What Is Psychological Testing and Evaluation?
Often the symptoms of a psychological disorder are obvious, such as when a child experiences academic and social problems at school, or an adult struggles to maintain personal and professional relationships due to anger issues, but the cause of the problem is not always clear. Psychological testing and evaluation consists of a series of tests that help determine the cause of psychological symptoms and disorders, to determine the correct diagnosis and follow up with the appropriate course of treatment. The methods used for the evaluation will depend on your teen’s needs. It may consist of a series of formal or structured psychological tests as well as clinical interviews designed to identify and describe the emotional, behavioral or learning problems that may be contributing to the problems your teen is having.
When are they used:
What is the process?
The process takes several hours and is completed during several different sessions. A psychological evaluation should be considered in cases where there is uncertainty about the reasons your teen is having problems with mood, behavior, or learning.
Some reasons why you may seek psychological testing for your teen include:
- Psycho-diagnostic testing(e.g. anxiety, depression, self-harm, anger)
- Ruling out or ruling in a mental health disorder/diagnosis
- Testing to assess psychological, emotional, and/or behavioral functioning
- Risk Assessment(violence, sexual, suicide)
- Needs Assessment
- Substance Issues
- Other evaluations: please contact office