This is the first meeting an individual has with a mental health practitioner. The evaluation is aimed at gathering information about the individual in order to form a diagnosis and a treatment plan.
Psychiatric Independent Evaluations (IME) are psychiatric evaluations that are requested for legal purposes when an individual is claiming mental health injury as part of an event.
This type of testing involves a series of paper and pencil as well as computerized assessments that help psychologists understand a person’s cognitive and emotional functioning. These series of tests can be customized to specific issues with which an individual may present.
Theses are evaluations that have been requested for legal purposes and involve psychological testing that is completed by an individual claiming mental health symptoms as a result of an event.
Formerly called Custody Evaluations, these evaluations are completed by psychologists in order to help the court answer important questions about children when parents cannot agree. This evaluation takes place during divorce proceedings or after divorce if conflict remains an issue. The court may ask the psychologist to answer questions regarding time sharing, and custody arrangements that are in the best interest of the child or children.
Pain management evaluations are assessments that are performed specific to an individual’s pain condition and may be requested by an individual’s physician or insurance company prior to a surgical or invasive procedure.
Psychoeducational history is gathered and tests are completed with the goal of helping the individual (usually a child or adolescent) understand cognitive and learning strengths and weaknesses. Typically, assessment results and recommendations are shared with the individual’s school or work in order to help with accommodations for learning or cognitive issues.
Neuropsychological testing is a specialized form of psychological testing that is used to identify cognitive and emotional symptoms that may have a neurologic origin. Common referrals are for ADHD, Dyslexia, Autism-Spectrum, Nonverbal Learning Disorder, alcohol or drug-related damage, traumatic brain injury, stroke, dementias and other memory problems.
Evaluations where psychologists and psychiatrists are asked to assess human behavior within the context of the legal system. This is a broad category of assessment and can include testing, extensive interviewing, records review and consultation with mental health and legal practitioners. Referrals for such evaluations can involve civil, administrative, or criminal branches of the law.
Psychiatrists and nurse practitioners work with you to determine if a medication that is capable of affecting emotions and behaviors can help with your symptoms.
Psychologists will use psychological methods that involve regular meetings to treat mental health symptoms and improve your coping. Most often these methods include discussing and processing your issues with the psychologist as he or she guides you toward solutions and improve quality of life.
Psychologist use psychological methods to work with a couple or families members in order to help resolve conflict, improve communications and coping within the family unit. Often this type of treatment involves regular sessions with a focus on the family functioning.
Psychologists use psychological methods within a group context of individuals who share similar problems or treatment goals.. This treatment often involves a set number of group meetings, facilitated by the clinician with certain goals or objectives in mind. The length of the sessions and the duration of the group meetings is predetermined by the facilitator.