Pearson's Mental Health Assessments

hello and welcome to today’s webinar my name is carolyn hughes and i’m one of the assessment consultants at pearson clinical assessment and so today i’ll be giving you an overview of our mental health assessments and resources so that you can be there for those that need your support we have a range of assessments that can help to screen or diagnose mental health problems this includes assessments that can be used digitally and during your telepractice sessions as well as paper kits so today’s webinar will last approximately an hour with time for questions and because of the nature of a webinar we will wait to have questions at the end so please feel free to write these in the chat box throughout the session if your questions do not get read out or answered we will get back to you after the webinar so the agenda of today’s webinar will begin with um information about pearson’s mental health support resources then i will provide an overview of our standardized mental health assessments including behavior adhd and social emotional skills depression anxiety self-image and self-esteem and and other areas and and then autism assessments as well and then finally i’ll give a brief overview of q global our online administration and scoring platform so at pearson we have been working on our mental health support resources so developing a healthy mind is just as important for our overall health as our physical condition with stress anxiety and our internal feelings being major factors that can change how we perceive ourselves and the world around us we’ve created a range of useful mental health support resources that are suitable for practitioners teachers and students of all ages so we’ve created a mental health assessment brochure and our mental health assessments are created by world-renowned experts in psychology to support qualified health and education professionals in identifying mental health issues and concerns in children adolescents and adults we’ve created an easy to use guide that splits our mental health and assessments into various topics and areas we have a support for schools mental health toolkit we know how important it is to encourage a culture of positive well-being and mental health in today’s environment this useful mental health support in schools toolkit has been created in collaboration with psychologists and sencos to provide helpful tips and advice on how to aid your students in the classroom as well as when when to seek expert support we have um a series called succeeding in scnd and a focus on supporting students during difficult times in this exclusive series we present insightful conversations between scnd students and experts we launched with a focus on dyslexia with helen bowden ceo of the british dyslexia association and this was followed by a focus on autism with dr callum harley and that was in november you can also join melanie atkins and mary long for a discussion on how to support children with anxiety behavior and mental health issues during difficult times and then finally we’ve also created a well-being zone our new well-being zone provides a space dedicated to support all ages you’ll be able to find resources um from advice on coping with anxiety to fun activities to help support mental health and well-being suitable for help suitable for health professionals teachers and young people it even includes mindfulness for unsettling times which is an introductory practice for teachers and parents that can be used with children and students created by our mental health and well-being and senior product manager ashley lodge and i’ve just added a link on this slide for you and so you know where to find it you just need to go on to the pearson uk website okay so um just before i begin talking

about the various products i wanted to mention our qualification codes at pearson clinical you’ll notice that um there is a code on each assessment that i talk about today a qualification code and all pearson clinical assessments and products in the uk are assigned to a qualification level of either cl1 cl2 cl2r or cl3 cl1 being the highest qualification level in order to establish your tests which tests are available to you simply compare your training qualifications with the qualification code i’ll just go through each one briefly now and but if you do have any um any queries just visit our website or feel free to ask me any questions so the qualification for level three and offer those assessments that do not require the individual to have advanced training and assessments and interpretation so this would include qualified teachers the qualification level cl2r is um for tests that require a qualified teaching status and a further postgraduate qualification in scn for example a postgraduate diploma or a master’s and this qualification would need to be an scn um spld or a relevant field at level seven then we have a cl2 qualification code so this is um for individuals who are certified by a professional organization recognized by pearson assessment this assessment code would encompass all psychologists and speech or occupational therapists mental health professionals and health practitioners and then finally the level cl1 is um somewhat it requires a higher level of expertise and test interpretation and can be purchased by an individual who is registered with the hcpc as a practitioner psychologist or as a chartered psychologist with the bps so um it includes those who are registered with hcpc as a practitioning psychologist as clinical psychologist forensic psychologist counselling psychologist or educational psychologist okay so now we can begin with the basque three the basque three is a multi-method multi-dimensional system used to evaluate the behavior and self-perceptions of children and young adults aged 2 to 25 years the core elements of the basque three retain those of the original basque and the improvements implemented from the second edition all of the bask iii components are tailored to setting and informant and have relevance to diagnosis evaluation and treatment the basque iii is sensitive to both obvious and subtle behavioral and emotional disorders as expressed in school and clinical settings and to academic and family demands on a child and adolescent development it provides a sophisticated approach to the evaluation of behavioural and emotional disorders among children and adolescents so the forms include the teacher rating scales the parent rating scales the self-report of personality the structured developmental history and together they can help you to understand the behaviors and emotions of children and adolescents you can see all your on your screen the age ranges for each form and it provides um the most comprehensive set of rating scales which measure areas important for both i d-e-a and the dsm-5 classifications the bask iii applies a triangulation method for gathering the information by analyzing the child’s behavior from three perspectives from self from the teacher and the parent or caregiver this allows you to get a more complete and balanced picture and combined these tools provide one of the most comprehensive systems currently available so um the teacher rating scales can be used to measure adaptive and problem behaviors in preschool and a school setting you can use the parent rating scales to measure both adaptive and problem behaviors in the community and home setting and the self-report of personality provides an insight into the child or adolescent’s thoughts and feelings and then you have clinical scales which measure the maladaptive behavior and

