Jacob Palm, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist
Collaborative Psychological Testing and Assessment
Collaborative Assessment/ therapeutic assessment
Collaborative or therapeutic Assessment is an innovative approach to psychological testing which relies on collaboration between the assessor and client (and therapist, if applicable), as they work to help clients better understand themselves and move forward in healing and successful living. Assessment is used as a brief psychotherapeutic intervention. Benefits to clients include:
- Increased Hopefulness about their problems
- Increased Satisfaction with assessment
- Better Compliance with on-going treatment.
In Collaborative (therapeutic) Assessment, psychological testing is more than just the collection of useful data. The goal is to make the assessment a positive and useful experience, and to help create positive therapeutic changes. Clinical research demonstrates the effectiveness of this innovative method.
Collaborative or therapeutic assessment can be completed in six to eight meetings, generally spread out over four to six weeks. The steps in collaborative assessment may include the following (not every assessment utilizes every step):
Psychological Testing and Collaborative/ therapeutic Assessments vary in fee, depending upon the questions being answered, the number of tests administered, and the frequency of visits.
All assessment and testing services are calculated prior to the onset of testing at a flat rate, inclusive of the following:
- Psychological Testing sessions (Between 4 and 8 hours, depending on questions);
- Assessment Intervention Session (if indicated);
- Summary and Discussion session with Dr. Palm during which results are reviewed and questions answered;
Clients are provided with specific insurance-ready receipts/invoices at the conclusion of assessment, which may be submitted (by clients) to personal insurance companies for direct reimbursement. Generally, 50% of assessment fees are due at onset of testing, with balance due upon completion. Payment plans are available. For more information regarding estimated fees and hours based upon your personal needs, please contact Dr. Palm.
Fees for Collaborative/ therapeutic Assessment
1. In the Initial Session, the assessor and client develop personal questions that the client wants to learn from the assessment. Questions are also solicited from the parents of children or adolescent clients. As questions are developed, background information about each question is also collected to better understand the client’s current view of each problem area. Practical aspects of the assessment, including fee structure, lenght of time required, confidentiality, and with whom the results of the assessment will be shared are also discussed.
2. Psychological Testing (including cognitive, achievement, and/or personality tests, based upon client questions) is administered. Tests are first administered in a standardized formal, to allow normative comparison to other same-aged clients. Following administration, clients are encouraged to reflect upon their performance, and begin generating hypotheses about how test results may answer the assessment questions.
3. In an Assessment Intervention Session, non-standardized tests, tests utilized in novel ways, activities, or family exercises are used to help clients discover answers to their questions in a safe and supportive environment. In this session, clients may begin to revise or "rewrite" their personal stories, and develop insight and understanding into their thoughts, actions, emotions, and relationships.
4. A Summary/Discussion Session is a collaborative effort by the assessor, client, family, and referring therapist to jointly discover and refine answers to assessment questions. Results of assessment measures are reviewed, and together, questions are answered.
5. Written Feedback is provided to the client in a report or letter format, based upon the answered questions from the Summary/Discussion Session. Children are further provided results in the form of a story or fable written specifically for them.
6. Follow-Up Session: Held 4-8 weeks following completion of the assessment, summary/ discussion results are re-visited to increase understanding and consolidate what was learned and gained during the assessment process.