Best practice for the worst times:<br>SVR-20, V2

The Sexual Violence Risk–20, Version 2 (SVR-20 V2), is a 20-item checklist of risk factors for sexual violence developed for use with individuals who have committed, or are alleged to have committed, acts of sexual violence. This new version uses updated data and research to create an evidence-based and legally defensible guide for clinicians making decisions about the monitoring, treatment, and supervision of those at risk for sexual violence.

Based on the success of the original version, the SVR-20, V2 specifies which risk factors should be assessed and how the risk assessment should be conducted. This version features an updated list of risk factors and remains empirically related to future sexual violence, making it useful when making decisions about the management of sex offenders.

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Learning difficulties, test anxiety?<br>The KLDA can help!

Test anxiety is a fact of life for most students. They may worry if they studied enough, if they’ll remember everything they studied, and if they’ll pass the class.

College students may feel extra pressure to succeed from their parents (who may be funding their education), their coaches, and their instructors.

For most students, the symptoms of test anxiety (sweaty palms, feelings of helplessness, and difficulty concentrating) end as soon as the test is over. But for students with an undiagnosed anxiety disorder or another issue that affects learning, such as ADHD, depression, specific learning disability, or executive function deficits, the symptoms persist.

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, 40 million adults in the United States ages 18 and older have an anxiety disorder—yet only 36% of them seek treatment. Many may not even realize they have a treatable medical condition.

College students face enormous amounts of stress, and not just from tests. For some, it’s the first time away from home and the first time they’ve had to manage and organize their lives independently. These students can easily get overwhelmed. If they have an undiagnosed anxiety disorder or ADHD, they may have poor coping skills and suffer from feelings of incompetence, low self-esteem, and helplessness. Their grades may slip and they may even be at risk of dropping out of school.  Teachers and other staff may notice but may not know how to help.

The Kane Learning Difficulties Assessment (KLDA) is a self-report screening tool designed to identify students who struggle unknowingly with a condition that affects learning such as an anxiety disorder, ADHD, an executive function deficit, or a specific learning disability.

The KLDA can be administered by any instructor, counselor, tutor, or coach and takes just 15 minutes to complete. It evaluates difficulties with reading, writing, math, listening, concentration, memory, organization, time management, oral presentation, self-control, and anxiety.  The test is scored online via PARiConnect and provides a report with valuable information about the student’s individual learning strengths and weaknesses. It also identifies if the student is at risk of an undiagnosed learning difficulty so he or she can seek treatment.

The KLDA report helps both students and teachers by providing specific interventions and accommodations that address the student’s identified academic weaknesses.

The sooner struggling students can get the help they need, the sooner they can get their college careers back on track. Learn more at www.parinc.com/KLDA.

PAR is on the way to NAN 2018!

Will we see you in New Orleans this week at the National Academy of Neuropsychology Annual Conference? Make sure to stop by the PAR booth (#105) while you are in town to take advantage of 15% off plus free ground shipping on all orders placed at the conference.

We will have so many products on hand to browse, like the MEMRY, IGT2, MVP, and more! We can’t wait to see you in the Big Easy!

Check out our new listing of products available in Spanish

Spoken by nearly 40 million people, Spanish is the second-most widely used language in the United States. For Spanish-speaking clients and students who need psychological assessment, a test in English can be a real obstacle. Options such as interpreters, translation services, or referral to outside agencies are sometimes available, but come with their own set of concerns. You can best serve the needs of your clients and students when you have the right assessment instruments. That’s why PAR is proud to introduce our new Spanish language product listing.

PAR offers more than two dozen assessment products in Spanish, available directly for purchase, that cover all categories of assessment. Please refer to this brochure as a reference for your Spanish testing needs. The brochure contains general information on each assessment product as well as information on the specific items available in Spanish. We’ve also included a link to each instrument’s product page on our website for your convenience. 

We are happy to offer you this resource and hope you’ll refer to this brochure as a reference for your Spanish testing needs.

Did you know that many of PAR’s assessment products are available for licensing in Spanish? You can visit our permissions and licensing page for more information.
So many ways to interact with and train on PAR products!

PAR offers several interactive ways to learn more about various PAR products. Whether you have a few minutes, a few hours, a quick question, or a more in-depth concern, we have something for you! Here are some of the resources we offer and how you can take advantage of them!

1.      Training Portal. The PAR Training Portal gives you a quick way to learn more about select PAR instruments. Whether you want to quickly get up to speed on a new measure, become more knowledgeable about a test you’ve used for years, or preview an instrument you are considering purchasing, the PAR Training Portal is a free, on-demand resource available 24/7.

2.      LinkedIn discussion groups. PAR offers two discussion groups on LinkedIn. One group is a general forum where Customers like you can interact with each other, PAR staff, and even authors! The other group focuses on the Self-Directed Search, allowing users to network and share ideas. Join today and get talking!

3.      University Partnership Program. PAR’s University Partnership Program (UPP) is a way to help you save time and money through a concierge service meant just for universities. The UPP is dedicated to assisting you and your students as they pursue advanced degrees.

4.      PAR workshops. Did you know that it’s easy to arrange a PAR-sponsored workshop in your area? We offer a host of training opportunities customized to meet your needs. PAR is even approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and the Continuing Education Board of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) to provide continuing education credits. To learn more about our workshops and webinars, check out our workshop brochure.

We can’t wait to interact with you!