The mind I love most must have wild places, a tangled orchard where dark damsons drop in heavy grass, an overgrown little wood, the chance of a snake or two, a pool that nobody's fathomed the depth of, and paths threaded with flowers planted by the mind.
A psychodiagnostic assessment is a more intensive and detailed clinical assessment. These assessments are invariably requested when a more in-depth inquiry is indicated and often entails sophisticated and extensive mental and physical health functioning assessments. Factors that may cloud or interfere with an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan are usually also an important focus of this particular type of assessment.
Clients and patients may typically expect a psychodiagnostic assessment to be completed over the course of four to six sessions. The initial consultations usually include obtaining detailed information about the client or patients’ presenting symptoms and other clinically relevant information. A thorough personal and family history will also be obtained.
Collateral information is likely to be obtained or confirmed during later consultations with other health professionals, family members, partners, or other persons of reference.
The assessment invariably also includes the completion of different psychological screens and psychometric instruments.
Assessment findings are incorporated into a written report within two to four weeks after completion of the last assessment consultation. This report is made available to the referring clinician. Verbal feedback is provided to all clients and patients.