Psychological Assessment Report
HUM Psychology provides psychological assessments for individuals involved in legal matters or requiring a formal report. The purpose of a psychological assessment is to obtain information from the client about his or her abilities and attributes, state of mind, and current level of function. The psychologist uses this information to develop an understanding of the client's condition that is then documented within the report. Reports may be brief (usually 1-2 pages) or extended (usually 5-6 pages) and will depend on the reason for conducting a psychological assessment and preparing the report.
The psychological assessment will generally involve two phases of assessment comprising a face-to-face interview and psychological testing, using the latest psychological assessment measures.
The interview will gather information about the client's background, schooling, work history, interests and activities, health, family situation and so on. The testing will generate a range of significant information about the client's skills, abilities, interests and attitudes. Together, the information gathered by the psychologist will tell a lot about the client and measure a wide range of personal attributes, including:
- personality type
- the overall level of intellectual ability
- specific cognitive and memory abilities
- social functioning skills
- vocational suitability, and
- any problems with substances, depression or anxiety, eating disorders, family issues, etc.
A psychological assessment is suitable for anyone who has been identified as having special intellectual abilities or disabilities, and in cases where a disorder warranting expert assessment is suspected.
The assessment process is not stressful or demanding for the client, and no special preparation is necessary. Where appropriate, the client may benefit from thinking beforehand about the issues he or she wants to discuss and explore with the psychologist. The interview takes about 60 to 120 minutes. Testing can be conducted during the same visit or at another time and in some cases may take up to 2-3 hours. The psychologist will explain the results of the tests to the client, in easily understood terms, and will discuss the resulting report.
Information gathered from psychological assessments is kept strictly confidential. At no time will information be released to third parties without the client's permission (although there are some very rare exceptions to this rule, as required by law).
If you are interested in obtaining a psychological assessment and/or report please make an appointment with the HUM Psychologist by telephoning 0423 428 885.