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Psychometric Assessment, Psychodiagnostics and Neuropsychological Batteries

As an integral part of Manas Foundation’s mental health services is the process of psychometric and psycho diagnostic assessment with outpatient and referral clients.

Psychometric and psycho-diagnostic assessments play an essential role in conceptualizing and initiating therapeutic interventions, and in clarifying diagnoses. Manas uses standardized testing procedures to understand the difficulties around the intellectual adjustment and psychosocial or emotional well-being of clients. This extends to understanding the spectrum of issues that maybe taking away from the patients’ positive psychological growth.

 

Psychometric assessments for individuals across all age groups are available in the following area:

Ø  Intelligence (IQ) Testing

IQ Assessment includes performance and verbal tasks to measure intellectual ability across tasks and culture-fairness in interpretation. These assessments are conducted using standardized tests for a range of age groups.

Ø  Specific Learning Disability

Specific Learning Disability, or SLD assessment involves administration of tests tapping into clients’ level of difficulty with regards to specific scholastic and perceptual skills. SLD assessment takes into account attention, language (via reading, writing, spelling, expression and comprehension) arithmetic, and perceptual gestalt and accuracy. Generally paired with IQ assessment, testing for SLD is done to understand aberrations in performance across the aforementioned areas.

Ø  Personality Assessment

Personality assessment involves tests that bring out various aspects of clients’ traits and characteristics and include self-report and projective measures. These are often referred as an aid in self-awareness for clients, or to assist clinicians in gaining insight into the personality patterns of highly guarded clients.

Ø  Neuropsychological Functioning

Neuropsychological assessment is administered to clients showing symptoms reflecting brain damage or degeneration. Several subtests are conducted in order to gauge neuropsychological variables pertaining to the frontal, parietal-occipital, and temporal lobes.

Ø  Psycho-diagnostics

Psycho-diagnostic assessments assist in clarifying diagnoses for clients who report or demonstrate behavioural or psycho-emotional patterns reflective of mixed symptomatology. Psychological disorders such as depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, schizophrenia, and personality disorders, among others, are screened as part of diagnostic assessments.

Standardized screenings, self-report, and projective tests are administered following a detailed clinical interview and history taking session. Due consideration is given to personal, internal, conscious and unconscious levels, as well as precipitating factors, relationships and contextual elements. Psychiatrists often refer clients to Manas prior to prescription of medication or alteration of dosage. Psychotherapeutic interventions are also streamlined following psycho-diagnostic assessment.

Ø  Career Guidance (Aptitude and Interest Assessment)

Career assessment at Manas is a comprehensive process based on our premise that a healthy career choice is an alignment of an individual’s interests, aptitudes, and relevant personality variables. Therefore, we begin with a detailed interview regarding career conceptualizations and future orientation. This is followed by aptitude testing, administration of scales assessing interest areas, and facilitation of self-disclosure activities that bring forth personality variables and traits pertinent to career. It includes an understanding of primary traits, brief assessment of career-personality, strengths and obstacles to career perceived by the client, and value systems.

The career report brings out the match between the three key areas: interest, aptitude and personality. It then provides detailed and specific recommendations (including market trends in relevant areas, where applicable) based on the results of the assessment. Interactive report sharing sessions are often a follow up of career assessment, wherein the client and key family members are briefed on findings and engaged with for the road ahead.

 

Standardised tests assessing these aspects of intellectual and emotional functioning, guide clinicians in understanding psychological difficulties and their symptoms across cases. Psychological assessments focus on clarifying symptomatology and its qualitative interpretations as a starting point for clinicians in mapping out management plans and working with clients in their path towards a healthier life.

 

At Manas, assessments are conducted ethically and ensure the comfort of the client. Reports distinctly reflect the specificity of each client’s case, without labeling the client in any way. While, acknowledging the difficulties that become clearer through assessment, Manas psychologists recommend the strengths inherent in the client and their support systems.

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