Insightful Interpretation of Psychometric Assessments
To us, delivering psychological assessments and our other services, is not a job, it is a profession and craft that we deliver, with solid science behind it.
While there may be many assessment and development service providers out there, it takes a lot of experience and talent to be an expert in the interpretation of complex psychometric assessment tools.
Depth of Psychological Experience and Training
- While the 5 years university study helps us have a foundation of knowledge in the field of psychology, the real difference however is that daily we utilise these tools; we administer, interpret, write reports and give feedback on these tools and have done so for years and years.
- We become experts as opposed to casual users of assessments, the difference in experience and depth of knowledge and expertise is extreme when compared to someone trained only on one test makers tools and who has no degrees in Psychology.
- Add to this our preference at Niche to use multiple personality tools and ability tests means our psychologists have taken years to be at the top of their craft and profession.
- Not everyone has the natural talent to interpret assessments well and link them as well as make them meaningful to non-psychologists.
- No matter the training given to people, in our experience, the best assessment experts are the ones who have a natural talent and passion for the area.
Restricted Psychometric Assessment Tools
- There are restricted tools that are only available to qualified and registered psychologists worldwide.
- The Californian Psychological Inventory (CPI) is a particularly complex tool, which requires an advanced level of psychometric training to be able to interpret it. Read more about the CPI construction...
- As such, the level of expertise applied to interpretation of the CPI is much higher than to non-expert tools such as the OPQ, HPI, and 15FQ which can be interpreted by non-psychologists, once they have done the test makers short training course.
Some Countries Restrict Assessment Tool Use to Psychologists
- Some countries such as South Africa have legislated to restrict psychometric assessment use to psychologists, as they were concerned about the unethical use of assessments by non-psychologists.
- They seem to have recognised the risks of having psychometric assessments delivered by people with limited training and it would be ideal if we in NZ, also come to recognise these risks and the potential for misuse when used by non-experts.
- The following exerts are taken from the Health Professional Council of South Africa’s (HPCSA) Policy on the Classification of Psychometric measures devices, instruments, methods and techniques:
- “According to the Health Professions Act, Act 56 of 1974, tests, measures, questionnaires, instruments, etc. that tap psychological constructs must be used, interpreted, and controlled by psychologists.”
- “Only persons registered with the Professional Board for Psychology under the auspices of the HPCSA may administer, score, interpret and give feedback on psychological tests. However, interpretation and feedback are limited to registered psychologists, and psychometricians registered in the category Independent/Private practice.”
What Organisational Psychologists Learn at University versus On-the-Job?
- There is a fallacy that a person does their Bachelor and Masters degrees in Psychology and that they will have had significant training in psychometric tools and their interpretations.
- In fact, most Organisational Psychology courses will have no more than 1 paper on psychometrics and this paper will concentrate on understanding underlying constructs and statistical properties of assessments such as their validity and reliability.
- These courses are not designed to give training or information on how to interpret the tests, give feedbacks and report writing. This means a new psychology graduate is likely to still have a steep learning curve to master the assessment tools they choose to utilise.
- Over the years our Director, Neisha Voot has trained interns and other psychologists on the use of these tools and we estimate it takes 3 years full time working with tools like the CPI (Californian Psychological Inventory) to master the intricacies of the assessment - read more .
- This is not something you learn at university, you learn it on the job, doing the job. It becomes a craft for our psychologists and our experience allows us a depth of knowledge to rely on when interpreting our assessment tools.
For the psychologists at Niche we are proud to work in this profession and to add expertise and craft to what we do.
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