The quality of counseling, therapy, or career recommendations for individuals with diverse cultural backgrounds heavily depends on the quality of the initial psychological assessment and on the quality of the diagnostic process as a whole. For instance, finding the best career opportunities is a hopeless endeavor if strengths and occupational interests have not been properly identified. While ample psychological instruments for such purposes are available in German or English, instruments that are properly adapted to some other languages and cultures, e.g., those of refugees, are sparse. Moreover, little is known related attitudes towards testing, knowledge and strategies in completing tests, as well as how the test situation as such can best be adapted to specific needs and expectations of other cultures.
Diagnostics across borders pursues three main goals:
• to provide more knowledge about how to adapt diagnostic procedures to enable valid testing with individuals from diverse cultures or, more specifically, refugees, and to do research about diagnostic instruments and their implementation in different cultures.
• to provide information about currently available diagnostic questionnaires that are already adapted (according to scientific standards) to other languages and cultures (of refugees) and that can be used to tailor-suite counselling, therapy, and career services.
• to adapt the diagnostic questionnaires currently needed as part of the process of integrating and welcoming refugees.
• to be a source of information and advice for those who conduct psychological assessment with refugees.
The founders of “diagnostics across borders” have ample expertise in developing, selecting, administering, and interpreting a huge variety of psychological questionnaires and are devoted to doing our utmost to provide a high level of psychological assessment for many aspects of refugees’ lives.