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Assessment Services

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Common Reasons for an Assessment
Types of Assessments
How do I arrange for an Assessment?
What is involved in an assessment?
Next Steps Following an Assessment


Common Reasons for an Assessment:

People seek out assessment services for a variety of reasons. You may be struggling with some aspect of your life and would like to understand why and what you can do about it. A loved one or friend may have suggested you seek services to find answers to your struggles. A teacher, family doctor or specialist may have recommended that you or your child get tested for a suspected learning disability.

At Turning Corners Psychological Services we offer a variety of assessment options to help our clients come to better understand and better describe their lives or the lives of their children. The goals of an assessment are to identify strengths and areas of need to help our clients live happier lives and offer recommendations that will foster growth, self-acceptance and self-improvement.


Types of Assessments:

The following types of assessments are offered at Turning Corners:

Comprehensive Diagnostic
Psychosocial and Emotional
Psychoeducational
Needs and Strengths
Risk and Safety Determination
Behavioural
Personality
Family Functioning
Parenting


How do I arrange for an assessment?

Clients can self-refer by contacting the practice. There is no need for a physician referral to our practice although obtaining a referral may be needed by clients with extended health coverage.


What is involved in an assessment?

An assessment can be an intimidating process, so much so that people sometimes delay seeking services because of concerns about being “evaluated” or “judged.” At Turning Corners Psychological Services our providers will treat you with respect, warmth, compassion and professionalism.

Based on the reason for the assessment, the clinician’s judgment and your comfort level, an assessment can involve gathering information from multiple sources and in various different ways. Some examples of this can include:

Clinical interviews
Behavioural observations
Review of past reports
School records review
Administration of specific test batteries
Surveys
Psychometric measures
Projective measures
Personality inventories

All information gathered is used integratively to conceptualize cases, formulate diagnoses when necessary and develop recommendations, treatment plans and feedback.


Next Steps Following an Assessment

Once an assessment is completed you will be provided with recommendations. Depending on the type of assessment this can include:

Recommended readings
Contacts for additional services
Suggested accommodations for school or work
Skills development
Therapeutic approach
Treatment options

If therapy/treatment is recommended to you or you plan to participate in an assessment with the intention of continuing into treatment, learn more about the therapy/treatment services offered at Turning Corners Psychological Services by clicking on the button below.