Psychological assessments are a frequent request of Psychological Services at the Interprofessional Center. Assessments are requested from both external referral sources and internally from the IPC's Legal Services Clinic.
Requests for assessments may range from a simple screening to a comprehensive psychological report to be used for treatment plan development, vocational planning or for informing the Court.
When making a referral to the IPC careful consideration is given to the pertinent question(s) the referral source is seeking to answer. A psychological assessment may often involve the administration of a number of assessment instruments chosen specifically to respond to the reason for the referral. Psychological Services at the IPC has a range of assessment it can provide. Examples include (but are not limited to) the following:
- Comprehensive psychological assessment to determine best treatment options
- Geropsychological assessments for diagnosis of dementia and/or other clinicial disorders in the elderly
- PTSD assessments for treatment planning and possible Court use
- Vocational/career assessment for use by individuals in making occupational choices
- Assessments of general intellectual functioning
- An initial screen assessment to determine further specialized assessment needed; appropriate referrals are suggested in the assessment report
In general, a psychological or psycho-educational evaluation takes approximately four to six weeks to complete. It includes a clinical interview, administration of assessment tools, and completion of a comprehensive interpretive report of the results.