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Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology

Widener University

 
 

 

Services

 

Evaluations/Assessments

A distinctive feature of evaluations performed at the Neuropsychological Assessment Center is that they are holistic. Rather than focusing on a single psychological system such as perception or cognition, the assessors comprehensively address the multiple systems that operate in the psychological life of the individual and consider them in an integrative way. For example, the assessors consider how anxiety or depression might be affecting the cognition of an individual who recently sustained a brain injury.

An assessment at the Neuropsychology Assessment Center engages the individual as an active participant in shaping the referral questions. He or she has an opportunity to have all of his or her questions and concerns about psychological assessments addressed. As feedback is an important part of any psychological assessment, the assessment participant will be invited to share his or her ongoing reactions to the assessment experience.

The assessor will also provide feedback to the individual about the issue being addressed. Although some feedback will be given during the course of the assessment; following the evaluation, a written report is provided, in addition to extensive verbal feedback on the findings as well as an opportunity to address any questions.

 

How We Complete an Assessment:

We find out what you hope to learn from the assessment. Then we obtain a complete history via a clinical interview and completion of
questionnaires. This includes information about birth, development, and family, medical, and educational/work histories. We also review records from previous evaluations and gather all relevant medical and educational information.

We obtain as much information as possible about how the individual functions in his or her natural setting. For example, when assessing a child, we try to observe the child in school and ask teachers to complete behavior rating scales. When evaluating an adult, we obtain permission to interview other family members and talk to colleagues or supervisors who are familiar with the adult.

Next, we have the individual come into our office for the assessment. Typically, this takes place over the course of one full day or two half-day sessions, with breaks as needed.

Finally, we consolidate all of the information we have gathered into a comprehensive report and meet with you to discuss the results of the evaluation.

Help After the Assessment:

Upon completing your child’s assessment, we can help you work with your child’s school to consider and implement our recommendations.
We have considerable experience working with schools as members of school-based multidisciplinary teams.

Upon completion of an adult or geriatric assessment, and upon your written request, we will communicate the findings of the evaluation to the referring physician or other referral source to promote treatment planning.

As needed, we will work with you to provide appropriate referrals to other professionals, including speech therapists, occupational therapists, tutors, psychologists, and physicians.

After the evaluation has been completed, family members are often in search of information about the individual’s area of difficulty. We consider it
very important to help you identify resources such as books, websites, and support groups that are relevant to the problem.

Overall NAC provides treatment to assist individuals academically, emotionally, and socially who have been diagnosed with a neuropsychological condition.

 


 

 

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