Assessments include an in-depth clinical interview, psychometric testing, and a feedback session. You will also be provided with a written psychological assessment report.
Types of Assessment
Psychological assessments expand an individual’s understanding of their psychological and emotional functioning. Clinical interview and standardized psychological tests are used to better understand symptoms (e.g., depression, anxiety) and personality factors which may be impacting an individual’s psychological functioning, relationship functioning, and well-being. Psychological assessments include a written assessment report including (as appropriate) specific diagnosis and treatment recommendations.
Cognitive assessments provide an evaluation of an individual’s functioning in cognitive domains, including intellectual ability, memory and attention, and executive functioning. Cognitive assessment includes a clinical interview and standardized psychological testing. The results of the assessment are provided in a formal written psychological report which describes the individual’s overall cognitive functioning as well as strengths and limitations.
Psychoeducational assessments are completed in order to identify factors that impact academic/ work functioning, social functioning, and psychological well-being. Psychoeducational assessments specifically evaluate the presence of a possible learning disorder, attention deficit disorder, and other psychological factors that may impact learning. These assessments are most often requested to inform academic plans (e.g., accommodations in school) but may also be useful when an individual’s work place functioning appears to be impacted by a cognitive issue (e.g., attention, memory). Psychoeducational assessments include a clinical interview and standardized psychological tests of intellectual ability, attention, memory, executive functioning, academic functioning, and socio-emotional functioning. The results of the assessment are provided in a formal written psychological report including recommendations designed to support optimal functioning in the classroom or work place.
Capacity assessments are a formal evaluation of an individual’s mental ability to make decisions for themselves regarding health, finances, and other personal matters. Capacity assessments are typically initiated when evidence suggests that a person’s ability to make their own decisions has deteriorated and there is reason to believe that they are unable to care for their personal affairs. Capacity assessments focus on the individual’s ability to understand information relevant to making a decision, appreciate the consequences of the decision, and their ability to follow through with the decision. Capacity assessments can be performed under the Adult Guardianship and Trusteeship Act; alternatively, capacity assessments can be performed in order to activate a pre-existing Personal Directive under the Personal Directives Act. Capacity assessments can only be completed if an individual has been evaluated by a physician in the past three months to ensure that the adult is medically stable.