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 two major areas:
A Trauma informed Clinical Assessment is completed to determine the base-line functioning of a client. A detialed history of the client is taken, along with their families history. This tool will help the clinican determin further couse of treatment needed.
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 one’s 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 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 measure 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 dependants and create systematic methods for overcoming these challenges. Some other areas of challenge that TCHD can address are:
- Parents are sometimes unaware of the challenges that can be posed to a child in terms of development and growth. Associates medical issues such as Autism and Aspergers need to be clinically assessed to provide identification and severity.
Additionally, the following specific challenges can be addressed through the assessment process:
Child/Adolescent – Some challenges that we can help and provide support with are:
- Oppositional Defiant Disorder
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
- Conduct Disorder
Adult – Some challenges that we can help and provide support are: