PSYCHOLOGICAL, NEUROPSYCHOLOGICAL, AND PSYCHOEDUCATIONAL ASSESSMENT
Psychological assessment is a powerful tool in gaining a deeper understanding of the challenges people face in today’s world. The staff at Portneuf Valley Family Center provides scientifically-grounded and culturally-responsive psychological evaluation services, using a collaborative approach to meet the needs of individuals in eastern Idaho. By offering insight into an individual’s ability to function across settings, we are able to highlight attributes to promote success while identifying areas of concern that may require intervention.
Assessment involves administering and interpreting psychological tests and integrating the results with current and past symptoms, observations, and information about developmental, biological, social, educational, and life experiences. Portneuf Valley Family Center uses psychological testing that is objective and standardized specifically for use with preschoolers, school-age children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly.
Psychological tests cover a wide range of issues, including early childhood development, intelligence, academic achievement, personality, and cognition and memory. Some tests require face-to-face meetings while others are computerized or questionnaire-based.
This type of evaluation helps in the identification and diagnosis of distress and impairment in thinking, emotions, and behavior. In addition, assessments of personality characteristics, adjustment, and functioning in multiple life areas help create an integrated view of their strengths and areas of concern. These assessments also assist in establishing an effective treatment plan for managing symptoms and improving quality of life.
Evaluation of neuropsychological functioning is sometimes needed for diagnostic reasons, determinations of impairment from illness or injury, and in the event of changes or concerns about functioning or competency. This type of assessment is often sensitive at identifying neurological illness or disturbances in neurological status such as neurodevelopmental disorders, traumatic brain injury, stroke, or dementia. Neuropsychological testing also assists in understanding the cognitive, behavioral, emotional, and functional impact of findings from medical neurological tests.
Psychoeducational assessments provide estimates of a person’s intellectual (cognitive) abilities and educational achievement levels. While learning (rather than emotional problems) is the focus of this type of assessment, behavior/emotional and medical issues may need to be addressed in evaluation to assist in educational and other relevant recommendations.