The Assessment Center at West Texas Counseling and Guidance (WTCG) opened its doors in the fall of 2017. Dr. Bill Montgomery, a Licensed Psychologist, and the Assessment Center’s director, had the goal to assist WTCG in offering assessment services to individuals (6 years and older) in the Concho Valley area.
Dr. Melanie Noble, a Provisionally Licensed Psychologist, and Mr. William Prickett, a graduate student in the counseling psychology program at Angelo State University, work under the direction and supervision of Dr. Montgomery in all aspects of the Center’s operations.
Many individuals are hesitant when it comes to the topic of psychological evaluation. In reality, the process can seem daunting and overwhelming. It is for this reason that the Center’s staff work hard to make the experience as pleasant and understandable as possible.
Why would someone (child or adult) seek psychological evaluation?
There are numerous reasons an individual might be recommended/referred for testing. One of the most common scenarios might include resolving questions regarding possible ADHD symptoms/diagnosis.
At times, it might be difficult to pinpoint what is causing a person to experience distress and struggles in their day-to-day functioning. A psychological evaluation can be very informative in this regard.
Additionally, some college students or working/return-to-work adults may feel lost and be looking for a direction to head with their work life. There are assessment measures that can assist in this process.
What can I expect on the day of my/my child’s assessment?
You should anticipate that the assessment process will take anywhere from 3-5 hours. The first step in the evaluation will involve an interview to obtain a full picture of what is going on. The second step is the administration of a variety of evaluation measures that will vary in length and time. Ideally, the goal is to complete the interview and the evaluation measures during the first appointment. Next, additional data may be gathered from other sources (e.g., teachers and counselors). All measures are then scored and interpreted.
A full written report is prepared, integrating all aspects of the assessment process. Every effort is made to create a document that is both understandable and informative. A summary of the evaluation is developed, interpretations are made, and recommendations are provided.
The last step in the assessment process is the feedback session. It is during this appointment that clients are provided with copies of their evaluation. The report will be reviewed in depth with the client, and any questions or concerns can be addressed at this time. The client is then free to photocopy and distribute the report as desired.
Understanding psychological testing and assessment- http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/assessment.aspx