Comprehensive Assessment. Advanced Understanding.
The more we know about a client’s mental health, the more we can help them. Our doctoral-level clinicians offer valuable perspectives and expertise using the latest tools, methodologies, and research in psychological testing. Scroll to learn more.
Director of Assessment Center
Each assessment is tailored to the individual and includes a full psychological interview, including a psychosocial history, medication and drug history, developmental history, and educational and vocational history. All assessment results are thoroughly explored in direct feedback sessions with clients, their families, and referring clinicians. Our assessments include:
Neuropsychological evaluations are used to evaluate the relationship between brain function and behavior. Learn More
A psychoeducational evaluation provides a comprehensive understanding of a child or adolescent’s functioning in relation to their academic development, including learning. Learn More
A comprehensive understanding of an individual’s emotional, behavioral, and personality functioning is provided through a psychological assessment. Learn More
A multidisciplinary evaluation is the most comprehensive assessment we offer, as it integrates neuropsychological and psychological testing with a psychiatric evaluation. Learn More
A vocational assessment is useful in assisting clients in finding suitable career paths through a comprehensive measurement of cognitive, personality, and work indicators. Learn More
PCH Assessment Center provides a tailored assessment focused on screening for attention capacity in order to confirm or deny a diagnosis of ADHD. Learn More
What We Evaluate
- Anxiety Disorders
- Personality Issues
- Mood Disorders
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Thought Disorders
- Language and Communication Issues
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
- Substance Use Disorders
- Complex and Developmental Trauma
- Executive Functioning Deficits
- Learning Disorders
- Medical and Developmental Issues that Impact Cognition
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Complex Psychiatric and Psychological Presentations
1. Comprehensive Consultation
At PCH Assessment Center, we begin every evaluation process with a client consultation, as well as collaboration with family members and referral sources as indicated. After gathering information around circumstances leading to the assessment referral, the team will determine what type of assessment is indicated. The PCH Assessment Center will develop an individualized assessment, tailoring the testing process to presenting issues and the client’s needs. The team maintains an extensive inventory of assessment measures, including the most widely used, reliable, and valid testing materials.
2. Personalized Testing
The first phase of the assessment will include a comprehensive psychosocial interview with the client and administration of assessment measures. The administration phase takes place over several days, with each session ranging between two to four hours of testing. Our most comprehensive assessment typically requires between 12 to 15 hours of face-to-face sessions, while abbreviated evaluations may only require 5 to 6 hours. The PCH Assessment Center will provide the client with more information about scheduling at the time of the referral.
Once testing is complete, the evaluator will independently review and interpret information gathered through the assessment and obtain a consultation from the PCH Assessment Center team. During the scoring and interpretation phase, collateral consultations with relevant parties and a review of records will also be conducted.
4. Therapuetic Feedback
The assessment process concludes with a therapeutic feedback session, which allows the evaluator to share results of the assessment with the client, along with clinical impressions and recommendations. During the feedback session, family members and treatment providers may also be present if clinically indicated. The results of the assessment are also compiled in a comprehensive written report that will be disseminated to the client, family, treatment providers, medical professionals, and/or schools as needed.
The PCH Assessment Center team will continue to be available for consultation after the assessment is complete, as well as to offer assistance in implementing recommendations. PCH Assessment Center has access to a wide range of referral sources within the community, including clinicians, residential treatment facilities, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, living situations, medical and neurological providers, and more.
How do I determine which type of assessment is needed?
Will the evaluator review my records during the assessment?
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What does a typical assessment measure?
- Cognitive and intellectual ability
- Academic achievement
- Attention capacity and executive functioning skills
- Memory and learning
- Auditory processing
- Developmental functioning and adaptive skills
- Vocational interests
- Social, emotional, behavioral and personality functioning
- Substance use
- Thought process
- Coping capacity
How can a comprehensive assessment be helpful?
- Provide diagnostic clarification and identify barriers to treatment
- Identify underlying neuropsychological problems, such as attention, executive function, learning, or memory
- Evaluate functioning in response to medical or neurological conditions, including a history of traumatic brain injury or concussions
- Determine the impact of substance abuse on brain function
- Assess intellectual functioning, including evaluations for giftedness or intellectual disability
- Identify an underlying learning disorder that may be contributing to academic or vocational challenges
- Assess emotional functioning, coping capacity, thought process, and personality styles
- Provide an understanding of developmental and adaptive functioning
- Assist in identifying vocational pursuits consistent with areas of ability and interest
- Provide recommendations for treatment and additional resources within the community