Assesment

Psychological or psychometric assessment is the process of measuring and understanding psychological constructs such as personality, intelligence and behavior. This is done with the help of psychometric tests which are scientifically formulated and validated tools to assess the particular area of interest.

The usual purposes for psychological assessment are to provide a diagnosis for treatment settings; to assess a particular area of functioning or special abilities for school settings; to help select type of treatment or to assess treatment outcomes; or to help assess job applicants or employees and provide career development guidance, counselling or training.

The Mind Research Foundation offers a wide range of psychological assessments and diagnostic services for children, youth and adults. We also work with other professionals in the community, including family physicians, pediatricians, psychiatrists, child development centers, government ministries, and school personnel, to provide comprehensive assessment services and enable coordinated intervention.

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Clinical assessment

A psychiatric assessment is most commonly carried out for clinical and therapeutic purposes, to establish a diagnosis and formulation of the individual's problems, and to plan their care and treatment. This may be done in a hospital, in an out-patient setting, or as a home-based assessment.

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What is Individual Counselling

Individual counselling is a personal, one-to-one counselling space for a person to interact with the counsellor to explore and address personal concerns. It is a partnership where the counsellor works with the client to help the client in their journey to understand themselves better and cope with whatever challenges they are going through.

We use the term "Individual Counselling" as an umbrella term to cover other possible terminology such as "Personal Counselling", "1-on-1 Counselling" etc.

Forensic assessment

A forensic psychiatric assessment may have a number of purposes. A forensic assessment may be required of an individual who has been charged with a crime, to establish whether the person has the legal competence to stand trial. If a person with a mental illness is convicted of an offense, a forensic report may be required to inform the Court's sentencing decision, as a mental illness at the time of the offense may be a mitigating factor. A forensic assessment may also take the form of a risk assessment, to comment on the relationship between the person's mental illness and the risk of further violent offenses.

Medico-legal assessment

A medico-legal psychiatric assessment is required when a psychiatric report is used as evidence in civil litigation, for example in relation to compensation for work-related stress or after a traumatic event such as an accident. The psychiatric assessment may be requested in order to establish a link between the trauma and the victim's psychological condition, or to determine the extent of psychological harm and the amount of compensation to be awarded to the victim

Medico-legal psychiatric assessments are also utilized in the context of child safety and child protection services. A child psychiatrist's assessment can provide information on the psychological impact of abuse or neglect on a child. A child psychiatrist can carry out an assessment of parenting capacity, taking into consideration the mental state of both the child and the parents, and this may be used by child protective services to decide whether a child should be placed in an alternative care arrangement such as foster care.