The informaiton collected as part of a psychological assessment is obtained by:
- Reviewing existing health or medical records
- Completion of psychometric testing (i.e., validated self-report questionnaires and symptom inventories)
- Conducting detailed clinical interviews (with individual clients, parents, caregivers, or other involved individuals)
The outcome of a psychological assessment may be the preparation of a report. This document summarizes the information collected as part of the assessment process, and communicates a conceptualization of how the puzzle pieces fit together. This may include the communication of diagnoses of current and ongoing mental health difficulties, and a description of recommended treatments and/or supports. Assessment reports can be shared with individual clients or involved caregivers (e.g., parents), other health care providers (e.g., family doctors), with the client’s informed consent.
Psychological assessments are sometimes requested in the workplace or disability contexts. In such cases, third party insurance companies (e.g., private insurance company; WSIB) may request that individuals undergo a psychological assessment to determine a worker’s safety and ability to continue working in a safe manner, or to adjudicate a short or long-term disability claim. The completion of a psychological assessment may be a necessary step in the process to access financial or healthcare benefits.
Please contact Dr. Coons with any questions or to set up an appointment.