consist of items written for each corresponding scale there are adaptive scales which measure constructs that are often considered behavioral strengths the composite scaled scores are helpful for summarizing performance and for drawing board broad conclusions regarding different types of adaptive and maladaptive behavior and the composite scores represent behavior dimensions that are distinct but not independent and the scores that are available from the basque 3 are t scores and percentiles this assessment is available on our online platform q global and this actually allows you to send a secure link to the rater for them to complete the results will then be sent back to you um via the platform for you to generate a report you can also generate an intervention recommendations if you require there are also an um a few other assessments in the basque family of assessments i won’t be talking about them today but if you want to have a look on our website you’ll be able to find the bess which is the behavioral and emotional screening system this is a brief universal screening system for measuring behavioral and emotional strengths and weaknesses in children and adolescents there is the basque iii intervention guide which presents details on 60 plus interventions including both theoretical practical information relevant relevant for each intervention and then there’s also a parent relationship questionnaire which captures a parent’s perspective on the parent-child relationship so next we have the brown efa this is an update of the brown add scales the brown executive function attention scales helps screen and assess a wider range of impairments and executive functioning the brown efa scales measure the dsm-5 symptoms for adhd along with less apparent impairments of executive functioning it is a set of rating scales designed to evaluate executive functions related to adhd in individuals aged three and older the brown efa scales consist of parent teacher and self um report forms over four age levels they can be administered sorry over three to three age levels they can be administered using q global or via a paper questionnaire form if using a paper form you can then either choose to hand score or score via q global the assessment can take between 10 to 15 minutes to administer and it has a clr cl2r qualification code the items on the brown efa scales are grouped into six clusters each representing an underlying aspect of the author’s model of executive function and impairment as it relates to adhd so the first is activation the activation cluster addresses difficulties the individual may have organizing tasks and materials estimating time prioritizing tasks and getting started on work like tasks the second is focus these include the problems individuals may have in sustaining attention and focus for work like tasks or in shifting attention when needed from one activity to another third is effort this dish looks at problems individuals may have in staying alert and sustaining sufficient work and work related tasks it also addresses difficulties with processing information completing tasks and maintaining performance consistency the next is emotion this looks at difficulties the individuals may have with regulating emotional reactions to the extent that they may take over too much of what the individuals are thinking or what they are doing then we have memory this looks at problems the individual may have with forgetfulness in specifically in daily routines and the recall of learnt material and then finally the last cluster is action this looks at problems individuals may have recognizing appropriate behavior and self-regulating their actions the normative scores are reported that are reported are t scores and percentiles

next we have the social skills improvement system the ssis and it’s the social emotional learning edition this offers a brief screening and progress monitoring form that can be completed by teachers as well as um more comprehensive teacher parent and student forms all of which can be used to assess a child or adolescence um who are aged between 3 and 18 years and social emotional skills the forms include a pro screening progress monitoring scale and this can be used with students from age ages 3 to 18 years as a classroom based screening tool to assess social emotional and academic functioning of students and it can also be used as a monitoring tool to evaluate changes in social emotional and academic functioning several times within with an intervention there is a teacher form and this is completed by any teacher or someone with a similar role who has a good understanding of the child’s functioning there’s a parent form which is to be completed by a parent or caregiver who has an opportunity to observe and interact the child several times a week in the month prior to rating there is a student’s form and this form obtains the student student self rating which can be really important because they can add information about the perceptions and beliefs that they are not readily observed by others each can be completed digitally using q global to administer online or remotely and then scoring and reporting the social emotional skills represent five competencies self-awareness self-management social awareness relationship skills and responsible decision making scores are provided for each of the five sel sel competencies in addition scores are provided for the sel composite scale representing an overall index of social emotional functioning as well as for the core skills skills scales a score that represents functioning on 10 score scor 10 core social emotional skills and raw scores are provided along with standard scores with us with a mean of 100 and a standard deviation of 15 as well as percentile ranks higher scores indicate higher more desirable levels of functioning the ssis seo also has a class wide intervention program this provides 23 skill units covering these five social emotional competencies making a highly effective instructional approach with all digital materials including powerpoints and videos and this is to help maximize engagement next we have the self-image profiles these are brief self-report measures of both self-image and self-esteem with uk norms the self-image profile or the sip has a child and adolescent version and an sip for adults for the sip child and adolescent there are two forms the child child’s form is from ages four um seven to eleven years and the adolescence is from twelve to sixteen years both have identical and for have an identical format and scoring procedures but have different item content appropriate for their their at their age both consist of 25 familiar self um descriptions 12 of the positive nature and for example happy friendly and 12 with a negative slant of for example lazy or moody and one item on sense of difference all statements are generated by the participant and the participant indicates how they think they are and how they would like to be and they’ll be using a zero to six scale zero being not at all and six being very much aspects of self information can be obtained in in domains um including the following so for the children’s version it looks at behavior

