A psychological assessment (also called a psychological evaluation) is one of many ways to learn about a person. Client-centered and individually-tailored, these assessments go beyond just identifying a specific disorder or disability. Utilizing scientifically-grounded and sensitively-delivered psychological testing procedures, we can gain a better sense of how a person"s mind works in-the-moment. The primary goal is to help people better understand a person"s needs and appreciate their psychological strengths.
The primary "product" people receive from a comprehensive psychological assessment is information. This is given both verbally and in the form of a detailed written report.
There are some components common to most psychological assessments we complete. These include:
A meeting between one of our psychologists and the person (or his/her parents), to discuss the developmental history, strengths, and the nature of current concerns [approximately 60 minutes].
Meetings between the psychologist and the person participating in the assessment, to complete psychological testing. This involves two (or more) sessions, each about three hours in length.
Interviews with teachers, therapists and/or other important people in the person"s life, if indicated.
Review of any relevant medical, mental health, and/or school records.
One or more debriefing meetings with the person participating in the assessment and/or with his/her parents.
Consultation with school personnel, treatment providers, or other people in the person"s life, if requested.
By integrating information from so many different sources, we are often able to gain a robust and sophisticated understanding of a person"s needs, gifts, and/or struggles."