A psychological assessment is a specific set of procedures including extensive interviewing, history taking, and psychological testing. The goal of assessment is to accurately diagnose the problem. This activity is particularly important when the client is considering use of medication in his or her treatment. It is also useful in identifying learning disabilities, attention deficit hyperactive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and short and long term disability. I select tests based upon the diagnostic question, “What are the psychological continence that cause this person to experience these symptoms?”
Even when there is effective pre-screening, there are times when an individual succumbs to job stress or personal problems such as substance abuse or depression. A psychologist can help determine when and if the person should be suspended or placed on disability. The psychologist can also determine if an individual is capable of returning to work.
Pre-employment screening assists employers in assessing the goodness of fit between the employer and the employee. This process requires a thorough analysis of the job description. Subsequent to this review a psychologist chooses tests to employ that have been validated for the employment assessment process.
An employee or an insurance company may want to know the type and degree of psychological disability in whether an individual can return to work part time or full time. He/she may want to consult with an independent professional to answer their questions. This process is called an Independent Medical Examination or IME.