Finding Balance via Positive Psychological Assessment and Conceptualization: Recommendations for Practice

Rhea L. Owens, Jeana L. Magyar-Moe, Shane J. Lopez

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Abstract

This article provides an integrated review of positive psychological assessment and conceptualization methods and tools currently available to practitioners within the framework of a new assessment model—the Comprehensive Model of Positive Psychological Assessment. Cultural considerations stemming from the Culturally Appropriate Assessment Model were incorporated into the Practice Model of Positive Psychological Assessment to provide a comprehensive positive psychological assessment model. Furthermore, practice recommendations grounded in the positive psychological literature are provided to enhance the implementation of this model at various assessment stages. In addition, specific tools are provided to fill the gaps within the literature and guide clinicians in the formulation of a balanced assessment and conceptualization, including the Comprehensive Model of Positive Psychological Assessment Intake–Adult and Child/Adolescent Forms, the Comprehensive Model of Positive Psychological Assessment Semistructured Clinical Interview, the Comprehensive Model of Positive Psychological Assessment Report Template, and a new diagnostic approach—the Balanced Diagnostic Impressions (DICE-PM) Model.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)634-670
Number of pages37
JournalThe Counseling Psychologist
Volume43
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2015
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • assessment
  • conceptualization
  • positive psychology
  • prevention/well-being
  • strengths

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