"We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them." ~ Albert Einstein
An assessment can assist in understanding an individual’s symptoms, personality, ways of coping, identify behavioural and emotional problems (anxiety, depression, adjustment, substance-related disorders) and problems in living. The assessment evaluates an individual’s overall mental health functioning. After being a victim of a crime, involved in a motor-vehicle accident, workplace injury or disability, individuals can experience anxiety (passenger and driver anxiety), depressive mood (sadness, irritability, sleep problems), cognitive problems (difficulty concentrating, forgetfulness), posttraumatic stress (nightmares, flashbacks), chronic pain and adjustment difficulties that affect daily functioning. An assessment can be done to help identify the mental impact of your injury and traumatic experience, create a treatment plan and provide you with psychotherapy needed to return to your prior activities of daily living. Assessments includes conducting a clinical interview, behavioural observations, review of any available documents, administration of tests, evaluating and interpreting the tests results, writing an integrated report, providing feedback to the client and answering questions. The assessments conducted include:
criminal injuries compensation (CICB)
- long-term disability (LTD)
motor-vehicle accidents (MVA)
- workplace injuries (WSIB)
An educational assessment is a comprehensive assessment that provides information about an individual’s intellectual, cognitive and academic functioning, strengths and weaknesses as well as behavioural and emotional issues. An educational assessment includes administration of intelligence and academic testing, can answer questions pertaining to struggles at school, attention problems, cognitive abilities, giftedness, possible learning problems and mental retardation. Educational recommendations and accommodations can be made to assist with any struggles and achieving educational goals. You will be provided with feedback from the assessment and a copy of your educational assessment report.
A vocational assessment can help individuals to learn more about themselves and making important academic and career decisions that is satisfying and suitable to the individual. It may be of benefit if you are unsure of your career path, making career planning and redirection or re-integration into the workforce. This assessment can help you to identify your learning styles, strengths and weaknesses, vocational alternatives consistent with the individual's abilities (aptitude, skills, interests). The vocational assessments includes diagnostic and intelligence testing that identify personality factors which may enhance or interfere with career goals and learning potential. The assessment will provide an outline of the potential career choices and recommendation on how to achieve them. You will be provided with feedback from the assessment and a copy of your vocational assessment report.
Assessments are conducted under the supervision of a member of the College of Psychologists of Ontario.