and client. The second case describes the work between a Caucasian assessor and an African American adolescent. We describe the inherent challenge between the Eurocentric “task” orientation of the evaluation and the Afrocentric “relationship” orientation. We suggest that bridging the gap between cultures and overcoming cultural mistrust lay in the building of the assessor–client relationship. Fischer’s concepts of rapport and intimacy are emphasized and expanded on as we emphasize the importance of cocreated meaning in cross-cultural assessment work.

Visit the publisher’s website for access to the full article.

 

Why Did She Put Nail Polish in my Drink? Applying the Therapeutic Assessment Model With an African American Foster Child in a Community Mental Health Setting

Why Did She Put Nail Polish in My Drink? Applying the Therapeutic Assessment Model With an African American Foster Child in a Community Mental Health Setting

published in Journal of Personality Assessment Volume 93, Issue 1

by Brooke Guerrero, Jessica Lipkind, and Audrey Rosenberg, WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Abstract

Although the majority of research on Therapeutic Assessment (TA) discusses the application of TA in research or private practice settings, we found that the model could be applied in a community mental health setting. We argue that when implementing this model with racially diverse, low socioeconomic status children, it is essential to integrate issues of class, privilege, and race into the assessment process. A case is presented that illuminates the specific concerns and struggles of adapting this model to a community psychology population. This analysis includes the interface with systems, placement stability, and consideration of culturally responsible treatment. We also demonstrate how the support of a treatment team helps the individual clinician process and integrate the levels of trauma and pain with which these families present.

Access the full article on the journal’s website.