Psychological Assessment Services
A psychological assessment may be conducted for a wide variety of purposes and our psychologists are qualified and experienced in conducting psychological assessments for many different reasons.
What is Psychological Assessment?
A psychological assessment is used to gather information in order to answer a particular question about an individual, couple, or group's psychological functioning. The nature of the question will determine the type of assessment undertaken. For example, when a school wants to know a child's intellectual ability in order to determine how to support that child's learning, a cognitive assessment may be administered in order to provide this information and to make recommendations to the school. Psychological assessments may gather information about how a person thinks, feels, and behaves. These assessments may include an interview of the individual being assessed, observations, collateral information from others, and formal psychometric measures that are administered, scored and interpreted by appropriately trained psychologists.
Once the psychologist has obtained the relevant information, the psychologist then puts the information together and interprets the information in order to answer the questions being asked and to make recommendations. The psychologist's interpretations, conclusions and recommendations are provided in a comprehensive report.
Areas Generally Covered
Both children and adults can experience difficulties with attention for a wide range of reasons, including anxiety, trauma, or the presence of a disorder such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
An attention assessment can determine the underlying cause of attention difficulties and make recommendations for treatment.
Sunshine Coast Psychology Clinic psychologists have extensive experience in the assessment of autism and other developmental difficulties.
Where there are concerns about the presence of an Autism Spectrum Disorder, our psychologists can undertake an assessment and make recommendations as to whether it is likely that an individual meets criteria for diagnosis.
SCPC psychologists have experience in the use of gold standard assessment tools, including the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) and the Childhood Autism Rating Scale, Second Edition (CARS-2).
This type of assessment is undertaken when an individual is behaving in unhelpful or dangerous ways and recommendations for changing those behaviours are required.
Behavioural assessments are often undertaken with children, people with disabilities, or geriatric patients, but may be undertaken with anyone.
A behavioural assessment would typically include an interview with the individual, interviews with those with whom the individual has regular contact, and observations. The aim is to make practical recommendations for behaviour change.
Cognitive assessments are used to determine an individual's intellectual ability and/or achievement. These assessments are often used to determine whether a person needs additional educational supports and/or whether a learning disorder is present. This typically involves an interview with the individual and important others and psychometric testing in the form of a series of tasks. We offer assessment using gold standard measures, including the Wechsler Intelligence Scales for Children, 5th Edition (WISC-V) and the Weschler Adult Intelligence Scales (WAIS).
Comprehensive Psychological Assessment
A comprehensive psychological assessment may be undertaken for a wide range of purposes and may include interviews and a variety of psychological tests. The psychologist can determine whether a person is experiencing a mental health disorder and make recommendations for a treatment plan.
Drug and Alcohol Assessment
The purpose of a drug and alcohol assessment is to determine whether an individual is experiencing a substance use disorder and, if so, to make recommendations for treatment. Often, an employer will require an employee to undergo such an assessment if the employee has returned a positive drug or alcohol screening test.
Fitness for Duty
Employers request fitness for duty assessments for employees for a wide range of reasons. The psychologist undertakes assessment with an individual to determine whether that individual has the capacity to appropriately manage the responsibilities of his or her employment and to make recommendations in that regard.
Individuals may be interested in vocational testing to determine their suitability for a number of potential career paths. This type of assessment combines personality and aptitude tests in order to determine an individual's learning ability, skills, personal attributes and how these fit with several different careers.