A psychological assessment is a process which involves interviews, clinical observation, psychological tests and documentary review by a skilled psychologist, designed to objectively describe the critical aspects of personality of the subject/client/patient being assessed.
The data collected is used to either inform the individual or third parties about the individual’s present psychological functioning and/or provide an informed objective opinion about past behaviour as a way to help estimate their future behaviour and functioning.
Psychological assessments are also used in policing and correctional facilities. These assessments are useful to determine an individual’s suitability for a specific job or position of responsibility.
Assessments are used by courts to determine the suitability of parents and guardians in relation to child custody cases. The courts rely heavily on the psychological reports to determine the best outcome for the child.
Psychological assessments are ordered in criminal cases to determine whether or not an individual is competent to stand trial or to determine the accused’s mental state at the time of the crime or before sentencing.
Schools use these assessments to identify issues around socialization, learning and behaviour. Early identification and intervention can make a world of difference in a child’s life.
The use of psychological assessments has become an integral part of many aspects of our lives. They are being relied upon more and more to determine outcomes in many different situations in our society.
Dr. Gilles Boulais is a psychologist qualified to perform psychological assessments. His clinical practice involves the assessment of adults in a variety of cases, such as emotional injuries in tort cases, fitness to work, and mitigating factors in criminal and civil cases, and opinions and appeals before administrative tribunals.
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