The Psychologists Podcast

Miss Diagnosis MINISERIES Ep. 3: Why Are You Observing Me? with Niloofar Tavakoli, MEd

October 19, 2021 Niloofar Tavakoli Season 2 Episode 3
The Psychologists Podcast
Miss Diagnosis MINISERIES Ep. 3: Why Are You Observing Me? with Niloofar Tavakoli, MEd
Show Notes

Observations! My second fav assessment ingredient, right behind the Interview(s) :)

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Ok, so we know assessment involves RIOT now, and we understand the R and the I...but what about the O?  What are psychologists looking for when they creepily watch you during an evaluation? How do we know you're anxious, or frustrated, or socially adept?

Niloofar Tavakoli, MEd, LPC and UH doctoral student joins us today to describe what she's learned to look for when observing clients during assessment. She's awesome. Duh. https://steppingstonetherapy.org/niloofar/
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PS Here are two of the resources I mention that are helpful for interviews (follow-up from Episode 2 of the miniseries):

1. Therapeuticassessment.com
2. Book on interviewing that I think will be awesome once I finish it!

Psychiatric Interviewing E-Book: The Art of Understanding: A Practical Guide for Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Counselors, Social Workers, Nurses, and Other Mental Health Professionals 3rd Edition, Kindle Edition

by Shawn Christopher Shea


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In this special Miss Diagnosis miniseries, we're looking behind the scenes at psychological assessment--the underused and little known but totally helpful psychological service that helps you answer questions like, "Am I normal?", and/or "Do I have ADHD...or PTSD, or Autism, or OCD, or Bipolar, or...?", and/or "What treatment(s) will be best for me?"

Look for polls and comment on posts on my Instagram @drjuliatx as we go through the series. I want to know what you want to know!
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I'm Julia Strait, and I'm a licensed psychologist specializing in comprehensive, trauma-informed, neurodiversity-inclusive, collaborative psychological assessment. You can find me...

  • on Instagram @drjuliatx
  • at the private practice where I work: https://steppingstonetherapy.org/strait/
  • at Psychology Today: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapists/julia-strait-webster-tx/444237
  • on the Psychology Today blog, This Emotional Mind: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/emotional-mind
  • on Amazon, with an anxiety book for teens (adults can use it too :)): https://www.amazon.com/Panic-Attacks-Workbook-Teens-psychology/dp/1648766137