Psychological assessment allows clinicians to make inferences about person’s behavior and their personality. In a short period of time, while using a combination of tools such as interviews, norm-referenced tests, projective tests, and clinical observation, a clinician is provided with a wealth of information about their clients. The clinician is thus able to determine both strengths and weaknesses of a person. Based on this information, a clinician creates a plan to help an individual take advantage of their strengths and improve area(s) that are considered to be difficult for him or her.
Full psychological assessment includes information about intellectual functioning, a person’s academic achievement, and personality profile. The most commonly used norm-reference tests include Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale-Forth Edition (WAIS-IV), the Wechsler Individual Achievement Test-Third Edition (WIAT-III), Woodcock-Johnson III Test of Achievement (WJ III ACH), Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2 (MMPI-2) and Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory III (MCMI-III).
A child’s time at school should be one of fun, making friends, and growing in love of learning. Therefore, if your child has a difficult time with their schoolwork, the experience of going to school can become a nightmare for them. At IPS Center we offer educational assessment tools that can assess whether your child is performing to his actual abilities. In addition, it assesses the child for possible learning disabilities and whether the child is placed in the proper classes and grade level. Our clinicians use standardized tests such as Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children-Fourth Edition (WISC-IV), Wechsler Individual Achievement Test-Third Edition (WIAT-III), and Woodcock-Johnson III Test of Achievement (WJ III ACH).
Vocational or Religious Assessment
When a person answers God’s call to serve Him as a priest, religious brother, or a religious sister it is both a great joy to the Church and to the individual. In most dioceses, part of the application to begin this journey is to undergo an assessment in order to evaluate a person’s fitness for this style of life. At IPS Center we provide a place where those needed assessments can take place. In the assessment process we make sure to answer psychological fitness of a person for community life. However, addressing the question of spiritual fitness for religious life is out of our realm.