social emotional outgoing academic resourceful and appearance and for the adolescent form it looks at expressive caring outgoing academic emotional hesitant feel different inactive unease and resourceful and then if you’re looking at the self um image profile for adults this is for ages 17 years to 65 years and this provides an extension to the child and adolescent profiles again it has uk norms and it consists of 32 items rated by the respondent in terms of how how they think what they think of themselves and how they would like to be it provides a visual display of self-image and also provides a measure of self-esteem which can be calculated by the discrepancy between the ratings of who i am and who i would like to be okay so next we have the um beck range of assessments so the back range is mainly for people age 17 and above however the depression inventory and can be used from 13 years and i’ll go through each one of these that you see on your screen and that you can see on your screen now the becca depression inventory too is the world’s most widely used instrument detecting depression this edition now has an age range extended down to 13 years providing clinicians with a sensitive tool for assessing younger clients it still takes just five minutes to complete and is more clinically sensitive than ever it consists 21 items to assess the intensity of depression in clinical and normal populations um each item is a list of four statements arranged in increased increasing severity about a particular symptom of depression then there is the beck depression infantry fast screen it’s a seven item self-report skate case finding information instrument that screens for depression in adolescents and adults it consists of items extracted from the depression inventory too and measures the severity of depression that corresponds to the psychological non-somatic criteria for diagnosing major depressive disorders as listed in the dsm iv the bector depression inventory fast screen was constructed to reduce the number of false positives for depression in patients with known biological medical or alcohol substance abuse problems it should not however be considered as a substitute for the back depression inventory too this one is to be administered by um by paper only the back anxiety inventory measures the severity of anxiety in adults and adolescents aged 17 years and older giving professionals a firm basis upon which to make confident diagnostic decisions it evaluates both physiological and cognitive symptoms of anxiety and item overlap with other self-report depression inventories is minimized this also consists of 21 items each item is descriptive of the symptom of anxiety and is rated on a scale of zero to three the back anxiety inventory has been found to discriminate well between anxious and non-anxious diagnostic groups as well as a as well as a result is useful for screening and measures right used for a screening measure of anxiety in a variety of clinical populations there is also the beck scale for suicide ideation the bss this was developed for use with patients of 17 years and older and provides a good starting point for a clinician’s more detailed examination of a patient’s suicidal intent as well as monitoring suicide ideation of patients who are known to be at risk of suicide the manual provides data on both inpatients and outpatients and the items correlate highly with items that relate to suicides on other beck scales it’s made up of 21 items and can be completed in to ten minutes two of the questions on the scale are designed designed to function as an internal screening component this component saves time and reduces the intrusiveness of the questionnaire

