ASSESSMENTS (Independent Medical Examinations/ Psychological Examinations)
Lawyers and other professionals, insurers, agencies, schools, corporations, and governments increasingly rely on comprehensive psychological assessments (Independent Psychological Assessments, which are often referred to as Independent Medical Examinations or IME’s) to evaluate or establish insurance or legal claims, to evaluate current treatment, to analyse day-to-day or workplace function, to suggest suitable treatment options, to establish basis for workplace or school accommodations, or to plan return-to-work options in disability cases.
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Please be advised that assessments normally are on the second floor, requiring climbing a flight of stairs. If you need accommodation, please contact us.
Following is a court’s decision confirming the expertise of psychologists to provide opinion concerning mental health issues: Court Decision re Expertise of Psychologists
Some of the more frequently requested assessments are:
1.Personal Injury and Trauma, Including Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Following accident or injury, people commonly experience Depression, Anxiety Disorders or other consequences, such as PTDS. Assessment can provide evidence concerning presence or absence of such problems. To establish whether PTSD is present or not, validity assessment (exaggeration, minimizing, malingering, etc.) is combined with a thorough assessment of the diagnostic criteria for PTSD, as well as other possible co-occurring conditions.
For more information about trauma assessment, please see Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
2. Aftermath of Abuse or Assault
Chronic or acute abuse or assault in childhood or adulthood may result in immediate or delayed psychological consequences. One estimate suggests that 80% of individuals who experience rape or life-threatening physical injury develop Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
3. Assessment of Work-Related Disability
Individuals who are receiving short- or long-term disability benefits may have claims related to psychological disability or pain. Assessment can provide information related to presence or absence of psychological bases for disability claims, evaluation of current treatment, treatment options or issues related to return to work.
Frequently, the presence of pain, from moderate to severe, cannot be linked specifically to objective medical findings. In the face of a tendency to discount such pain, psychological assessment can provide findings that help evaluate pain-related claims for return to work and work-place accommodation, or insurance and legal purposes.
5. Psychological Disability
Complete psychological assessments can establish the presence or absence of psychological disability. Interview and standardized testing are combined to determine formal diagnoses, as well as any resulting limitations to functioning. Any tendencies to minimize or exaggerate disability are routinely assessed. Recommendations for treatment are included in psychological reports.
Assessments help establish the extent of and limits to disability, PTSD or other legal claims. Our independent assessments (often referred to as IMEs) can document psychological injuries that are found, or help rule out psychological problems. For more information, please see Legal / Forensic Assessment Information