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Psychological Assessments

Q-Psych psychologists are competent to undertake a wide range of assessments for a variety of purposes.  Although too extensive to list here, some examples include assessments of:

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  • Personality functioning
  • Autism and Social functioning
  • Cognitive functioning (intelligence)
  • Executive functioning (e.g. attention)
  • Behavioural and Adaptive functioning
  • Learning and Academic abilities
  • Alcohol and Substance abuse
  • Risk assessments (offending, violence, stalking or spousal abuse)
  • Parenting Capacity and Family functioning
  • Sexual knowledge and/or attitudes
  • Vocational interests, skills and values

What does an assessment involve?

Assessments may involve paper-pencil inventories, online assessments, test batteries or structured observations. In most cases, the assessments are completed by the client being assessed, however they may also include ratings from family members, teachers, support workers, managers or the psychologist. The time required to complete an individual assessment may range from as little as 5 minutes to 2 hours (or more) and some assessments may occur over several weeks. In most cases, the assessments will be conducted on-site at Q-Psych, but may occur in other settings, as required or as suitable.

We do not offer a set-battery or ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to any assessments. This ‘menu’ approach can result in clients completing unnecessary tests that may be intrusive, costly, inappropriate and ultimately unhelpful.

What is the purpose of an assessment?

The main reason for an assessment is to guide a decision, such as treatment, compensation, learning support, behaviour management, disability support, child custody, child protection, sentencing, deportation or guardianship. These decisions can have serious and long-term implications for the client. As a result, we take assessment planning seriously and tailor assessments on an individual needs basis, taking various considerations into account.

This process involves first, (1) gaining a clear understanding of the reasons and the purpose for seeking the assessment (usually by attending an initial consult with the assessing psychologist), and (2) may require meeting with the client in advance to assess their capacity to participate in the assessment.  We will then (3) develop a tailored assessment approach and (4) provide the client (or third party) with an itemised quote and outline of the assessment we recommend to address the referral question/s.  We will also need to (5) obtain the consent of the client (or legal guardian) to conduct the assessment.  The psychologist providing the assessment will explain this process further at the initial consult.

How much do assessments cost?

Some assessments are free and are used by your psychologist to track your treatment progress. However, most assessments are required to obtain certain information and provide recommendations, and usually require a report to be written. In those cases, the above process will determine the costs of the assessment and you (or the payee) will be provided a written quote in advance. Because we tailor assessments, we do not provide a price ‘menu’.

Medicare and private health rebates may be available for some treatment-related assessments, but generally assessments are not eligible for rebates.  For longer assessments or reports, we offer a pay-as-you-go (PAYG) service, rather than an upfront lump sum payment. In all instances, we require the full balance of the assessment to be paid before we release the report. (These fee arrangements do not apply to organisations).

Ready to get help?

To find out more about our assessment services or to enquire about a specific psychological test, please call us or fill in the contact form and click send. The staff at Q-Psych are ready to help.

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