What is Psychological Testing?

  • Cognitive Testing:  IQ and Achievement testing to determine the strengths and weaknesses of a persons thinking. General assessment, domains include: general awareness, attention, verbal comprehension, visual-spatial ability, computation, abstract thought, impulsivity, problem solving, social comprehension, and judgment. Rule out gross learning disabilities. (Possible Tests: WAIS, WISC, WJ-III, SB-3, WIAT, WRAT)
  • Emotional:  Assess emotional functioning and assess for depression, anxiety, deficits in identity formation, obsessive/compulsive disorders, and sleep disorders. Assess personality functioning. Obtain data regarding developmental and emotional age. Obtain data regarding family dynamics.  (Possible Tests: MMPI, MACI, MCMI, BDI, Rorschach)
  • Behavioral:  Evaluate substance abuse. Evaluate for trauma and abuse. Evaluate for risk of self-harm, aggression, and treatment compliance or flight. Detect malingering, deceit, and exaggeration. Screen for behaviors that are high risk, illegal, or violate the rights of others or major social values including substance abuse. Rule out thought disorders and screen for organic impairment. (Possible Tests: Achenbach, BASC, Vanderbilt, other rating forms)
  • Neuropsychological: Evaluates neurodevelopmental conditions such as ADHD, Autism, Concussion, and other learning disorders. Domains include: attention, memory, language, visual-spatial functioning, and executive functioning. It is a much more sophisticated level of understanding for clients that need it.