PCH Treatment Center has as stand-alone Psychological Assessment Clinic which offers comprehensive and targeted assessments for a variety of psychological and neuropsychological conditions and diagnoses. Dr. John Grienenberger and Dr. Sandra Sarnoff, co-directors of the assessment clinic, have extensive experience in psychological testing and interpretation. Each evaluation utilizes qualitative and quantitative measures resulting in the most thorough evaluation available with recommendations and referrals for treatment. Assessments are individualized for each client and take into consideration their psychosocial history, medical history and status, psychiatric and treatment history, and relevant questions that need to be answered. Assessment opportunities are open to participants of our programs as well as individuals with diagnostic problems or families trying to determine what type of program would be the most beneficial to meeting their loved one’s needs.
Neuropsychological as well as personality and psychoeducational assessments are offered. A comprehensive neuropsychological assessment includes evaluation of cognitive/intellectual functioning, executive functioning, attention/concentration, motor and perceptual functioning, language, learning, memory and emotional/personality function. Academic functioning or achievement can also be included with this battery.
Who should consider having a neuropsychological evaluation?
Neuropsychological evaluations are indicated for individuals who have suffered from some type of brain injury, such as:
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI) and concussions. These can occur during incidents where there is a blow or traumatic injury to the head as a result of falls, sports, sports accidents, motor vehicle accidents, and assaults.
- Medical disease can also cause decreased mental functioning. Infections such as meningitis, encephalitis and septicemia can impact mental functioning as can breathing conditions (hypoxia, hypercapnia), cardiovascular difficulties (such as strokes, brain injury due to high blood pressure, or dementia due to many strokes). In addition to degenerative disorders including Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, Huntington’s disease, and Alzheimer’s disease, asthma and diabetes can lead to loss of functioning.
Additional applications of neuropsychological evaluations include individuals who have the following history:
- Substance abuse. Abusing substances can damage brain functioning and neuropsychological tests can specify the type of cognitive damage.
- Learning disabilities. Neuropsychological testing can ascertain the presence of a specific learning disability, and distinguish between a learning disability, ADD/ADHD, and emotional disturbances. Presence of a specific disability may help an individual qualify for accommodations during school, or when taking college entrance exams.
- Treatment resistant clients. Neuropsychological testing may be beneficial for individuals who have received treatment and have not seen improvement. Testing may reveal an underlying neurological issue that may be impeding the therapeutic progress.
What is a psychological evaluation?
A psychological evaluation is necessary to diagnose a number of emotional and behavioral disorders. Testing provides information about cognitive abilities, social/emotional traits, personality and coping.
Who should consider a psychological evaluation?
- Individuals who have personality disorders. Personality disorders are characterized by long-lasting rigid patterns of thought and behavior. Such patterns are inflexible and pervasive, causing impairment in functioning.
- Complicated treatment issues. Often individuals can have compounding factors in their history that present as therapeutically complicated. Psychological testing can help understand the effects of complicated treatment issues, such as, dysfunctional family environments, difficult living situations, history of trauma and abuse, and how these events have impacted the individual.
- Dual diagnosis. Dual diagnosis is used to describe a comorbid condition where an individual has a mental disorder and a substance abuse problem.
- Medication issues. Psychological evaluation can be helpful for individuals who are not being helped by their psychiatric medication. Testing can assist psychiatrists in finding more effective combinations of medication to maximize effectiveness.
- Evaluation of psychosis. Psychiatric evaluation can help diagnose any underlying psychosis.
What can your testing results tell you?
- Establish or clarify a diagnosis and assist in differential diagnosis
- Identify weakness in a specific area
- Establish a baseline and compare to changes as a result of therapeutic interventions.
- Testing can be used for treatment planning and assist the multidisciplinary team in managing care.
What makes the PCH Treatment Center Assessment Clinic unique?
- Doctoral level psychologists and board-certified psychiatrists.
- A unique integration of psychiatry, medicine and psychology.
- Each assessment is custom-tailored to the Client’s needs based on referral information, symptoms, previous treatment history, medical history, developmental history and more.
- We utilize state of the art testing materials and resources.
- We are experts at solving difficult diagnostic problems.
- At the conclusion of the assessment, Clients, family and referring clinicians will receive an in-depth explanation of test results, diagnoses, and recommendations for treatment (when indicated)
- We offer a referral service based on our relationships throughout the psychological and psychiatric treatment communities.
- Full Neuropsychological and Psychological Assessment
- Psychological Assessment
- Psychiatric Evaluation
- Vocational Assessment
- Learning Disability/Attention Deficit Disorder/ADHD Assessment