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Old January 1, 2013, 12:58 PM   #3
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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.
Dennis Dezendorf
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