The Evaluation Process
Although all evaluations are tailored to meet our client’s needs, there are some standard processes involved during psychoeducational evaluation.
If you are seeking educational evaluation service through Equilibria, you can expect to follow this general process:
1. Scheduling A Psychological Test
When calling to schedule an appointment for psychoeducational evaluation, we begin by asking you questions to discern the purpose of the evaluation. These initial questions ensure we match you with the appropriate psychologist from our Philadelphia office.
At times, we may have the psychologist speak directly with you to gather more information and ensure that you are comfortable with the person doing the evaluation.
2. Psychoeducational Test Clinical Interview
Incredibly valuable information is gathered during a comprehensive clinical interview including:
- Personal and childhood history
- Family history and current functioning
- Medical history and current functioning
- Developmental history
- Mental health history and current functioning
- Educational and work history and current functioning
- Relationship/social history and current functioning
- Substance use history and current functioning
- Legal history and current functioning
- Recent experiences that are impacting current functioning
- Other pertinent information related to psychological evaluation
When the evaluation is for a child or teen, interviews are conducted not only with the child but with the child’s caregivers and sometimes with other individuals important to the child’s current functioning (e.g., teachers, other caretakers).
In general, clinical interviews are more open and less structured than formal evaluations because this part of the evaluation allows for the client to convey information and experiences in their own words.
The clinical interview usually occurs at the beginning of the psychological assessment or evaluation in order to establish a good understanding of a person’s history and recent experiences that are bringing them in for the evaluation.