Psychological Evaluation & Testing
Psychological evaluations and testing are designed to help you, your child, or your client. The results of the will help inform treatment planning whether for physical, or psychological issue. Psychological tools are used to measure and observe behavior that will inform diagnosis and assist in guiding accurate treatment saving time, money, and creating better outcomes.
Psychologists administer tests and assessments for many reasons.
- Children who are having trouble at home or in school.
- Parents having difficulty parenting their children.
- Individuals having problems at work or school, or in personal relationships.
Evaluation and testing allows the underlying cause of a person’s problem to be understood more fully so that a correct diagnosis and treatment plan can be put into place. Psychological tests and assessments allow a psychologist to understand the nature of the problem, and to figure out the best way to go about addressing it.
Tests and evaluations are separate but related components of a psychological assessment. Both types of tools to help them arrive at a diagnosis and a treatment plan.
Testing involves the use of formal tests such as questionnaires or checklists. These are often described as “norm-referenced” tests. That simply means the tests have been standardized so that test-takers are evaluated in a similar way, no matter where they live or who administers the test.
A psychological evaluation can include numerous components such as norm-referenced psychological tests, informal tests and surveys, interview information, school or medical records, medical evaluation and observational data. A psychologist determines what information to use based on the specific questions being asked. Testing and evaluations allow a psychologist to see the full picture of a person’s strengths and limitations.
Dr. Ferrick specializes in comprehensive Psychological Evaluation and Testing. She will choose a set of assessment tools for each individual client. Testing and assessment process will help ensure that the you or your client can receive the treatment that’s tailored to his or her individual needs.
Contact Dr. Ferrick with you, your child. or your clients needs and she will develop a comprehensive and customized psychological evaluation and testing package to meet those needs.