What is Psychological Assessment?
Psychological assessment involves a detailed clinical interview to determine the psychological effects of an accident (i.e. depression, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and psychological functioning). Patients are seen for a single session. A psychological assessment involves between 6 and 10 hours work in total depending on the number of documents to review and the number of psychological measures used.
What is Neuropsychological Assessment?
Neuropsychology is a branch of clinical psychology that aims to identify and understand changes in thinking and behaviour that can result from injuries to the brain.
The main role of the neuropsychologist is cognitive assessment: that is identifying and measuring the extent of any changes in thinking ability, including attention, memory, reasoning and perception. Finding solutions to acquired problem behaviours is also part of the role of the neuropsychologist as well as addressing the emotional and adjustment changes that frequently follow acute or chronic illness, in either the patient themselves or their relatives.
Neuropsychological assessments are based upon an in-depth clinical interview, utilising a range of proven psychometric assessments examining such areas as memory, attention and concentration, the composites of intellectual functioning and application of effort, mood and executive functioning. All reports are detailed and thorough and in total, the face-to-face component of the assessment takes in the region of four hours. On average, the completed report is available two weeks from the time of the assessment.