for patients who are non-suicidal then we have the bec helplessness scale the bhs this helps you to measure three major aspects of hopelessness for people aged 17 years and older feelings about the future loss of motivation and expectations it is designed to measure an individual’s attitude about their long-term future and consists of 20 true slash false items with patients either endorsing a pessimistic statement or denying an optimistic statement it acts as a powerful predictor of suicide intent all of these forms and all of these assessments apart from the bec depression inventory fast screen can be administered and scored via pearson’s online scoring platform q global and you have the option for on-screen administration or remote administration next still in the bec group of assessments we have the beck youth inventory and it’s on its second edition this one allows you to assess children and adolescents age 7 to 18 years with confidence and help to plan effective interventions there are so there are five self report inventories um within the beck youth inventory which can be used together or separately depending on what you would like to assess the beck youth inventory can also be administered and scored via pearson’s online scoring platform q global each inventory contains 20 statements they rate how frequently the statement has been true for them the inventories included are the back depression inventory includes items that reflects the respondent’s negative thoughts about himself or herself his or her life and future feelings of sadness and physiological indications of depression for example i feel like no one loves me and i feel empty inside the back anxiety inventory includes items reflecting fears and for example about school getting hurt and their health worrying and physiological symptoms associated associated with anxiety for for example i’m afraid that i might make mistakes or my hands shake there is a bank back and anger inventory which includes items or perceptions of mistreatment negative thoughts about others feelings of anger and physiological arousal for example when i get mad i stay mad when i think um when i think of my life it’s unfair and then finally um oh no two more you’ve got the disruptive behavior inventory which includes um items related to behaviors and attitudes associated with conduct disorder and defiant behavior for example i like to hurt animals i like it when people are scared of me and then we have the beck self-concept inventory this includes items that explore self-perceptions such as um competence and positive self-worth and examples of this could be i feel pride proud of the things i do or i’m happy to be me this assessment can be used together with the resiliency scale which i’ll talk about next and in order to get a comprehensive view of a person’s health and well-being so the resiliency scales are for children and adolescents and it enables group or individual profiling of personal strengths and vulnerabilities of children aged 9 to 18 years the scales can be used separately together or in conjunction with a symptom-based measure to obtain a balanced view of child the child or adolescent it is child and adolescent friendly allowing the child children to focus on strengths as well as symptoms and vulnerabilities it is treatment focused enabling you to quickly screen for personal strengths and it can help generate and prioritize intervention strategies and systematically benchmark and monitor responses to interventions in terms of strength and enhancement as well as symptom reduction so there are three self-report scales

which take about five minutes to complete each which are designed to identify areas of strength or vulnerability and the scales can be administered as an individual or group and as i said they can be used independently um or together so the um the three scales i’ll just go through the three scales now so the first one is the sense of mastery this scale has 20 items and it’s a self-report questionnaire and it consists of three conceptually related content areas the first is optimism about life and one’s own competence positive attitudes about the world about life in general and about their own life and currently and also in the future self-efficiency and someone’s approach to obstacles or problems and ability to develop problem solving strategies adaptability their flexibility being personally receptive to criticism and learning from their mistakes and the next is sense of relatedness so this includes trust support and comfort and tolerance this has 24 items again itself a self-report questionnaire so um trust is when when it looks at when when others are perceived as reliable and accepting and the degree to which an individual can be authentic in their relationships support and this is an individual’s belief that there are others who he or she can turn to when dealing with problems comfort comfort with others which may um buffer stresses in an individual’s life tolerance the individual’s belief that he or she can safely express difference within a relationship and then we have the final one is emotional reactivity so this has 20 items a self-report questionnaire and there are there are three areas related to this sensitivity this is the someone’s threshold for reaction and the intensity of the reaction recovery the ability to bounce back from emotional arousal or disturbance of the emotional equilibrium impairment the degree to which the adolescent is able to maintain an emotional equilibrium when aroused and um and yeah so you get other scores for each of those areas and as i said you can use them independently altogether okay so next we have uh the navarco anger scale and provocation provocation inventory this helps clinicians and researchers evaluate the role of anger in various psychological and physical setting in physical conditions it is a brief and easy to administer self-report questionnaire which will help to assess anger in clinical community and correctional settings the naspi is composed of two parts the novaco anger scale which are 60 items and this tells you about how an individual experiences anger the provocation inventory which has 25 items and this indicates the kind of situations that induce anger in particular individuals the entire questionnaire can be completed in just 25 minutes and it produces scores for the following areas so we have an ivarko anger scale total cognitive arousal behavior anger regulation and provocation inventory total in addition there is a validity index which helps identify consistent responding whether intentional or inadvertent and the test has been shown to have good test retest reliability in non-clinical clinical and correctional samples next we have the aggression questionnaire this um so this is used to screen um children or adults for aggressive tendencies and with this routine self it’s a self-report inventory it measures an individual’s aggressive responses and his or her ability to channel those responses in a safe constructive manner the self-report consists of 34 items on which individuals rate themselves on a five-point scale ranging from not not at all like me

