Psychological Assessments

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Fox Valley Institute would like to introduce our Psychological Assessment Program.

Some of the common diagnoses that we assess for include:

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
  • Depression and Anxiety Disorders
  • Learning Disorders and Intellectual Giftedness
  • Bipolar Disorders
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Psychotic Disorders (i.e. Schizophrenia)
  • Personality Disorders

Fox Valley Institute offers psychological assessment services in the following areas:

Psychological tests are written, visual, or verbal evaluations administered to assess the cognitive and emotional functioning of children and adults. These forms of evaluations are research-based and highly reliable. They are used to assess a variety of mental abilities and attributes.

We specialize in consulting with clients who have complicated presentations or feel “stuck” in their progress. We use innovative, state-of-the-art psychological tests and technologies, such as the new Attemo, an attention and motor control test for objectively measuring symptoms of ADHD. We also provide verbal and written feedback to each client so we can collaborate on their treatment plans.

Furthermore, we clarify diagnoses to ensure that the best medicinal and therapeutic interventions are being utilized. We aim to understand our client’s unique personality style and how it impacts their treatment. Clients may exhibit similar symptoms, but their unique perspectives and interpersonal approaches ultimately contribute to how well they can adapt. Hence, we provide an in-depth perspective on their personality, allowing for a more personalized treatment plan.

For parents who are concerned with how their child is doing at school, we specialize in helping those students and parents in understanding the nature of those difficulties – whether that is due to a learning disorder, a problem with attention, or some other social-emotional difficulty. We offer well-validated intelligence tests to clarify their general intellectual abilities, as well as achievement tests to clarify how well they are learning in the areas of reading, writing, and math compared to those their age.

Different Types of Psychological Assessments:

Diagnostic Evaluations

Often your therapist or psychiatrist will want to clarify the nature of your emotional and behavioral difficulties so that they can provide the best treatments to you. We work with children (ages 6+), adolescents, and adults. In a typical diagnostic assessment, we utilize an in-depth diagnostic interview, a series of self-report and observer questionnaires, and other performance-based measures to determine the best diagnoses that describe your situation. We will then offer verbal and written feedback with individualized treatment recommendations that can be shared with your mental health professionals. This type of assessment typically includes 7-10 hours of face-to-face time.

Personality Testing

If you are looking into understanding yourself better and gain insight into your unique way of relating to others? Would like to enhance how you engage in your family and/or work life? Would like to spur personal growth?  If so, then participating in an in-depth personality assessment is a great option for you. We can tailor this assessment to answer general or specific questions you have about yourself, so the amount of face-to-face time varies. Some examples of clients who might pursue a general personality assessment include:

  • pre-marital or married couples who want to enhance their relationship
  • business owners or managers who want to strengthen their team or address “personality clashes”
  • college and graduate psychology students pursuing clinical work that requires increased self-knowledge
  • clergy or ministry leaders who want to further understand how they interact with their parishioners
  • missionaries who are preparing to go into the mission field or who want to process their time when they return from the field
  • those who would seek out a life coach rather than a therapist

Academic Evaluations

Do you have concerns about how your child or adolescent is doing at school?  One of the most frequent reasons why parents pursue psychological testing and counseling – then it is helpful to have their abilities and learning assessed. We offer intelligence tests to clarify their general intellectual abilities, as well as achievement tests to clarify how well they are learning in the areas of reading, writing, and math compared to those their age. This type of assessment typically includes 5-6 hours of face-to-face time. Some specific areas we work with include:      

  • Kindergarten Readiness Evaluation– for those parents who wish to provide documentation to school administrators that their child is cognitively ready to enter kindergarten despite missing the birthday cutoff date
  • Giftedness Evaluation– for those parents who are looking to ensure that their child’s unique and advanced learning abilities are taken into consideration during their education
  • Learning Disorder Evaluation– for those parents who are seeking resources and accommodations in the classroom for their child’s learning difficulties 

Bariatric Surgery or Pain Management Assessments

Are you considering bariatric surgery or pain management procedures?  Your surgeon and insurance company will require that you participate in an evaluation to ensure that you are psychologically well enough to proceed with the surgery. In a typical pre-bariatric surgery or pain management screening, we utilize a psychological interview and 1-2 clinical questionnaires to determine your psychological prognosis following your procedure. We will then provide a letter to your surgeon summarizing the results. This type of assessment typically includes 3-5 hours of face-to-face time.

Adoption Eligibility Assessments

Are you are considering international adoption? The adoption agency will make you aware of the specific requirements of the country you are adopting from. For many of those countries, you will be required to participate in a brief psychological evaluation that includes an interview and a commonly used personality measure like the MMPI-2. This type of assessment typically includes 2 hours of face-to-face time.

FAQ

What are the advantages of Psychological Assessments? 

Psychological Assessments help clarify diagnoses to ensure the best possible treatment by understanding the client’s personality style. Once a clients personality style is assessed, it will allow for a more personalized treatment plan. 

Who can benefit from Psychological Assessments?

Those who can benefit from Psychological Assessments are children, adolescents, and adults from ages 6 and older. 

What are the forms of payments accepted?

Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO, self-pay, and reduced fees with doctoral level graduate students

What are common Psychological Assessments?

  • Intellectual and achievement testing

    • General intellectual abilities for children in school
    • Achievement tests: clarify how well they are learning in areas of reading, writing, and math compared to those their age
    • Attemo: attention and motor control test for symptoms of ADHD
  • Giftedness Evaluations
  • Common diagnoses assessed

    • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
    • Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
    • Autism Spectrum Disorder

Preparing For Your First Visit

Prior to the testing session, individuals should get a good night’s rest and bring snacks for breaks during testing. It is expected that parents remain in the office with their children during testing unless we have discussed and agreed to other arrangements. Should a situation arise where the individual to be tested is feeling ill or a circumstance that would hinder test results has come up, please notify us as soon as possible. If the individual is taking any new medications that we have not been informed of previously, please update us with that information.

Each assessment consists of a one-hour diagnostic evaluation, an average of three to four hours of testing, review, and analysis of test results by the Clinical Psychologist, written reports of results, and a one-hour feedback session.

We assess children, adolescents, and adults, starting at the age of 6-years old. Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO insurance is accepted, otherwise, the assessments are self-pay. For self-pay clients, we are able to provide reduced fee assessments through our doctoral-level graduate students. Contact us today at 630.718.0717 to set up your appointment!

For more information about psychological testing, please contact our Client Care Specialist at 630-718-0717 x 240 or clientcare@fvinstitute.com.

Additional Resources:

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https://fvinstitute.com/article/depression-checklist/
https://fvinstitute.com/article/a-regular-checkup-is-good-for-the-mind-as-well-as-the-body/
https://fvinstitute.com/dependent-personality-disorder-diagnosis-and-treatment/
https://fvinstitute.com/article/attention-deficits-living-with-add-and-adhd/
https://fvinstitute.com/highly-sensitive-people-strengths/