While some psychologists may pause their psychological assessment services during the COVID-19 crisis, others have time-sensitive, high-needs or high-stakes testing that needs to continue. A new guidance on tele-assessment from APA’s Div. 12 (Society of Clinical Psychology) provides some advice on practicing in this time.
Some standardized testing administration methods will need to be altered. Altering these administration procedures should be done carefully, thoughtfully and deliberately, with special attention paid to how the alterations themselves may modify the data. These six principles will help psychologists continue providing tele-assessments within the current physical distancing constraints.
Note: This article is a brief summary of the full guidance on tele-assessment during the COVID-19 crisis from the Boards of the Society for Personality Assessment and Section IX (Assessment) of APA’s Div. 12.