Psychological Evaluations

Our staff members are experts in psychological assessment and can develop individualized testing batteries on a case-by-case basis.

When Testing is Appropriate:

  • Concerns about mental, emotional or psychological disorders
  • Concerns about an organic disorder or a cognitive functioning
  • To identify factors impeding treatment progress
  • When questions remain after a less comprehensive evaluation has been complete

Therapeutic Benefits of Evaluations:

  • Better understanding and opportunity for feedback
  • Specific treatment targets or factors can be identified and recommendations can be made
  • Predict treatment prognosis

Types of Evaluations Offered:

  • Full Psychological Batteries:
    • Clients may be referred for full psychological batteries to determine cognitive, personality, and relationship functioning as well as for diagnostic clarification. We are able to use a variety of psychological instruments including, but not limited to:
      • Cognitive Tests – Measures IQ, intellectual function, verbal, perceptual and memory function, and ability to learn new information (WAIS-IV, WMS-III, WISC-IV, WRAT-IV, SILS)
      • Objective Personality Tests – Measures aspects of personality in the client’s awareness. Also measures adjustment, temperament, traits and psychiatric variables. (MMPI-2, MCMI-III, MMPI-A, MACI, BASC-2, PAI, 16PF)
      • Projective Personality – Measures aspects of personality beyond awareness or not openly revealed. Respondents project their inner needs and feelings onto ambiguous stimuli (Rorschach, Projective Drawing, TAT, CAT, Sentence Completion)
      • Risk Assessment – Quantifies various dimensions of psychopathy - Qualified to administer Adult (PCL-R) and Adolescent (PCL-YV), VRAG, Static 99, J-SOAP, and SONAR
      • Symptom Checklist – Assess for symptoms related to specific disorders (BDI, BAI, TSCC)
      • Neuropsych Screening – Bender and Luria-Nebraska Screening Tests
  • Court Ordered Evaluations:
    • We have extensive experience working within the legal system and are able to complete many types of evaluations that are required by the court.
      • For example: Child Contact Assessments – Designed by the Colorado Sex Offense Management Board to estimate a convicted adult sex offender’s risk to offend against his/her own children. The evaluation covers many of the components of a standard sex offense evaluation as well as assessments of interpersonal dynamics, empathy and capacity for attachment.
  • Drug and Alcohol Evaluations:
    • We will help clients move through the stages of change by thoroughly evaluating their current psychological, physical, cognitive and contextual features contributing to his/her substance abuse. Tests may include Full Battery Psychological Evaluations.
    • Assessments may include one or more of following:
      • Adult Substance Use Survey Revised (ASUS-R) – Screens and assesses an individual’s alcohol and drug involvement in ten commonly defined drug categories and measures the degree of disruption that results. Also provides a mental health screen measurement of social non-conformity and legal non-conformity, motivation and treatment readiness
      • Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI-2) – most widely used and widely researched test of adult psychopathology. Used by clinicians to assist with the diagnosis of mental disorders and the selection of appropriate treatment methods in an ever-changing environment.
      • Million Inventories (includes MCMI, MACI, MCCI) - multi-dimensional personality assessment to address struggling student’s concerns and help them get back to a healthy state of mind by looking at depression, stress and anxiety, adjustment and relationship difficulties, alcohol/drug abuse and suicidal ideation.
      • Alcohol/Drug Intake and Assessment - One-on-one structured interview by clinician looking at past and present drug and alcohol used and contributing factors. ---