Assessments/Evaluations refer to the collection and analysis of information gathered through interviews, questionnaires, and standardized tests.
Assessments/Evaluations are used to answer specific questions about the nature of a Client’s problem and to offer recommendations and/or solutions to resolve or manage the problem more effectively.
Common General Assessments
A psychological assessment is generally performed by a psychometrist and/or licensed psychologist when a problem, that does not have a physical origin, is noticed and the cause needs to be determined. This problem can exist in several realms, for example: (1) inappropriate behavior (2) inappropriate mood states (3) failure to perform up to expected standards (as in schoolwork).
The purpose of psychological assessment is to determine what is happening in the individual’s psychological life that may be blocking their ability to behave (or feel) in a more appropriate and constructive manner. Testing cannot necessarily pinpoint the precise cause of the disturbance, especially if it is a complex emotional issue, but it will give a number of clues that can help the parent and the professional guide the child in the right direction. In some cases that are more specific, such as dyslexia or other learning disability, testing will let the parent and teacher know exactly what steps need to be taken to help the child/adolescent learn.
Additional General Assessments
- Personality Assessment
- Competency Assessment
Common Specialized Assessments
Assessment and treatment services are provided to children, adolescents, and adults who exhibit symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and/or Learning Disabilities. We utilize a comprehensive evaluation to help identify or rule out the presence of attention deficits, a learning disability, and/or an emotional problem, including: (1) intellectual and cognitive testing; (2) academic and achievement assessment; (3) personality/emotional testing; and (4) neuropsychological testing, screening and diagnosing neurologically-based attention deficits.
Once an accurate diagnosis is attained, a variety of proven effective treatments are available to help the distractible, inattentive, and/or hyperactive child or adult learns to concentrate and reach his/her potential.
Parenting Capacity Assessment
Family and parenting assessments, bonding assessments, and/or parenting capacity assessments, are comprehensive evaluations that: (1) identify a caretaker’s overall ability to appropriately care for children including objective measurement of the adult’s parenting skills; (2) evaluate interrelationships among each of the family members including the child(ren)’s perceptions and ratings of their parent/caretaker; (3) provide specific recommendations regarding the referral questions while taking into concern the profound differences among various families; and (4) address pertinent agency/court goals.
This assessment requires the participation of all immediate family members and others recognized as a significant part of the family’s functioning. The assessment is done in three phases: Interviewing, Structured Interaction, and Standardized Assessment.
Additional Specialized Evaluations and Psychological Assessment
- Eating Disorders
- Child Custody & Access
- Consultations involve a brief evaluation or review of information along with an opinion based on the information and possible courses of action.