- Psychological (Diagnostic) Assessment
- Psychoeducational and Developmental Assessment
Psychological (Diagnostic) Assessment
Psychological assessments are completed for a variety of reasons. The goal is to develop a comprehensive understanding of an individual’s social, emotional, and behavioural functioning in order to determine whether a diagnosis of a psychological disorder is warranted. The diagnosis of a psychological disorder (e.g., mood disorders, anxiety disorders, trauma-related disorders, etc.) is a controlled act in Ontario, restricted to Psychologists, Psychological Associates, and Physicians.
During the course of a psychological assessment an individual will be asked to complete a clinical interview that will include a discussion of current concerns but also a detailed history. You will also be asked to complete some self-report questionnaires which are chosen based on your presenting questions. On occasion, and with your permission, I may wish to include a family member or friend in the process to provide additional information from another person’s perspective.
When your assessment is complete, a comprehensive report containing information you provided about your background, presenting problems, diagnoses, and recommendations for treatment will be generated. This information will then be shared with you in a follow up “feedback” session that will include ample time to address any questions that you may have.
A psychoeducational assessment may include a comprehensive evaluation of a person’s intellectual, developmental, social, and/or emotional development. Common goals of such assessments include identifying and diagnosing the following:
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Autism Spectrum Disorders
Psychoeducational assessments are completed in keeping with the guidelines and expectations of local school boards, but also colleges and universities. These assessments can be instrumental in ensuring that you or your child receive appropriate classroom and/or academic accommodations to allow them to achieve to the best of their ability and thrive in their learning environment.