Types of assessment

There are many types of assessments that may be appropriate and beneficial to you in addressing your difficulties,. Here is a brief description of the different types of assessments we provide. 

Diagnostic assessments.  The purpose of diagnostic assessments is to determine the type and the severity of the symptoms that you are experiencing. Determining the type and severity of symptoms helps in deciding what kind of treatment will be beneficial. Diagnostic assessments are also important in establishing a baseline or snapshot of how you are doing prior to treatment in order to determine if treatment is effective. Typically diagnostic assessments include both self-report questionnaires, as well as a semi-structured interview with your clinician.  Diagnostic assessments are used to make or clarify a diagnosis.  

Psychoeducational assessments.  The purpose of psychoeducational assessments is to determine the nature and degree of a person's academic abilities, academic strengths and difficulties, as well as their learning styles. Psychoeducational assessments can be used to determine the grade level at which a child or young person is functioning or their level of academic achievement.

Intellectual assessments.  The purpose of an intellectual assessment is to determine an individual's level of intellectual functioning (i.e., IQ) and ascertain his or her intellectual abilities and weaknesses. Intellectual assessments are conducted by administering an IQ test, such as the WISC or WAIS.  They are also used to identify a range of learning difficulties and developmental delays. 

Assessing giftedness. Gifted assessments are usually done in order to determine whether or not a child or young person has the intellectual ability to qualify for an application into a giftedness program and whether or not the child or young person would benefit from an enriched learning environment in order to success at school.  

Functional assessments. The purpose of a functional assessment is to determine the degree to which an individual is able to complete a range of activities at home or work. Functional assessments are used for a variety of purposes, include determining whether an employee is ready to return to work, the appropriateness of a certain job, or whether or not an employee is able to successfully execute certain activities or tasks while on the job.  Functional assessments are also used to determine the impact of accidents (e.g., motor vehicle accidents, workplace related accidents). 

What to expect. As part of your assessment, you will be asked to complete some questionnaires and checklists. Questionnaires and surveys are important tools used to understand the degree of your difficulties (i.e., are the mild, moderate and severe), as well as to monitor and track your progress through treatment if required. However, results of surveys and questionnaires are always supplemented with the information gathered through a structured clinical interview, designed to methodically assess a number of relevant domains of well-being, functioning and clinical symptoms.

Baseline assessments. The purpose of a baseline assessment is to determine how you are doing prior to starting treatment. We offer clients the opportunity to complete a baseline assessment that is both confidential and anonymous while being conducted over a secure website.  For more information about the baseline assessment, click here.  

Ongoing assessment. Monitoring your level of difficulty weekly is an important part of maximizing the benefit of treatment. Completing a checklist of difficulties and symptoms each week will provide me with objective information on how you are doing and will enable you to play an active role in managing your treatment.