PSYCHODIAGNOSIS & MENTAL HEALTH ASSESSMENT SERVICE

CFIR’s Psychodiagnosis & Mental Health Assessment Service offers comprehensive psychological evaluations of your or your loved one’s mental health concerns. Psychodiagnostic assessments provide a framework to understand your current psychological or psychiatric symptoms, challenges, and strengths.

WHAT TYPE OF ASSESSMENT DO WE OFFER?

Psychodiagnostic assessments and mental health evaluations involve both clinical interviews and the administration of scientific, evidence-based questionnaires. The interview and questionnaires are used in combination to help your psychologist understand the nature of your difficulties. Typically, individuals seek psychodiagnostic assessments to identify or clarify mental health diagnoses (e.g., depression, an anxiety disorder), to guide treatment planning, and/or to assist in accommodations in occupational or academic settings.

HOW DO I KNOW IF I, OR A LOVED ONE, IS IN NEED A PSYCHODIAGNOSTIC AND MENTAL HEALTH ASSESSMENT?

Do any of these items apply to you?

  • Are you experiencing concerns about your mental health as a result of distressing thoughts, emotional reactions, or behaviours?
  • Do you have difficulties functioning at work, school or home as a result of distressing thoughts, thinking patterns, emotional reactions, behaviours or relationship issues?
  • Do you require a mental health evaluation for the purpose of diagnostic clarification, treatment planning, return to work planning, and/or supporting academic accommodations?

IF YOU SAID YES TO ANY OF THESE ITEMS you might consider meeting with one of the highly trained clinical psychologists in CFIR’s Psychodiagnosis & Mental Health Assessment Service. A psychodiagnostic assessment will help you or your treatment provider to guide psychological treatment planning and in decision-making related to occupational and academic functioning.

HOW CAN I GET A REFERRAL TO THE PSYCHODIAGNOSIS AND MENTAL HEALTH ASSESSMENT SERVICE? WHO CAN REFER TO THIS SERVICE?

You may refer yourself or a loved one to our service.

Health care professionals, including physicians, psychiatrists, social workers and psychologists can refer patients to our service for the purpose of obtaining or clarifying a mental health diagnosis.

WHAT IS INVOLVED IN A PSYCHODIAGNOSIS AND MENTAL HEALTH ASSESSMENT? HOW LONG WILL THE ASSESSMENT TAKE?

Typically, during an initial session your mental health professional will meet with you to discuss your concerns and your reason for seeking an assessment. Following an initial meeting, an in-depth clinical interview will be conducted over one or two sessions. Your mental health professional will chose interviews and interview questions that are specific to your concerns, and also gather general background and specific information pertaining to your current struggles. Following the clinical interview, we will then administer a wide range of scientific, evidence-based questionnaires tailored to your needs. Following this process, your clinical psychologist will integrate the results from the clinical interview and questionnaires, and may require a subsequent session to further clarify his or her understanding of your difficulties. A diagnosis is rendered or clarified on the basis of this process, if appropriate and desired, and recommendations for treatment are provided. You will be provided feedback on the results of the assessment, and all your questions about the results will be addressed.

The entire assessment process, which includes an initial session, clinical interviews and administration of scientific, evidence-based questionnaires, assessment feedback, and a report with recommendations (if needed) will take approximately four weeks to complete. Please consult with one of our clinical psychologists to determine the length of time required to complete your particular assessment.

WHAT TYPE OF REPORTS OR RECOMMENDATIONS MIGHT I EXPECT?

Upon assessment and feedback completion, our clinical psychologists will provide you with a full and thorough list of recommendations to address areas of concern. Typical recommendations offered include suggestions for further specialized assessment, specific psychological treatment modalities best suited for your condition, referrals to other health care professionals, and recommendations for workplace or academic supports based on your goals and needs. The report and recommendations may be shared with family, other treatment professionals, your workplace, or your academic institution at your request.

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Our registered psychologists are proudly affiliated as clinical supervisors with the following universities:

  • UNIVERSITY OF OTTAWA

  • UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO

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