- by interview – asking a string of questions about your issues
- by observations – of performance, behaviour or demeanour
- by collaboration – asking your boss, human resource management, teachers or parents for input with their observations
- by structured psychological tests – using testing kits to capture very specific information
What do psychological appraisals do?
Testing by a psychologist helps you to understand your abilities. They reference what an average person of the same age can do. This provides an easy way to understand a person’s skills and abilities. These assessments are often used to survey your needs in a particular setting.
Formal Measurements are often used by child psychologists. They provide developmental analysis to observe how a child develops over time. They are also used in disability assessment. They are used to assess a person’s change in functioning or ability over time. Most tests can be re-administered every 2 years. This provides an understanding of any changes that occur over time.
- educational evaluations
- gifted and talented screening
- learning disability assessments
- behavioural analysis
- accademic performance assessments
- adaptive psychological functioning
- intellectual assessments
- effect of accuired brain injury or neurodegenerative diseases
- capacity assessments
Other assessments available
- insurance claims
- legal matters
- family and community services matters
- workplace related issues
- screening for employers
- vocational assessments
Why are these tools important?
Using structured psychometric tools allows a psychologist to gather specific data. This can provide a very clear understanding of someone’s capacity or performance.
These assessments allow analysis as to what treatments or interventions are recommended. This allows you to be provided with the very best support for your unique and individual needs.
These structured tools are not always required but may be vital in your treatment.
What can I expect after booking?
The intake counsellor will book you in for a 1 hour pre-assessment interview. Then the psychologist will determine which of the above psychological measurements are needed. They will discuss expected costs and timeframes. The testing phase will usually take 2-4 hours (including report writing time) and ideally will be performed in one sitting.
The cost of assessment will be per hour.
Who is interested in these assessments?
The following third parties may have an interest in you having this test:
- Family and Community Services (FACS)
- medical specialists