Toronto Psychological Services & Research Centre offers a range of assessments that fall under three broad categories: Psychological Assessments, Psychoeducational Assessments, and Comprehensive Psychological Assessments. While both clincal and psychoeducational assessments provide an understanding of individual functioning invarious capacites, Comprehensive Psychological Assessments offer a complete, integrated, and fulsome analysis. Our Comprehensive Psycholgoical Assessments meet high standards of professional excellence at the same time that they are accessible. Not only are they conducted in different formats for children, adolescents and adults, but they are tailored to meet the unique needs of each individual.
Comprehensive Psychological Assessments
Comprehensive psychological assessments provide in-depth, integrated analyses of socioemotional processes, behavioural functioning, neurodevelopmental capacities, academic strengths and weaknesses, and personality development. While it is undeniable useful to understand the symptoms and underlying mechanisms of academic exceptionalities and mental health concerns individually, consolidating an investigation and understanding of the two through a comprehensive psychological assessment ensures a complete and extensive analysis, and facilitates access to extended supports in therapeutic, academic, and vocational contexts.
The clinical component of a comprehensive assessment consists of an analysis of current socioemotional functioning and personality development. This part of the assessment identifies and assesses mood discrepancies, sleep disturbances, experiences of trauma, sadness, excessive worry, dissociative experiences, difficulties with concentration and focus, repetitive behaviours, emotional dysregulation, low energy levels, fear, panic attacks, phobias, and social withdrawal. Comprehensive assessments identify and diagnose a range of mental health concerns, including attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, autism spectrum disorder, developmental coordination disorder, bipolar and related disorders, depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive and related disorders, trauma and stressor-related disorders, disruptive and conduct-related disorders, and dissociative disorders. In our final reports, professional recommendations and treatment plans are provided with the intention of enhancing self-understanding, increasing self-advocacy, and facilitating access to therapeutic supports.
The psychoeducational component of comprehensive assessments provide a thorough and complete account of learning and educational expectionalities. By conducting an in- depth investigation and analysis, this segment of the assessment identifies and investigates learning capabilities, intellectual abilities, attention and concentration, executive functioning, orthographic processing, visual-motor coordination, phonological processing, language disorders, and overall cognitive functioning. This portion of the assessment facilitates access to individual education plans, academic accommodations, and workplace supports.
The benefits of a comprehensive assessment, over a psychoeducational or clinical assessment alone, is that it provides an integrated understanding of how interrelated all psychological processes may be. Understanding how social anxiety impacts academic skill development/professional performance and vice versa, can be more beneficial than identifying either on their own. Similarly, substantiating how a previously undiagnosed learning disorder informs oppositional, disruptive, and conduct disorder behaviours can provide tremendous relief to caregivers hoping to better understand and support their child.
At Toronto Psychological Services & Research Center we believe in providing clients with a comprehensive evaluation that is client-centred, thorough, and consistent with available research. Our Comprehensive Psychological Assessments are conducted by qualified clinicians who have received extensive education and training. Our goals are to support accomplishment of personal, academic and professional goals, provide a thorough understanding of personal strengths and weaknesses, and an enable access to individualized intervention plans for how best to support them.
For more information about our comprehensive psychological assessments, or to book an intake appointment, call (416) 531-0727 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.