Psychological Assessments at Yarra Valley
Psychological assessments are performed when a social, emotional, learning, or behavioural concern is noticed and the cause, impact and/or recommendations are needed. The problem(s) can appear in many realms including inappropriate behaviour, mood states that are interfering with functioning, a change from previous functioning, and/or an inability to perform up to expected standards. Psychological tests are tools that have been an integral part of the profession of psychology since it’s beginning. Psychological tests are used to assess various aspects of an individual such as their intellect, developmental level, learning abilities, personality, memory and neuropsychological domains.
Some assessments will include tests related to mental health in combinations with clinical interviews and possibly observations, to assess specific disorders, such as depression and anxiety. Carrying out a psychological assessment helps the clinician arrive at an accurate diagnosis, aid in treatment planning and ensure post treatment evaluation. While it has several benefits for clinicians to aid in treatment planning, for patients it serves as feedback about areas of their strengths and deficits. This gives patients a better insight about areas of potential and areas that have scope for improvement.
Psychological Testing Services Provided at YVP
- Learning Disability
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
- Neuropsychological Assessments
All of these assessments can be obtained for children, adolescents, young adults, and adults.
It depends on the test and area of assessment. Some short tests may take only twenty minutes. Assessments covering a number of domains and that involve the writing of a psycho-legal report may be conducted over many sessions to ensure accuracy and thoroughness.
The process includes:
- An intake interview to discuss the reason for referral and to plan the assessment
- Three to six sessions (about 1 ½ to 2 hours each) to complete testing, scoring and interpretation of the findings, and compiling the results
- A feedback interview with the client and/or family, and feedback to others at the client’s request
- A written report summarising the assessment, its findings and recommendations
If you are calling to schedule an appointment for Psychological testing, we will be asking you questions to discern the purpose of the testing. This will ensure we are helping to set you up with the appropriate Psychologist in our clinic who has expertise in the area you are looking to assess. At times, we may have the Psychologist speak directly with you to gather more information and ensure that you are comfortable with the person doing the testing.
Intelligence Testing for Adults
By carrying out a standardised test of intelligence, the psychologist can gather information on the individuals intellectual functioning, thinking, reasoning and social skills. The WAIS IV is a test for older adolescents and adults within the range of 16-90 years. It provides an estimate of overall intellectual functioning as well as domain wise performance.
The session begins with an interview with the client to help understand the referral question better. Once that is ascertained, the entire assessment can take up to two hours per patient. A report is then generated and the patient is called back for feedback at a later date.
- Intake session with intake staff over the phone
- Assessment interview to determine the referral question
- Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS) administration
- WAIS Scoring and Interpretation Report
- Feedback session with a registered psychologist
Intelligence & Developmental Testing
Weschler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence IV (WPPSI IV) is used for young children in the age range of 2 years 6 months to 7 years 7 months. It is administered using the Q interactive software.
The Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children V (WISC V) was released recently and is now available at our centre. The test is used for children in the age range of 6 years to 16 years 11 months. It is administered using the digital Q interactive software making it more user friendly for both the patient and the clinician. The assessment begins with an interview to generate more information about the patient followed by the assessment and feedback once its carried out.
- Intake interview
- WISC V assessment
- Scoring, interpretation and report writing
- Feedback session with a registered psychologist.
Learning Disability Assessments
Quite a few children will experience problems with learning. Not only children but adults may also struggle with difficulties in reading, writing, spelling or math’s. These problems in learning cannot be explained by low intellectual ability or by a person’s lack of education, or visual or hearing impairments. Each individual experiencing a learning disability is unique and will present with varying degrees of difficulty. To assess these difficulties we administer a standardised test such as the Wechsler Individual Achievement Test. The test is used for the age range of 4 years- 19 years 11 months and provides information regarding the individual’s strength and weaknesses in the academic domains of reading, writing and arithmetic. The session begins with an interview and the assessment can take up to two hours.
- Intake interview with the psychologist
- Wechsler Individual Achievement Test (WIAT) administration
- WIAT scoring, interpretation and report writing
- Feedback session with registered psychologist
The Wechsler Memory Scale is used as a measure of memory. It is used to assess Dementia in geriatric patients, brain dysfunction in adults, and for medico-legal evaluations and psycho-educational evaluation of adolescents and adults. It can be used for the age range of 16 to 90 years 11 months.
At YVP we use the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) to assess individuals suspected of having Autism or other developmental disorders. It is a standardised assessment of communication, social interaction, play and restricted/repetitive behaviours. This assessment is appropriate for children and adults of differing levels of development, from 1 year of age.
*Individuals must be referred by a paediatrician or psychiatrist.
At YVP, we carry out the Personality Assessment Inventory to ascertain aspects of an individual’s personality and current functioning that may potentially interfere with effective functioning. This helps in arriving at a diagnosis, effective treatment planning and follow up.