What is psychological assessment?
Psychological assessment refers to scientific methods psychologists often use to understand the human personality. When combined with information from interviews, observations, and other sources, assessments can help clients explore new and more effective ways of resolving human problems.
After assessment procedures are completed and the results are obtained, the psychologist typically gives the client feedback about the results. The purpose is to promote great self understanding and more ability to help plan appropriate treatment. In this way, psychological assessment can shorten treatment and reduce its cost when compared to treatment based solely on a clinical interview. Psychological assessment can also provide accurate and objective information to help answer questions posed by other health professionals and referring agencies such as school systems, the court, and social agencies.
When decisions and plans need to be made about clients based in part on their psychological functioning, psychological assessment can offer referring agencies objective information that contributes to more personalized and rational planning and decision- making.
Generally, assessment is appropriate when there is a clinical rationale for using specific assessment instruments to address a specific set of referral questions about a particular client under a unique set of circumstances.
What does psychological assessment provide that typical interviews do not?