Psychometric and psycho-diagnostic assessments play an essential role in conceptualising and initiating therapeutic interventions, and in clarifying diagnoses. Manas uses standardised 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 may be taking away from the patients’ positive psychological growth.
Psychometric assessments for individuals across all age groups are available in the following areas:
- 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.
- 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. Generally paired with IQ assessment, testing for SLD is done to understand aberrations in performance across the aforementioned areas.
- Personality Assessment : Personality assessment involves tests that bring out various aspects of clients’ traits and characteristics and include self-report and projective measures. These often facilitate self-awareness for clients, or to assist clinicians in gaining insight into the personality patterns of highly guarded clients.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.