In November 2015 we were invited to present at Pearson’s Digital Technology in Psychology Conference. This conference was designed to provide a forum for psychology professionals to talk about the impact digital is having on research and clinical practice.
Today’s educational (as well as clinical, neuro and forensic) psychologists are under pressure to deliver high quality assessments to parents, schools and professionals, and need to plan their consultations and interventions with schools, young people, parents and other adults very carefully. They also need a good mix of assessment tools, interviews and observations to carry out their work and help them administer the assessments, score and interpret reports with ease. Q-interactive is a tool designed to help Psychologists do exactly that ensuring their work is of a high quality.
Q-interactive has many unique features and benefits so let’s take a closer look at them: First and foremost, Q-interactive (or QI for short) is a digital tool offering professionals an assessment that flows seamlessly without the need to plan the details on paper. This not only saves time, but also facilitates the move to a paperless workplace without having to worry about the logistics of test administration.
Clients also favour the format requiring less paper, as many of them are comfortable using electronic equipment, even at a young age. Tom Long gives a very good example of a complex child with ADHD with a number of behavioural difficulties, who was not too keen on two paper/hard copy tests, but fully engaged with the iPad and completed the entire assessment.
The assessment confirmed that he is cognitively very able and didn’t need to be placed in a school for children with significant learning difficulties, which was deemed necessary until he experienced QI-based assessments.
Other benefits of QI include an easy set up and support materials, such as online tutorials. The programme is quite intuitive and some users don’t even need a tutorial, but when a rare glitch occurs, there is a telephone support system in place.
In the work environment, a more experienced colleague can often be of help to those who are using the tool for the first time. On average the programme can be up and running with a new set up within 40 minutes!
QI is also very easy to use – users can take advantage of a Practice Assessment feature which allows them to practise administration of subtests free of charge, but once the assessment has been set up and trialled, there are rarely any problems. Anyone new to iPads may feel a little anxious at the start, but your worries will quickly disappear as QI works even in remote areas with no Wi-Fi.
The set-up for assessment, the sync with the desktop QI site and interpretive reports always work with no difficulties.
QI’s other great feature is its flexibility and many users don’t even realise its full extent while administering subtests. Flexibility becomes more evident as the users become more familiar with the tool and are able to pick and choose subtests from a selection of the assessments available. For instance, subtests from both the WISC-V and the WIAT-III can be included in one battery to give a fuller picture of a child’s ability.
Automated assessment scoring is also worth mentioning – it is truly effortless, and some of the interpretative statistical analysis helps to interpret the tests, subtests and scales, providing ease of analysis for report writing and feedback to the client.
Another great feature is reporting - for example the QI report with the WISC-V is comprehensive, detailed and provides a wealth of information and help to validate interpretations and observations. QI reports are helpful for raising questions and undertaking detailed analysis of assessments with regards to relevant interventions for the clients, which are refined and backed up through normative assessments.
Psychologists who already use QI have no hesitation in recommending this assessment to their colleagues, due to the ease of administration and the value this tool adds to their work.
QI is especially effective in supporting psychologists with the shift towards agile and mobile networking. The above post is based on the Q-interactive review by Tim Long, Educational Psychologist, which he did earlier this year, explaining why he recommends this assessment tool. If you'd be interested in writing your review of QI, please add your details to this form.
The clinical psychologists and neuropsychologists at the Cambridge Centre for Paediatric Neuropsychological Rehabilitation (CCPNR), who work with children and young people affected by brain injury through accident or illness, have also reported a leap forward since starting to use QI. They attributed it to the digital format, automatic scoring and robust technical support. Read the full review here.
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When set the challenge of creating a Digital Technology in Psychology conference, my first response was excitement.
It’s such a wide subject there’s bound to be lots to talk about – let’s get everyone involved…this however was closely followed by the thought, What if no one turns up? and Is technology as central as we like to think it is…?
Lucky for me, people did submit papers on a range of topics and sign up to attend. So last week we held our first Digital Technology in Psychology conference at York University. We were delighted to welcome our keynote speaker, Dr Tom Manly co-author of the TEA and the new TEA-CH-2. Dr Manly’s talk looked at ‘What is attention?’ and explored the evolution of technology in delivering assessments. A first look at the exciting new TEA-Ch2 was also provided and we can certainly say the new space dog and alien were warmly received.
This was followed by Sarah Kate Smith who led a fascinating discussion around Dementia and Assistive Technology; showing examples of how technological interventions can be used to promote conversations, social interaction and leisure activities. Introducing CIRCA, Sarah’s talk highlighted the importance of including feedback from individuals with dementia into the design and functionality plans of technology.
Did you know that about 8% of people will experience problems with #PTSD that persist beyond 3 months? This was one of many areas highlighted during Sara Simblett’s talk, 'A systematic review of web-based technology to assist emotional adjustment and self-management of symptoms related to post-traumatic stress.' Here Sara looked at the different approaches that have been taken to studying the effectiveness of Interapy as a Treatment of Post-traumatic Stress via the Internet.
After the break, Astrid Coxon generated lots of conversation and app sharing ideas with her talk on, 'The effectiveness of internet-based interventions for managing stress and anxiety in students in higher education: a systematic review'. Looking at some of the studies around web-based interventions and where the gaps currently exist. A conversation that then continued on twitter.
'This Much!, This Feeling & Backdrop: The development of touch device procedures for the qualitative and quantitative assessment of children's positive and negative experiences', was an enlightening talk from David Glasgow. Exploring a number of different apps, the accompanying video’s showed a young boys interactions, and revealed how important additional information could be obtained to help shape understanding and care plans.
Lola Oyelayo and Nick Reynolds, then joined us from Head London to run an exciting workshop on exploiting digital for dementia and depression. A session which pulled together many of the threads of conversation from the day. Beginning with a presentation the team highlighted some of the many issues that are affecting the development of technology in the psychology field including:
- How will an increasingly digital literate population will affect how we provide support for individuals with #dementia in the future
- How do we solve the problem of efficacy for #mentalhealth apps?
I look forward the sharing the outcomes of these workshops in a later blog.
As a first event, we were delighted to see the group so engaged in the topic, we’ll be sharing podcasts from many of the talks over the coming weeks, and so if you were unable to attend, you can sit back with cup of tea and catch up!
I’m also pleased to see that the conversations are already continuing. Sarah Kate Smith will now be joining an exciting line up of presenters for Online Working Memory Week where Sarah will be presenting on ‘Exploiting touch screen tech to promote communication, social interaction & leisure activities with people living with dementia.’
Thank you to all our presenters and delegates who helped to make this first event a success. Watch this space for plans for 2016.
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