Let's talk assessment in our LinkedIn group!

Join PAR's discussion group on our LinkedIn page!

Originally started as a group for our University Partnership Program, we’d like to invite all PAR Customers to join our group where you can ask questions about—or share your experiences with—our assessment products. The group is designed to encourage the discussion of academic uses, research pursuits, and assessment instruction using PAR proprietary instruments. Whether you are teaching students how to use assessment products and looking to share ideas with other instructors, using a PAR product and looking to connect with other users, or simply wanting to discuss assessments with other professionals, this group is an open forum for discussion on the use of PAR products. 

Join the discussion! https://www.linkedin.com/groups/8668065

 

Congrats to the NASP TSP Poster Winners!

Last week, during the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) Annual Conference in Atlanta, PAR sponsored the Trainers of School Psychology (TSP) poster session. Of 37 submissions to the poster session, three were randomly chosen as winners.

 PAR is proud to announce these three posters as winners of the TSP poster contest!

 

Best practices in enhancing suicidality assessment skills using simulated patients

Stefany Marcus, PsyD, and Alexa Beck, MS, Nova Southeastern University

 

An empirical study of the perceptions of program accreditation by university program coordinators

Alana Smith, Ashley Carlucci, Dr. Jim Deni, Dr. Elizabeth M. Power, St. Rose University


Teaching psychoeducational assessment: Putting evidence-based practice to work

Sandra Glover Gagnon, Hannah Walker, and Haley Black, Appalachian State University

 

 

Congratulations to the winners and thank you to all the participants!

 

 

 

New BRIEF-P white paper available!

PAR is proud to announce we have added a white paper to the BRIEF-P product page. This resource will help users learn more about enhanced interpretation of BRIEF-P ratings. The BRIEF-P is the first standardized rating scale designed to specifically measure the range of executive function in preschool-aged children.

 You can find the new white paper under the Resources tab on the BRIEF-P page or via direct download from parinc.com/BRIEFP_white_paper.

 

 

Join PAR for a super NASP in Atlanta!

The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) Annual Convention will be held February 26 to March 1 in Atlanta and the PAR booth will be the place to be! If you’re going to NASP, please stop by to say hello! We’ll have product samples, giveaways, and you can win a BRIEF2 or FAR kit! Plus you can meet some of your favorite authors!

Here’s a link to see when our authors will be available at our booth.

There are also a number of informative sessions being offered that are relevant to your favorite PAR products, many of them being presented by PAR authors. Here is a link to a complete listing with dates and times. We hope you’ll make time to attend one or more of them.

But wait—there’s more! PAR will be offering special discounts on any purchases made at the PAR booth during NASP. You’ll save 15% on your order and we’ll include free ground shipping!

We look forward to seeing you in Atlanta!

We are on the way to INS!

Are you heading to New York City for the 47th International Neuropsychological Society (INS) Annual Meeting?

Don’t miss Dr. Jennifer Greene’s discussion about using base rates, profile analysis, and interrater discrepancies to enhance interpretation of the BRIEF-Preschool Version on Thursday, Feb. 21 from 8 to 9:15 a.m. in the Broadway Ballroom South and Majestic Complex.

Published in 2003, the BRIEF-P is used to assess executive function in children ages 2 to 5 years, 11 months. A single rating form (also available in Spanish) is used with parents, teachers, and day care providers to rate a child’s executive functions in the home and preschool environments.

The instrument helps assess emerging learning disabilities and attention disorders, language disorders, traumatic brain injuries, lead exposure, and pervasive developmental disorders/autism.

The BRIEF-P is part of the BRIEF family of products, which includes the BRIEF2 and the BRIEF-Adult Version. BRIEF instruments have been translated or adapted for use in more than 60 languages on six continents, and the BRIEF2 is the gold-standard assessment of executive function in children ages 5 to 18 years.

While you’re at INS, also make sure to stop by the PAR booth (#1 and 2) to satisfy your sweet tooth with our delicious chocolates and learn more about our latest memory products: the Child and Adolescent Memory Profile (ChAMP), Multidimensional Everyday Memory Ratings for Youth (MEMRY), and Memory Validity Profile (MVP). This suite of conormed products was specifically designed for and standardized on children and youth ages 5-21 years.

Remember: All orders taken at the PAR booth during INS receive a 15% discount plus free shipping and handling!

PAR has the tools you need for anyone facing trauma

Trauma touches people at every level of our society: children who have witnessed violence; soldiers with posttraumatic stress disorder; adults who have experienced traumatic losses. PAR is proud to offer a number of assessment instruments that can assist in the evaluation and treatment of trauma across the age range.

