Psychological Assessment of Childen During COVID-19: The Nuts and Bolts


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How in the world do we assess children during COVID-19? In this workshop, we discuss the practical details regarding the practice of psychological, psychoeducational, and neuropsychological assessment of children and conducting standardized psychological assessment in face-to-face with infection precautions, assessment soley via tele-psychology, and a hybrid mix of both online and face-to-face.

Hear two expert psychologists discuss assessment during COVId-19: Drs. Jeremy Sharp and Ryan Matchullis

This online panel format session includes short lectures from the speakers, followed by a Q&A session. This webinar is approximately three hours long.

Through completing this continuing education opportunity, participants will demonstrate increased knowledge about:

  • The ethical considerations when conducting virtual, hybrid, and protected face-to-face psychological assessments with children.

  • The validity and reliability concerns in performing virtual, hybrid, and protected face-to-face psychological assessments with children.

  • The environmental considerations for conducting virtual, hybrid, and protected face-to-face psychological assessments with children.

  • The practical logistics of orchestrating a virtual, hybrid, and protected face-to-face psychological assessments with children.

  • The unique challenges of performing virtual, hybrid, and protected face-to-face psychological assessments with complex children.

  • The general limitations of performing virtual, hybrid, and protected face-to-face psychological assessments with children.

Outline of the material covered:

  • Ethical consideration within virtual, hybrid, and traditional face-to-face psychological assessment contexts.

  • The available validity and reliability evidence to perform psychological assessments within virtual, hybrid, and protected face-to-face contexts.

  • The recommended technological layout to perform virtual and hybrid psychological assessments with children.

  • The recommended physical safety precautions needed to perform hybrid and face-to-face psychological assessments with children.

  • Practical strategies to support neurotypical and complex children in completing virtual, hybrid, and face-to-face psychological assessments.

Presenter information

Dr. Jeremy Sharp

A licensed psychologist practicing in Colorado. Dr Sharp graduated with a PhD in Counseling Psychology from Colorado State University in 2008. He has worked in university counseling centers, with older adults in extended care facilities and in elementary school classrooms for children with Autism and emotional disturbances. He also spent two years as a psychometrician under a Clinical Neuropsychologist. Dr Sharp is the host of The Testing Psychologist, a consulting service and podcast aimed at helping psychologists and other mental health professionals add or grow psychological assessment services in their practices.

Dr. Ryan Matchullis

A registered psychologist practicing with Renfrew Educational Services in Calgary, AB. Dr. Matchullis obtained his PhD in School and Applied Child Psychology in 2018. His graduate research focused on cognition and social skills in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), as well as social interaction for adolescents with ASD. His work has focused on assessment and intervention for children and adolescents with diverse learning needs, and neurodevelopmental delays and disorders. Over the past few years, he has also provided psychological assessment services within First Nations school systems. Dr. Matchullis has a growing interest in how tele-assessment can be tailored to meet the needs of diverse populations and compliment in-person services.