Diagnostic & Psychometric Assessments

Assessments are used to determine a child’s unique profile of strengths and weaknesses. Such assessments can identify core issues and assist with the development of individualised intervention and learning plans for children.

Young adults or even people in the middle of a career contemplating going back to university or college, sometimes also need to ask whether they have any special difficulties that they need to tell the university about or seek help with, if they are to make the best of their further education.

Some of the assessment areas that can be examined are:

  • Attention: Attentional Issues, Hyperactivity, Difficulty in Concentrating, Focus Difficulties, ADHD and ADD
  • Learning: Learning Disorders (e.g. Dyslexia), Difficulties with Reading, Writing, Maths, Gifted & Talented
  • Other Areas of Cognition: Working Memory, Processing Speed, Visual Perception and Executive Function

At SACAC Counselling all assessments are administered by highly qualified, experienced and accredited psychologists.

The Process

All assessments start with an initial parent-only interview in order to obtain a comprehensive history and information about a child’s current level of functioning. Parents are generally asked to bring copies of school reports and other assessment reports. With consent, teachers are often contacted directly to obtain further information and to complete screener questionnaires. At times a school observation may be indicated. Based on this information, an individualised assessment program is formulated.

Psychometric testing with the child then takes place over 1-2 sessions depending on the area of assessment and the functioning of the child. Results are scored and interpreted in a written psychometric report, which includes recommendations for support strategies in school and home settings.

A separate feedback session is then organised to discuss the results. This session often involves parents alone, but can sometimes include older children and adolescents. If requested, a further feedback session and follow up review meetings can also be arranged with the child’s school.

Personality Tests

Personality assessment can provide insight into several aspects including the person’s self-concept, thought patterns, personal, social, and behavioural problems, strengths and challenges, coping mechanisms, interpersonal issues, severity of distress, risk, reality-contact and ego-strength. Often, the requisite awareness or understanding of the dynamics contributing to a person’s distress is inadequate or incorrect, hence assessment provides a comprehensive and objective picture of their mental and emotional health and functioning.

Assessment provides valuable data for relevant interventions and therapeutic support for children, teenagers, adults, couples and groups. Some of the common concerns for which personality assessment is often useful are: feelings of depression, anxiety, fears, conflicts, relationship and communication problems, trouble making or keeping friends and/or jobs, anger, trauma, abuse, behavioural difficulties, low impulse control, addiction, psychosis/Schizophrenia, low confidence and self-esteem, social difficulties, occupational difficulties, marital difficulties, medically unexplained or difficult to treat illness, aches or pains, personality issues and personal development.

SACAC Counselling provides Personality Assessment using empirically validated clinical tests like:

  • Rorschach Inkblot Test
  • MMPI
  • MCMI
  • Thematic Apperception Test (TAT)
  • Children’s Apperception Test (CAT)
  • Myers-Briggs Type Indication (MBTI)
  • Strong Interests Inventory
  • DISC