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Psychological Testing and Evaluation

Sometimes symptoms of a psychological disorder are apparent, like when a child is really struggling with school work, having trouble making friends and getting along with others. However, for an adult who has chaotic or unstable personal and professional relationships, inconsistent vocational, educational or employment history due to unpredictable behavior, the cause of the problems is not always clear. Psychological testing and evaluation are comprised of a series of tests that help determine the root cause of psychological symptoms and disorders, to clarify the correct diagnosis and provide a road map for the appropriate course of treatment.

Psychological  Testing and Evaluation for Children and Adolescents

At PCC we realize when a child is struggling with behavioral problems and academic difficulties, it could be a result of several factors such as mental health problems, social skills deficits, an undiagnosed learning disability, neuropsychological deficits, ADHD, or other conditions. The findings of an assessment could help providers and educators better understand the strengths and weaknesses of the individual child and clarify the supports that child needs.

 

Some common areas of assessment include:

Autism Spectrum Disorders

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Learning Disabilities   (e.g., non verbal learning disability, dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, reading disabilities, math learning disability, disorder of written expression, intellectual disability, etc.)

Intellectual Giftedness

Diagnostic clarification for psychological disorders (e.g., depression, anxiety, behavioral disorders, bipolar disorder)

Psychological Testing and Evaluation are also used with adults, for instance, to determine the extent of a brain injury or disorder, or to decide if a person is mentally competent to stand trial. 

Some businesses and organizations use psychological testing and evaluation to decide whether or not an applicant is likely to be a good candidate for a position within the company, or to determine the needs of an active employee. 

The outcome of the assessment is to guide treatment or other supports needed to maximize a person’s ability to function at their best in their environment. 

What to Expect

First and foremost, the Psychological Testing and Evaluation process at PCC is conducted with professionalism, sensitivity, confidentiality and with the utmost respect, for our clients.  We understand how frustrating and upsetting not having accurate diagnostic information can be and strive to empower our clients with knowledge.

Psychological Testing and Evaluation typically takes several hours and more than one visit with our psychologist. During this time, the client takes a series of standardized written tests in the form of questionnaires, ability ranking lists, surveys, and checklists.  Psychological tests are not the type of tests one can or should prepare for.

Our psychologist uses information from the tests and interviews to write up an overall evaluation, determine a diagnosis, develop a treatment plan or provide referrals and recommendations. The written comprehensive psychological assessment report can be shared with other treatment providers.  

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