to completely like me these include physical aggression hostility verbal aggression indirect aggression and anger and then moving on to our autism assessments we have the asrs this is the autism spectrum rating scale and they are a variety a valid reliable and um carefully crafted tool designed to effectively identify symptoms behaviors and associated features of the full range of autism spectrum disorders or asds in children children and adolescents aged 2 to 18 years so the authors of this assessment are the highly respected sam goldstein and jack naglieri and it’s a u.s standardized non-reference tool of the autism spectrum including asperger’s disorder and autism the asrs is brief and easy to administer taking approximately 20 minutes or just five minutes for the short form and it can help to guide diagnostic decisions treatment planning ongoing monitoring of response to intervention and program evaluation using a five-point leica rating scale parents and teachers evaluate how often they observe specific behaviors in areas such as socialization communication unusual behaviors behavioral rigidity sensory sensitivity and self-regulation we also have the cars 2 this is the childhood autism rating scale on the second edition is extremely useful in identity identifying symptoms in autism and it’s an untimed assessment that can be used with individuals age two and older in particular it excels in responsiveness to individuals on the high functioning end of the autism spectrum those with average or higher iq scores better verbal skills and more subtle social and behavioral deficits covering the entire autism spectrum the cause 2 distinguishes between mild to moderate from severe autism and discriminates from other cognitive deficits the complete kit includes standard and high functioning forms a parent caregiver questionnaire and guidelines linking scores to interventions and i’ll just list some of the functional areas that are covered within this assessment relating to um people imitation social emotional understanding emotional response emotional expression and regulation of emotions body use object use object use in play adaption to change visual response listening response taste smell and touch response to and use fear or nervousness fear or anxiety verbal communication and non-verbal communication activity level thinking cognitive integration skills level and consistency of intellectual response and general expressions and then we have the adir which is the autism diagnostic interview revised this is a thorough assessment um in an into a thorough assessment interview which can be used with children and adults with an age of above two years it’s comprised of 93 items and is highly useful in the formal diagnosis of individuals suspected of having asd it can also aid in treatment and intervention and educational planning the adir focuses on three functional domains language and communication reciprocal social interactions restricted repetitive and stereotyped behaviors and interests and the interview questions cover eight content areas so it looks at the background including family education previous diagnosis diagnoses and medications their overview of behavior their

early development and developmental milestones language acquisition and loss of language or other skills current functioning in regard to language and communication social development and play interests and behaviors and clinically relevant behaviors such as aggression self-injury and possible epileptic features i’m also available with the adir is the dvd training package this includes a training program on the dvd a guidebook with behavior coding instructions and examples interview booklets and comprehension and comprehensive algorithm forms and an unlimited use scoring cd that allows you to score all algorithm scoring functions of the adir okay so hopefully you found the overview of those assessments useful i just wanted to take a moment to explain q global and in a little bit more detail um as as you’ve probably noticed i mentioned this a few times on some of the assessments where it’s available for q global and digital scoring or administration so q global is pearson’s web-based system for administering and scoring assessments online from any device connected to the internet it allows you to deliver on-screen administration and remote on-screen administration for certain assessments and therefore you don’t require face-to-face interaction between clinician and client in some cases you have 24 7 secure web-based access it’s portable as you can enter the data manually into q global via any web enabled device it generates um scores for you so you can on some assessments you can have either a profile report or an interpretive report it produces accurate comprehensive reports plus additional analysis that sometimes isn’t available um by hand the reports can be downloaded instantly and be copy can be copied and edited in your in your own report so you can edit and change them and save them wherever you like and it provides abbreviated manuals on the platform through the resource library and we’ve also now added various manuals to the platform to purchase as well for more information regarding telepractice or telehealth and please visit our website for guidance or feel free to ask me any questions about telepractice or q global okay great so i think we’ve got some time for questions now and whilst i’m just looking at the question box i’m just going to put my contact details on the screen for you so you can make a note of those if you have any questions you can phone email and i’ve also put my my linkedin account on there and where i often post um various things that could be relevant for you so i’m just gonna have a look um that’s the questions i’ll just wait a few more minutes in case there’s any questions that come in so one of the questions are are most mental health assessments available digitally to use via telepractice so um yeah so we have quite a few of them if i go through quickly i can tell you which ones which are are available via telepractice and via and q global so we’ve got the beck youth inventory and so this one is available for on screen or remote on screen administration so that would be um fine for telepractice the same for the back range of assessments as well apart from the fast screen um version the ss is sel would be the same that can be used on screen or remote and the the brown is the online administration and so is the bask 3. you can do that remotely as well so yeah all of those will be available for you via telepractice

any other questions okay so it doesn’t look like there’s any more questions coming in so um we’ll end the session for today just wanted to say thank you for attending the webinar today and um yeah i look forward to speaking to you all soon thank you you