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Writing to clients and referring professionals about psychological assessment results : a handbook of style and grammar

Author: J B Allyn
Publisher: New York : Routledge, ©2012.
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"This book represents 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 Clients elucidates the qualities that create a writer's unique presence on the page with illustrations of correct English grammar, and is appropriate for  Read more...
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Allyn, J.B. (Janet B.).
Writing to clients and referring professionals about psychological assessment results.
New York : Routledge, ©2012
(DLC) 2011033325
(OCoLC)712124153
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: J B Allyn
ISBN: 9781136483622 1136483624 0203135075 9780203135075
OCLC Number: 794670911
Description: 1 online resource (xxiii, 224 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Machine generated contents note: pt. I Building Blocks of the Report. Attitude, Tone, Style, and Voice --
ch. 1 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 --
ch. 2 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 --
ch. 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 --
ch. 4 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 --
pt. II Mortar to Fortify the Building Blocks: Grammar and Editing --
ch. 5 Big Picture, Small Details: Format, Write, Edit, Proof --
Formatting --
Choosing Font: Style and Size --
Ordering Sections and Content --
Possible Formats --
Using an Outline --
Alternative Approach to Outlining --
Writing --
Evaluating and Editing --
Proofing --
ch. 6 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 --
ch. 7 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 --
ch. 8 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 --
ch. 9 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 --
ch. 10 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 --
pt. III Beyond the Report: Extending Clear and Effective Communication --
ch. 11 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"? --
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 --
ch. 12 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.
Responsibility: Janet B. Allyn ; forewords by Stephen E. Finn and Constance T. Fischer.

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"This book represents 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 Clients elucidates 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"--Provided by publisher.

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