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Diagnostic Intake Assessment


Similar to medical testing, psychological testing seeks to understand a client’s mental, behavioral and physical symptoms in order to arrive at a diagnosis and guide treatment.

Psychologists administer tests and assessments for any number of reasons. If a person is having problems at work or school or in personal relationships, psychological assessment builds understanding of the nature of the problem, whether:

    • Clients are experiencing emotional disorders, such as anxiety or depression
    • There are issues with interpersonal skills
    • Personality traits are contributing to the problem

The clinical interview is key in psychological assessment. When a clinician speaks to a client about concerns and history, they are able to see the full picture of a person’s strengths and limitations. 

In many cases, psychologists who administer tests also treat patients with psychotherapy. Some psychologists focus only on evaluating clients and then refer them to other specialists for post-diagnosis treatment. In either case, the testing and assessment process helps ensure the client receives treatment tailored to individual needs.

Diagnoses are used to communicate between and among providers and to make sure the child or adolescent receives all necessary services and accommodations to help them meet their potential in school, outside school or at work. Many treatment plans engage needed supports by other health and education professionals, along with parents or guardians.

Learn more about CFI’s Pediatric Assessment Center (PAC)…


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