Psychological assessment and testing is used for a variety of reasons and can be requested by individuals, doctors, schools, employers, government agencies and solicitors. Initially, a clinical interview is arranged to allow the Psychologist to gather background information as well as ascertain the reason for the assessment. This enables reporting to specifically address the key questions and concerns. Following the initial interview an appointment will be made for the formal assessment and testing. This may take anywhere from 1-4 hours depending on the assessment. Clients will be asked to perform a series of tasks, puzzles and/or complete questionaires as required. The Psychologist then scores the test/s, collates the information and produces a report which may take up to 2 weeks. For a quote specific to your needs please contact us and our reception staff will be happy to help you.
Living Well Psychology & Counselling can provide the following types of assessments and reports:
- Behavioural Assessments – These may involve observations and monitoring of behaviours. Observations can be performed in the Psychologists’ office, at home, work, school or hospital. Self -observations and questionaires may also be used. These enable the Psychologist to evaluate behaviours and tailor interventions for more positive results. These sorts of assessments are often requested by parents, schools and employers and can help diagnose Autism and other behavioural disorders.
- Intelligence Assessments –These take the form of extensive testing in various areas to calculate an Intelligence Quotient (IQ). An IQ assessment gives an indication of current performance in areas considered important components of general intelligence. While intelligence isn’t all about being good at maths or spelling this assessment can help someone understand the strengths and difficulties in their thinking skills. We use the WAIS –IV (Weschler Adult Intelligence Scale – Fourth Edition) for clients 16+yrs and the WISC – IV (Weschler Intelligence Scale for Children – Fourth Edition) for clients under 16yrs. These usually take approximately 2 hours to administer and are often used to support a doctors’ diagnosis and treatment. IQ assessments for students can support school -based interventions and funding.
- Neuropsychological Assessments – This involves a clinical interview and is often used to determine the area and scope of brain injury after an accident or stroke. It can be a lengthy assessment or series of assessments to investigate not only a persons’ intelligence but also a complete inventory of their cognitive strengths and weaknesses.
- Personality Assesments – This type assessment involves objective and projective tests and is designed to understand a person’s complex genetic, enviromental and social components of their personality. Psychologists often use personality assessments to better understand their clients in order to tailor their therapeutic approach to help their client.