What is a psychological assessment?
A psychological assessment is a type of evaluation process which helps to identify a person's psychological functioning, personality traits, and overall mental health. This assessment is typically conducted by a qualified mental health professional using tests, interviews, and other forms of assessment to build a comprehensive understanding of the individual. The results of a psychological assessment can be used to diagnose mental health conditions, inform treatment plans, and aid in making decisions about a person's suitability for particular roles or tasks.
Who can benefit from an assessment?
Anyone can potentially benefit from a psychological assessment, as it can provide insight into an individual's mental health and functioning. Psychological assessments can be useful in diagnosing mental health conditions, understanding the impact of past experiences and traumas, assessing the severity of symptoms, measuring progress in treatment, and more. They can be helpful for people of all ages, genders, and backgrounds, whether they are dealing with current mental health concerns or just looking to gain a better understanding of their overall psychological well-being.
What happens during an assessment?
An assessment typically involves a one-and-a-half-hour initial intake interview, four to six hours of testing, four hours of report writing, and a one-hour results meeting. Clients will also be provided with a number of questionnaires to complete at home. These may also be sent to teachers or other family members if needed. Testing is typically spread over numerous days, depending on the age and needs of the client.
Psychoeducational assessments are billed at the hourly rate of $220/hour and typically cost between $2200 and $2800. Other assessments, like those required for PUF or PDD funding cost less depending on what is required.