This course provides an overview of historical perspectives concerning the nature and meaning of assessment. The course reviews the purposes, types, and processes of clinical assessment. Standardized and non-standardized assessment techniques and underlying statistical concepts are examined. Issues of validity and reliability in assessment instruments are reviewed. Special issues in assessment, including biases, assessment of special populations, and social and cultural factors are presented. Ethical strategies for selecting, administering, and interpreting assessment instruments and research in clinical assessment are discussed. Course activities will focus on assessment considerations with several clinical conditions, assessment of mental status, risk assessment, and an Adlerian approach to clinical assessment.