Here are just some of the trauma-based instruments we have available:

Trauma Symptom Inventory-2 (TSI-2): The gold-standard measure to evaluate the effects of traumatic events in adults ages 18 years and older.

Trauma Symptom Checklist for Young Children (TSCYC): The first broadband trauma measure for children ages 3 to 12 years who have been exposed to traumatic events.

Trauma Symptom Checklist for Children (TSCC): Allows you to measure posttraumatic stress and related symptomatology in children ages 8 to 16 years.

Trauma Symptom Checklist for Children Screening Form (TSCC-SF) and
Trauma Symptom Checklist for Young Children Screening Form (TSCYC-SF): Allow you to quickly screen children from ages 3 to 17 years for symptoms of trauma and determine if follow-up evaluation and treatment is warranted.

Detailed Assessment of Posttraumatic Stress (DAPS): A self-report instrument for adults ages 18 and above that provides a detailed assessment of PTSD in a short amount of time.

The TSCYC, TSCC, TSCYC-SF, TSCC-SF, and TSI-2 are also available in Spanish.

Help those dealing with trauma, no matter the cause or their age. To learn more, click on any of the product name links above.
Help college students get on track with the KLDA

College can be difficult even for the most prepared of students. For some, it’s the first time away from home and the first time they’ve had to manage and organize their lives independently. The academic year is now more than halfway complete, and many of these students have adapted successfully to college life and are thriving.

But for students with an undiagnosed anxiety disorder or ADHD, poor coping skills and feelings of incompetence, low self-esteem, and helplessness may persist. Their grades may have slipped, and they may even be at risk of dropping—or failing—out of school.  They likely don’t realize that their academic difficulties are related to treatable medical conditions.

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. Moreover, up to 44% of individuals with an attention deficit disorder were first identified at the postsecondary level.

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.

Help struggling students get the help they need to get their college careers—and their lives—back on track. Learn more at www.parinc.com/KLDA.

Now available: Mendeley bibliographies for the PAI!

In order to facilitate research using the Personality Assessment Inventory (PAI), we are now offering comprehensive bibliographies through Mendeley, a free reference management tool. In addition, a white paper describing this research repository and explaining its creation and use has been created.

After accessing the Mendeley link, you will be prompted to create an account. Mendeley includes a desktop application and a cloud-based system for ease of use when finding references and citing them within a document. Use of this free resource is encouraged to facilitate research on the topics related to the PAI. Individuals who do not wish to create an online account may visit the Resources tab on the PAI product page to view Word documents of these bibliographies.

In addition to the PAI, PAR offers Mendeley bibliographies for the PDD Behavior Inventory (PDDBI), the Standard SDS, and the Student SDS. More will be added to the website soon!

United Way Recognizes Bob and Cathy Smith

Last week, United Way Suncoast recognized several local individuals who have made significant contributions to the organization, inducting these individuals into a United Way Roundtable that has just 500 members worldwide. We are incredibly proud that PAR founders Bob and Cathy Smith were two of the honorees.

The Smiths began their relationship with the United Way in 1977 and became members of the Tocqueville Society in 1998. Bob and Cathy’s spirit of generosity and philanthropy has not stopped with their personal devotion to the United Way, though. They have encouraged PAR staff to actively participate in United Way activities in the area, donating both time and resources. In fact, PAR has had 100% employee participation in our annual United Way drive for more than 20 years! Other honorees at last week’s celebration represented organizations such as Raymond James, Publix, Ferman Automotive, and the Siemer Institute. To be among the company of these other organizations is simply inspiring.

Congratulations, Bob and Cathy! This is an amazing testament to your dedication to United Way for more than 40 years!

Watch the video that was shown at the ceremony.

New year, new career?

The beginning of a new year is a common time for people to evaluate jobs and careers. Are your clients seeking occupations to better align with their passions? With the Self-Directed Search (SDS) it’s easier than ever to help your clients explore career options that best match their personality types!

The SDS is the gold standard in career personality assessment. Since its release in 1971, the SDS has been used more than 36 million times. The SDS is based on Dr. John Holland’s theory, known as the RIASEC theory, that both people and working environments can be classified according to six basic types: Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, and Conventional. One of the main ideas of this theory is that the closer your personality type aligns with your work environment type, the more likely you are to find fulfillment at work.

The SDS was recently rebranded, repackaged, and refreshed! A bold new look and a cleaner, more user-friendly interface means clients can easily learn more about their personality and find a career that fits.

The online SDS experience also features interactive and highly customizable digital reports.

So if your clients are exploring occupations or want a career change, the SDS will greatly improve their search.

Visit self-directed-search.com to learn more!