Writing to Clients and Referring Professionals about Psychological Assessment Results A Handbook of Style and Grammar

ISBN-10: 0415891248

ISBN-13: 9780415891240

Edition: 2012

Authors: J. B. Allyn
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Description: This bookrepresents a natural evolution from the author’s work with editing assessment reports and is specifically structured to meet the writing and communicating needs of the psychologist assessor. A combination of reference book and tutorial, Writing to Clientselucidates the qualities that create a writer’s unique presence on the page with illustrations of correct English grammar, and is appropriate for graduate psychology students and for practicing professionals. In addition to style and grammar, the author details how to write less formal reports in letter form and to write a therapeutic story as an extension of the report for child, teenager, or adult.

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Book details

Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 1/10/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 248
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.122
Language: English

Janet B. Allyn has specialized in creative and technical writing and editing in the field of psychology since 2004. She works in collaboration with neuropsychologist Diane H. Engelman and together they specialize in creating stories for adult and adolescent assessment clients as well as for children. They give joint presentations on the use and impact of therapeutic stories and how to write them at professional conferences in the US and abroad. Ms. Allyn has spoken regularly at annual meetings of the Society for Personality Assessment, designed a course in interpersonal communications and negotiation for UCLA extension�s environmental management certificate program, and designed and managed communications and training programs for various industries.

Foreword
Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Building Blocks of the Report: Attitude, Tone, Style, and Voice
Attitude: The Writer's View
What Is Attitude in Writing?
Attitude Toward Your Own Writing
Attitude Toward Your Subject and Audience
What Influences Attitude?
Attitude and Your Reader
Tone: Words and More
Formality in Tone
Formality and Contractions
Word Choice
Accuracy and Clarity
Clarity Versus Variety
Denotation and Connotation
Selecting Material and Subtext
Juxtaposition and Finn's Levels 1, 2, 3
Style: Content Plus Structure
Beginning, Middle, and End
Communication Qualities: Clarity and Accuracy
Communication Qualities: Specificity
Concrete Versus Abstract Terms
Abstraction and Hayakawa's Ladder
Communication Qualities: Sensitivity, Compassion, Respect for Your Subject and Reader
Jettison Unnecessary Jargon
Clear Away Clutter
Energize Text
Dynamic Versus Linking Verbs
"Smothered" Verbs
Active Versus Passive Structure
Voice: What Is It and How Do I Find It?
Active Versus Passive Voice in Sentence Structure
Using Active and Passive Voice
Narrative Voice/Point of View
Third Person
First Person and Second Person
Stylistic Voice
Narrative Stance
Neutral Voice and Objectivity in Writing
Mortar to Fortify the Building Blocks: Grammar and Editing
Big Picture, Small Details: Format, Write, Edit, Proof
Formatting
Choosing Font: Style and Size
Ordering Sections and Content
Possible Formats
Using an Outline
An Alternative Approach to Outlining
Writing
Evaluating and Editing
Proofing
Content that Communicates: Sentences and Paragraphs
Sentence: What Is It and How Is It Structured?
Initial Decisions
Sentence Structure
Basic Sentence
Sentence Order
Varying Your Sentences
Paragraph: How Do Sentences Build Into Paragraphs?
Building the Paragraph
Standard Phrases for Reports
Parallel Structure
Fillers, Redundancies, and Unnecessary Phrases
Assessing Readability
Readability Tools: Various Formulas
Reaching Agreement: Subject-Verb, Pronoun, and Gender
Verb Tenses
"Mood" in Grammar
Verb Pairs: Which to Use?
Used To Versus Use To
Can Versus May
Fewer Versus Less
Lay Versus Lie
Raise Versus Rise
Set Versus Sit
Subject-Verb Agreement
Intervening Words
Compound Subjects
Collective Nouns
Additional Subject-Verb Agreement Challenges
Pronouns
Selecting Pronouns
Indefinite Pronouns
Gender Neutrality in Pronouns
Pronoun as Subject or Object
Prepositions
Modifying the Main Idea: Adjectives and Adverbs
Adjectives
Articles = Adjectives
Using Adjectives of Quantity
Compound Adjectives
Placing Adjectives
Adverbs
Splitting Verbs With Adverbs
Adjectives, Adverbs, and Linking Verbs
Degrees of Comparison in Adjectives and Adverbs
Avoiding Ambiguity and Awkwardness
Separating Related Words
Misplacing Modifiers
Constructing Awkward Adverbs
Adding Too Many Adjectives or Adverbs
Modifying Absolutes
Using Hopefully and However
To + Base Verb: To Split or Not to Split
Precision: Right Word, Right Spelling
Spelling in the Body of a Word
Prefixes and Suffixes
Spelling Plural Nouns
Numbers: Digits or Words?
Spelling Words That Sound Alike
Effect Versus Affect
Other Words Easily Confused
Abbreviations and Acronyms
Capital Letters
When Not to Capitalize
Spelling Variations and Modern Usage
Guiding the Reader: Punctuate and Connect for Clarity
Independent and Dependent Clauses
Connecting for Clarity
Punctuation Marks: How and Why We Use Them
Periods and Semicolons
Commas
Recognizing Fragments and Run-on Sentences
Colons
Hyphens and Dashes
Apostrophes
Quotation Marks
Ellipsis
Connecting Words Revisited: Special Challenges
Although, Though, While
Since
Like Versus Such as
That Versus Which
Beginning a Sentence With a Conjunction
Beyond the Report: Extending Clear and Effective Communication
Continuing the Therapeutic Goals: Writing Letters and Stories
Letter to the Individual Assessed: An Overview
Tone in Letters Written as Feedback
Can a Letter of Written Feedback Be "Therapeutic"?
A Clinician's Approach: Assessing Personal Warmth in Letters to the Person Assessed
Metaphor: A Bridge Between Fact and Truth
Conceptual Metaphor: Everyday Life
Metaphor and the Brain
Therapeutic Stories
Children's Stories: Fables
Adult and Adolescent Stories: Allegories
Narrative and Dialogue
Richness, Texture, Safety, and Risk: Communicating Verbally
Written Versus Spoken Communication
Richness and Texture in Communication
"Voice" in Speech
Pacing and Pauses
Loudness and Pitch
Interruptions and Overlap
Report-Talk Versus Rapport-Talk
Nonverbal Cues
Active Listening
Communicating When Fear Equals Risk
Glossary of Terms: Grammar, Style, and Communication
References
Index
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