A psychological assessment is an in-depth evaluation that provides clarity regarding the root issue and proper diagnosis for distressing challenges and symptoms. Many individuals and families seek out a psychological assessment when symptoms negatively impact a person’s academic performance, social relationships, or mood.
What is the Assessment Process?
- An interview is conducted with the individual or parents of a child to gather relevant background information and history of the challenging symptoms.
- A variety of tests are custom selected to address the specific concerns identified during the interview. These written tests, puzzles, and questionnaires often take a few hours to complete and may require two separate appointments to complete.
- A 9-15 page written report is provided to the adult individual or parents of a child. Each report includes practical steps and treatment recommendations that allow the individual and family to more effectively address the challenges they face.
- A feedback session is done with the adult individual or child’s parents, during which the findings, recommendations, and treatment options are explained.
What are the Benefits of an Assessment?
Psychological assessments are a significant financial investment due to multiple hours of testing, data analysis, and report writing required to conduct a high-quality assessment. However, many people choose this option for a variety of reasons:
- An effective treatment plan first requires a clear and accurate understanding (diagnosis) of the root cause of symptoms. Many people experience relief from finally understanding the root cause of the challenges they have been facing.
- Academic Accommodations. Many schools are hesitant to provide accommodations, such as extra time on tests, quieter testing environments, and preferential classroom seating, until a formal assessment has been completed. Attaining accommodations can dramatically improve the trajectory of a student’s academic career and improve one’s motivation to learn.
- Treatment Recommendations. Assessments provide effective treatment methods to help families determine a long-term solution to their concerns. This may include explaining medication options, critical areas to focus on in therapy, or behavioral techniques that promote psychological and academic thriving.