I use the CAPP with every family I consult with. It is a great tool for the solo practitioner because it is easy to administer, quick to score and easy to interpret and feed back to parents and teachers. I have found it particularly useful for children and adolescents referred through Medicare Better Access to Psychological Services as it provides information which may have otherwise been difficult to gather within the limited session model of psychological services. I love it!
The careful development and testing of the self-report instrument provides the educational / clinical community with a very useful tool that can increase early sensitivity and overcomes previously existing problems in screening for morbidity.
I found it a useful screening tool for when I am having trouble developing rapport with an adolescent, or indeed if I don’t feel I am getting the full clinical picture.
The Child and Adolescent PsychProfiler (CAPP) is an excellent screening instrument. I ask all clients to complete the CAPP prior to their first appointment. It allows me to quickly acquire the information I need to address the educational, behavioural, and developmental needs of each client. I recommend the CAPP to psychologists and other mental health professionals working with children and adolescents
The validity and reliability checks were thorough, such as those pertaining to the readability of the CAPP and the triangulation method applied. What an invaluable contribution it is to the profession.
The APP is a comprehensive screening tool that seems to cover the most common adult disorders. I have been using it with clients for several months and have found it to be very useful in aiding diagnosis and, thorough analysis of individual item responses, identifying specific issues and problem areas.
I love it! I deal with adults, mostly in an EAP capacity in large organisations, so get the full spectrum of disorders and mental illness. I find the APP invaluable in early assessment, particularly where there might be comorbidity. My clients find it non-threatening and it enables them to be engaged with me early in their care plan and in the process of understanding and managing their difficulties. I find it doesn’t present equity issues and fear that can arise from psychometric testing. The APP is a great tool to articulate from, should the client require further testing. Its easy portability for on-site work with clients is also a major plus and the time-efficiency of this instrument is another feature. It is invaluable in my practice. No wonder the APP is destined for greater things
I think the tool is an exceptional instrument.
I used the PP last week to really good effect …the responses gave me a great deal of material to work with, it gave me some really good questions to ask, and her explanations on why she put things were where the real gems were to be found.
The PsychProfiler has been used by GPs and Psychologists in this region. Initial indications from these healthcare professionals have been very favourable.
This will be a great addition to our library.
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