(1) Counselors and social workers shall recognize the limits of their competence and perform only those testing and assessment services for which they have been trained. They shall be familiar with reliability, validity, related standardization, error of measurement, and proper application of any technique utilized.

(2) Counselors and social workers using computer-based test interpretations shall be trained in the construct being measured and the specific instrument being used, prior to using this type of computer application.

(3) Counselors and social workers shall take reasonable measures to ensure the proper use of psychological assessment techniques by persons under their supervision.

(4) Counselors and social workers are responsible for the appropriate selection, application, scoring, interpretation, and use of assessment instruments whether they score and interpret such tests themselves or use computerized or other services.

(5) Counselors and social workers responsible for decisions involving individuals or policies that are based on assessment results shall have a thorough understanding of educational and psychological measurement, including validation criteria, test research, and guidelines for test development and use.

(6) Counselors and social workers shall provide accurate information and shall not make false claims when making statements about assessment instruments or techniques.

(7) Counselors and social workers shall seek to identify and correct client misconceptions about assessment instruments or techniques and about the meaning of scores, charts, or graphs given to them as an assessment product. Special efforts shall be made to avoid unwarranted connotations of such terms as "IQ" and grade equivalent scores.

History: 37-17-104, MCA; IMP, 37-17-104, MCA; NEW, 2011 MAR p. 2153, Eff. 10/14/11.