Development of Principles and Guidelines for Empirically Supported Assessment: Child and Adolescent; Treatment Planning; and Forensic Practice Perspectives




Panelists:  Drs. Robert Patrick Archer, Michael Bagby, and Eric Youngstrom

Moderator: Dr. Paul Arbisi

Overview: Over the past decade attention has been focused on recommendations for the adoption of empirically supported psychotherapies and treatments in clinical practice. In contrast, there has been relatively little attention directed toward adoption of empirically supported techniques in psychological assessment. Since psychological assessment is a foundational component of clinical psychology as a discipline and a core competency in clinical practice, this webinar will discuss components that constitute empirically supported assessment and examine barriers to establishing principles and guidelines for evidence based assessment across three practice domains within clinical psychology: Child and Adolescent; Treatment Planning and Outcome; and Forensic.


  1. Explain the necessity for establishing consensus principles and guidelines for clinical assessment practice.
  2. Discuss what is required for an assessment practice to be considered empirically supported.
  3. Identify barriers that impede the development of empirically supported assessment within the three domains of clinical practice discussed in the webinar