Functioning AssessmentsPsychological Assessments may be conducted for many different purposes. A wide variety of assessments can be provided, alone or in combination. In general, each category of assessment will consist of a detailed clinical interview and a standard test battery. All assessments will be structured to the individual needs of the client. The structure of the assessment will determine the final cost of the assessment.The following is a list and brief description of the most common Specialized Clinical Assessment Services offered by ARCH. For more information about other Clinical Assessment Services please contact our office staff.
When applying to AISH or PDD, people are required to provide a recent psychological assessment as a part of their application. The assessment is diagnostic and mostly focused on evaluation of intellectual capacity (IQ) and adaptive skill functioning. The assessment results in a formal psychological report that documents a comprehensive intellectual and adaptive skill profile and applicable diagnostic information.
In order to be placed in a gifted program, a specialized assessment may be required. The specialized assessment may consist of assessment of intellectual functioning as well as of academic achievement. It is important to know the criteria that the school will utilize in order to confirm advanced intellectual or academic skills. gifted/intellectually advanced assessment results in a formal psychological report that documents requested information and provides recommendations, which can be used to make informed educational decisions.
Individuals who are facing Immigration and Refugee Board review to determine eligibility to remain in Canada are often in need of comprehensive psychological assessments. Those assessments typically evaluate various areas, such as pre and post-immigration experiences (e.g., war, trauma, harassment), the presence of psychological symptoms and disorders (e.g., depression, anxiety, PTSD), and the potential psychological impact of being denied residency in Canada. They are highly detailed and incorporate measures for psychological and personal functioning. Immigration Assessment will result in a formal psychological report that will present results and recommendation, tailored to the requirements of the Immigration and Refugee Board.
Neuropsychological Assessment is used to examine the cognitive consequences of brain damage, brain disease, and severe mental illness. A comprehensive neuropsychological assessment includes assessment of the following domains: intellectual ability, executive functioning (planning, sequencing, problem solving), language abilities, learning and memory, attention/concentration, visual perceptual/constructional skills, speed of information processing, motor and sensory functioning, emotional functioning, and personality. The Neuropsychological Assessment results in a formal psychological report which may include assessment findings, diagnostic considerations, and recommendations for appropriate accommodations or strategies to adjust to neuropsychological impairments.
A psycho-educational assessment consists of a series of standardized tests that measure the individual’s intellectual ability, achievement levels, and social/emotional and behavioural functioning. Information gathered during the assessment may lead to diagnoses, such as learning disabilities; attention and behaviour related disabilities (e.g., ADHD; anxiety or depressive disorders; or pervasive developmental disorders). However, even if a diagnosis is not made, the information can be used to identify what the individual needs to reach their potential. The psycho-educational assessment results in a formal psychological report that documents individual strengths and needs, and provides recommendations to address special services/resources required within the home and school environments (e.g., individualized programming, assistive technology, extra time, access to certain funds, access to specialized services).
A vocational assessment is used to help determine an individual’s level of functioning in relation to their vocation. It usually consists of a clinical interview as well as a battery of tests that can help determine personality traits, level of function and interests.These tests can then be used to determine possible areas of interest with regard to vocation. In addition the psychologist can help the individual prepare and create an action plan for moving/transitioning to a new vocation or level of work.
An accurate identification of an addiction, it's extent, and co-occurring conditions impacts a treatment plan. Treatment options for Substance Abuse problems vary, and range from individual or outpatient therapy to group or inpatient treatment. In order to decide what approach to use, it is necessary to provide or clarify the substance use related diagnosis. Then, an appropriate treatment plan can be constructed in order to reduce associated harm or to abstain from substance abuse. Also, psychological assessments can be useful in assessing if the current treatment has been effective or if further treatment is required. Substance abuse assessment may be requested by empoyers, treating professionals, or the courts.
Functioning AssessmentsPsychological Assessments may be conducted for many different purposes. A wide variety of assessments can be provided, alone or in combination. In general, each category of assessment will consist of a detailed clinical interview and a standard test battery. All assessments will be structured to the individual needs of the client. The structure of the assessment will determine the final cost of the assessment.The following is a list of the most common Specialized Clinical Assessment Services offered by ARCH. For more information about other Clinical Assessment Services please contact our office staff.