W-07

W-07: Writing Useful, Accessible, and Legally Defensible Psychoeducational Reports
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


An effective evaluation calls for a well-conceptualized and useful report. Effective reports are understandable, answer the referral questions, and provide helpful recommendations. Many school districts have created a structured model or template for their psychologists to use when writing reports. This is sometimes done for consistency so that reports look similar across the district though is often done as a preemptive legal strategy. Unfortunately, many of these templates do not lend themselves to consumer usefulness nor do they support legally sound repots. In this workshop, we will review the research on report writing and discuss strategies for making reports more useful and understandable. We will clarify the characteristics of effective reports and review the legal mandates of report writing. Participants will also learn specific strategies for writing more effective within the constraints of a district mandated template. There is an additional $30 charge for this workshop, as attendees will receive a new book by Drs. Hass and Carriere, Writing Useful, Accessible, and Legally Defensible Psychoeducational Reports.

Dr. Michael Hass is Professor and Director of the programs in Counseling and School Psychology at Chapman University. Dr. Hass is editor-in-chief of the journal, Contemporary School Psychology and co-author, with Jeanne Anne Carriere, of Writing Useful, Accessible, and Legally Defensible Psychoeducational Reports. He is also the 2016 winner of CASP’s Sandra Goff Memorial Award for outstanding contributions to School Psychology. His interests include social-emotional assessment and a strengths-based approach to practice.

Dr. Jeanne Anne Carriere has been a School Psychologist for Long Beach Unified School District for 14 years. She is currently working at an elementary and high school. The co-author of Writing Useful, Accessible, and Legally Defensible Psychoeducational Reports is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Chapman University, teaching in the School of Education’s Counseling and School Psychology Program.