Good point, Glenn, but the field changes its terminology regularly. My wife was an RN in a mental retardation/mental health/psychiatric facility for 30 years and she had trouble keeping up with the terms du jour
. I currently work in a high school that has a notable percentage of MR/MH/Spec Ed students and sometimes when I overhear the professionals talking, it's as if they're using a language all their own.
Do you know anything about the predictive validity of current evaluative instruments?
I admit that I do not, but after watching professionals work for several years, it seems to me that their methods have about the same predictive validity as a shaman reading goat entrails.
Disclaimer: I am not a mental health professional. Purely a layman lost in a MH world.