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Psychological Assessment

Psychological Assessment for Recruitment & Employees

According to international best standards, companies are now investing in pre-employment psychological assessments. Some employers may not have the ability to administer psychological testing prior to hiring, and as a result time, money and resources are inefficiently utilized in training and development in an attempt to provide a best fit between the newly hired employee and the area of specialization. TCHD can provide psychological reports to the firm as part of the recruitment process to give a comprehensive overview of who is the best candidate for the job, from a psychological standpoint.

Additionally, for employees, psychological testing provides comprehensive and detailed assessments of areas of concern. Psychological testing is not a single test or even a single type of test. It is rather a comprehensive assessment of particular challenges that the client faces. Depending upon what kind of testing is being done, it can last anywhere from 1/2 hour to a full day. We will be concentrating on three major areas:

Examine the achievement and ability of the individual. It incorporates some aspects of a psychological assessment (behavioural evaluation, social-emotional testing) but it also places greater emphasis on evaluating an individual’s intellectual potential and current level of achievement. It also measures key aspects of development such as adaptive functioning and visual motor integration skills. Special education testing (dyslexia and other specialist linguistic tools) is sometimes required to facilitate accurate diagnosis and referral for services. A psycho-educational battery is useful for a variety of purposes such as:

  • In cases of poor academic performance
  • Confirming learning difficulties and/or disabilities
  • Confirming the scope of an individual’s intellectual abilities
  • Cognitive testing post-accident/injury

This on the other hand, examines the personality and the behavioural characteristics of the participant. A Full Psychological Assessment is a thorough evaluation of how a person thinks feels and behaves. It is made up of a set of procedures that are administered and interpreted to obtain a comprehensive picture of a person’s holistic functioning.

This is concerned with the objective measurement of skills and knowledge, abilities, attitudes, personality traits, and educational achievement. The process measures relevant strengths and weaknesses and primarily assesses employment suitability, including company-candidate fit.
These three main assessments can be utilized to identify a number of challenges presented by employees and their dependents and create systematic methods for overcoming these challenges. Additionally, the following specific challenges can be addressed through the assessment process:

Adult – Some challenges that we can help and guide are:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Personallity
  • Trauma

Dependants (Child/Adolescent) – Some challenges that we can help and guide in are:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Conduct Disorder
  • Trauma

A psychiatric assessment, or psychological screening, is a process of gathering information about a person within a psychiatric service, with the purpose of making a diagnosis. The Centre for Human Development Limited will provide the following service:

  • General psychiatric evaluation – Interview based evaluation to access the necessary actions to be taken. The aim of a general psychiatric evaluation is to:
    1. Establish whether a mental disorder or other condition requiring the attention of a psychiatrist is present.
    2. Collect data sufficient to support differential diagnosis and a comprehensive clinical formulation.
    3. Collaborate with the client to develop an initial treatment plan that will foster treatment adherence, with particular consideration of any immediate interventions that may be needed to address the safety of the patient and others—or, if the evaluation is a reassessment of a patient in long-term treatment, to revise the plan of treatment in accordance with new perspectives gained from the evaluation.
    4. Identify longer-term issues (e.g., premorbid personality) that need to be considered in follow-up care.
  • Emergency evaluation – in response to thoughts, feelings, or urges to act that are intolerable to the patient, or to behaviour that prompts urgent action by others, such as violent or self-injurious behaviour, threats of harm to self or others, failure to care for oneself, bizarre or confused behaviour, or intense expressions of distress.
  • Clinical consultation – evaluations for the purpose of assisting in the diagnosis, treatment, or management of an individual with a suspected mental disorder or behavioural problem.