Psychodiagnostic Evaluations are requested when another professional requires in depth information regarding a patient's psychological functioning. This information might include coping resources, stress level, interpersonal functioning, cognitive functioning, emotional functioning, and self-control. A good evaluation begins with a clear and precise referral question: what does the referring professional need to know about the patient?
Common methods of evaluation include a clinical interview, the Wechsler Abbreviated Scale of Intelligence - Second Edition, the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory - Restructured Format - Second Edition, and the Rorschach - Performance Assessment System. Most evaluations take three - four hours, but sometimes less or more depending on how many instruments need to be administered.
After the completion of the face-to-face portion of the evaluation, it takes a week or two to score, interpret, integrate, and write up the findings. A written report, which usually includes a summary and a set of recommendations, is forwarded to the referring party. We ask that the patient sign a statement that he or she understands that the report will be sent to the to the referral source.