Full Psychological Evaluation
This includes cognitive, emotional and personality testing, and provides in-depth information on an individual’s functioning in all three of these areas. It’s useful to help understand what a person is thinking and feeling, her underlying personality structure, cognitive strengths and limitations, coping skills and weaknesses, and why a person behaves as he/she does. In clinically complex cases and/or cases in which it is difficult for a person to get in touch with the problem is or articulate what he/she is experiencing, a full psychological evaluation can be an invaluable resource for providing diagnostic clarification and treatment recommendations. The evaluation is broken down into at least two sessions to avoid fatigue for the client and thus result in the clearest diagnostic results.
Abbreviated Psychological Evaluation
This includes emotional and personality testing, and provides in-depth information regarding an individual’s functioning in both of these areas. This testing helps understand what a person is thinking and feeling, his/her underlying personality structure, coping skills and weakness, and why a person behaves as he/she does. If previous cognitive testing exists, or if it seems fairly certain that cognitive limitations do not bear on the case, an abbreviated psychological evaluation can be an invaluable resource for providing diagnostic clarification and treatment recommendations.
Intellectual and Cognitive Assessment
This includes the Wechsler Intelligence Test, which provides in-depth information on several factors of intelligence (i.e. factual knowledge, short-term memory, abstract reasoning, visual-spatial abilities, processing efficiency), and on academic strengths and weaknesses. A full report is is generated that determine how a child is functioning cognitively compared to same-age peers.
Psychoeducational / Educational / Academic Evaluations
Ages 4+. This includes an IQ and Achievement battery, combined with diagnostic interviewing to screen for the influence of social and emotional, and other mental health conditions on educational abilities and performance. A complete history is also taken during the parent interview to identify any social, emotional, behavioral, psychological, or medical concerns that might be affecting educational abilities and performance. The evaluation is broken down into at least two sessions to avoid fatigue for the client and thus result in the clearest diagnostic results. A comprehensive psychological report is generated and can be used within educational institutions to qualify the client for any special services.
This includes conducting both assessment for suicide and/or violence risk assessment using a structured-professional-judgment (SPJ) approach.
School Safety Evaluation
This includes conducting a violence risk assessment of the student using a structured-professional-judgment (SPJ) approach, followed by collaborative meetings with the student’s parents/guardian, school personnel (committee of special education, teacher, dean) to discuss risk reduction strategies and plan for each student.
Other Psychological Assessment
In some instances, a single or minimum number of tests, such as one personality test, or depression and anxiety screens, may be quite useful in clarifying the diagnosis and thus aiding in treatment planning.