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Psychological Assessment

Psychological assessment is the specialised application of psychological methods to understand the mind and behaviour. Such assessments are useful in making decisions in many domains of life including in for educational, occupational, legal and relationship domains. We offer a vast number of types of assessment and have gold standard assessments for intelligence, memory, executive functioning, personality, and clinical disorders.At Sydney Clinical Psychologist Centre we administer a wide range of assessments that can assist in making decisions for educational purposes. For example our psychological assessments can help in identifying students who may require assistance or tutoring in specific domains or if a student qualifies for special needs classes, or help to identify behavioural problems that may interfere with a student’s academic progress. We can also identify students who qualify for gifted and talented programs.Psychological assessment can also assist in occupational decision making including determining fitness for work and suitable duties, cognitive capacity for a particular role, and the personal suitability for particular roles. This includes assessments to determine the presence or absence of mental disorder that may impact on occupational functioning, motivational factors that are playing a role in a person’s recovery from injury, and treatment planning. We can provide comprehensive assessments of cognitive functioning that can allow a prospective employer to determine if a potential employee has the capacity to perform intellectually demanding roles and this can be useful to distinguish between candidates in high performance positions. We also offer specific role assessments including fitness to carry firearms, suitability for working in dangerous environments, and assessing for personality factors that may impact on an employee’s suitability for a given role including assessing for psychological hardiness in occupations where there is a high risk for physical and psychological injury.

Our clinical psychologists frequently provide psychological assessments for use in legal determinations including in criminal and forensic matters, personal injury matters, and in family court determinations. We have clinical psychologists we have testified in Magistrates, District and Supreme Courts in New South Wales, Victoria and Australian Capital Territory. We have clinical psychologists trained in the assessment of permanent impairment including the APS Working Party method, the Motor Accident Authority and WorkCover methods (Psychiatric Impairment Rating Scale) and the American Medical Association Guides to the Assessment of Permanent Impairment 4th and 5th Editions for Mental and Behavioral Disorders and also Nervous System impairment.

Psychological assessment can also be useful in making determinations about the viability of a relationship and to develop strategies for managing pitfalls in relationships. We can provide pre-marital assessments that are useful in determining strengths and weaknesses in a relationship and to develop strategies to build the strengths and ameliorate the weaknesses.

Psychological factors are also important in adjustment to medical procedures and interventions. For example we are able to provide assessments that can identify likely maladjustment to lap band surgery and back surgery and provide psychological interventions to increase the likelihood of a positive outcome.
Psychological Assessment is the application of psychological measurements to understand a person. Unlike human attributes like height or weight, the things being measured by psychologists are not easily seen. For example the mind cannot be seen or observed, yet the properties of the mind can be measured by comparing their performance on behavioural tasks, preferences, and patterns of responding on other tasks. We can assess intelligence, memory, executive functioning, personality, clinical disorders, and motivational factors as part of our psychological assessments.

The comprehensive and accurate assessment of intelligence requires the administration of a standardized test battery. While we have a number of brief measures that can be used to estimate intelligence, we have the following comprehensive test batteries available to assess intelligence across the human lifespan:

  • Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence-III (WPPSI-III)
  • Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children-IV (WISC-IV)
  • Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale III (WAIS-III)
  • Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale IV (WAIS-IV)
  • Standford-Binet Intelligence Scales- Fifth Edition (SB5)

We have a large number of specific memory tests that we use in our psychological assessments, we have the following comprehensive memory test batteries that we use:

  • Wechsler Memory Scale-III (WMS-III)
  • Wechsler Memory Scale-IV (WMS-IV)

We typically use the Delis-Kaplan Executive Function System to assess executive functioning in a comprehensive psychological assessment, but we also have a large number of other measures.

We have the following personality assessment inventories which we use in our psychological assessments:

  • Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory -2 (MMPI-2)
  • Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory -2-Restructured Format (MMPI-2-RF)
  • Millon ClinicalMultiaxial Inventory –III (MCMI-III)
  • Personality Assessment Inventory (PAI)

We have numerous methods available for assessing motivational like feigning and malingering including the TOMM and SIRS-2 and other scientifically validated, rigorous assessment tools.

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