We have years of experience in psychological assessments. We understand the patient’s specific needs, while providing their doctors and caregivers a trusted, comprehensive diagnostic evaluation. Our testing process is based on trusted methods. Our insights are driven by years of experience.
A psychological assessment is a series of tests that utilize a combination of many different psychological techniques to develop hypotheses about the individual and their cognitive, social, emotional, and behavioral functioning.
We offer full, integrative batteries, which assess an individual’s cognitive ability, academic achievement, interpersonal style, coping strategies, potential psychopathology, and overall strengths and weaknesses.
We also conduct psychoeducational testing that examines an individual’s cognitive functioning only. This typically involves IQ, achievement, neuropsychological tests, and personality testing designed to examine an individual’s social, emotional, and behavioral functioning.
STANDARD TESTING BATTERY
- Mental status examination
- Clinical Interview with Client
- Clinical Interview with Parent(s)
- Consultation with treating therapist
- Review of file and prior evaluations or mental health records
- Review of clinical records
- Cognitive/IQ Test – Wechsler (WAIS-IV; WISC-V)
- Academic Achievement – (WJ-IV; WIAT)
- Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory – Second Edition; Adolescent (MMPI-II; MMPI-A)
- Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory – Fourth Edition; Millon Adolescent Clinical Inventory (MCMI-IV; MACI)
- Achenbach Youth Self-Report (YSR)
- Achenbach Child Behavior Checklist (CBC)
- Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory for Adolescents (SASSI-A2)
- Sentence Completion Test
- Comprehensive Report Writing
- Verbal Feedback to Client
- Verbal Feedback to Collateral informant (e.g. parent)
- Verbal Feedback to treating therapist
- Verbal feedback to Educational Consultant or Home Therapist or Aftercare setting (if applicable)
Evaluations are tailored to meet the specific needs of the individual. The psychologist will choose other tests from the following list, as appropriate, to complete the evaluation:
- Rey-Osterrieth Complex Figure Test (Rey)
- Trailmaking tests (Trails)
- Boston Naming Test (BNT)
- Repeatable Battery for the Assessment of Neuropsychological Status (RBANS Update)
- Delis-Kaplan Executive Functioning System (D-KEFS)
- Woodcock-Johnson Tests of Cognitive Ability – Fourth Edition (WJ-IV Cog)
- Comprehensive Test of Phonological Processing (CTOPP)
- Beery Test of Visual-Motor Integration (VMI)
- Beck Anxiety Inventory
- Beck Depression Inventory – II
- Revised Anxiety and Depression Scale (RCADS-Client and Parent)
- Mood Disorder Questionnaire
- General Behavior Inventory (for Bipolar Disorder)
- GBI-Client and Parent)
- Vanderbilt ADHD Diagnostic Parent Rating Scale (VADPRS)
- Rorschach Inkblot Test
- Semi-Structured Trauma Specific Interview
- Trauma Symptom Inventory (TSI)
- Post-traumatic Stress Diagnostic Scale (PDS)
- Krug Asperger’s Disorder Index (KADI)
- Social Responsiveness Scale – 2
- Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS – 2)
- Behavior Rating Inventory of Executive Function (BRIEF)
- and others…
If the client has recently had testing, a partial battery of tests may be available.
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What questions do psychological assessments help answer?
• I/my child/my client presents with many complex issues that could be explained by numerous different diagnoses. What is the underlying diagnosis?
• I/my child/my client is ready to transition to a different level of care. Which level of care is most appropriate?
• I/my child/my client has stopped responding or regressed in therapy. How can I tailor my interventions to better assist me/him/her?
• My child/ client has just revealed a previously undisclosed trauma. How can I tell if he/she’s ready to address it in therapy and what is the best approach? How much of his/her symptoms are being driven by this trauma versus other problems?
• My child/client is still in the honeymoon phase of therapy. How can I jumpstart therapy and find a place to begin?
• My child/client comes from a very disruptive home/school environment. How can I tell how much of my client’s problems is due to organic psychopathology versus environmental factors?
• I/my child/my client has a history of substance abuse. How can I tell if their substance abuse is a symptom or a contributor to my/their adaptive difficulties?
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