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		in Santa Rosa, California Daniel B.
Pickar, Ph.D., ABPP; Child & Family Clinical and Forensic Psychology treatment plans for kids with behavioral issues
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Psychological Testing

Daniel B. Pickar, Ph.D.
1212 College Ave., Suite A
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
Tel: (707) 566-0296
Fax: (707) 843-5095
Email: dpickar@sbcglobal.net

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		    learning disabilities

Psychological Testing and Psychoeducational Assessment

Psychological Testing or a Psychoeducational Assessment by a psychologist can be extremely useful when there is lack of clarity or understanding regarding the reasons and causes of various emotional, psychological, learning, or behavioral problems of a child or adolescent.

Psychological testing refers to the administration of standardized tasks and procedures which allow for a sampling of behavior, in order to understand and predict a given individual's psychological, emotional, and behavioral functioning in a variety of settings.

Psychoeducational testing, an even more comprehensive process, includes the aforementioned, as well as an examination of cognitive functioning and learning problems, which might impact a child or teenagers ability to be successful in school. Psychoeducational testing can help to identify the particular learning style of a child, and determine if there is a learning disability, cognitive difficulties, or executive functioning problems which impede the learning process. Both psychological testing and psychoeducational testing assists the psychologist in formulating a mental health treatment plan and/or educational intervention strategy, and educates the school and family about a child's needs.

Psychological and psychoeducational assessment is a comprehensive evaluation process that involves not only the administration and interpretation of psychological tests, but also involves the integration of information from multiple sources. Such sources include child interviews, interviews with parents, collateral information from teachers, school educational or testing reports, medical history, as well as information from other mental health professionals who may have provided therapy to a child or teenager.

Common reasons why a psychological or psychoeducational evaluation may be recommended include:

  • Behavioral and conduct problems
  • Concerns about cognitive and intellectual factors which may be leading to problems in the learning process at school
  • Learning and academic problems; learning disability
  • Determine cause of attention and concentration problems, such as ADHD or otherwise
  • Understanding causes of emotional problems such as depression, anxiety, social skills deficits, low frustration tolerance or extreme anger, poor impulse control, mood instability, poor coping or emotion regulation skills
  • Speech and language problems
  • Recommendations for school or residential treatment placement
  • Determine eligibility for special education services
  • Identify factors underlying problem behaviors
  • Determine if there is a specific cause for a child's academic, social, or psychological difficulties

In evaluating psychological and emotional functioning in children or adults, Dr. Pickar frequently uses the following tests:

  • Rorschach Psychodiagnostic Procedure
  • Roberts Apperception Test or Children's Apperception Test
  • Thematic Apperception Test
  • Behavior Assessment System for Children - 2
  • Beck Depression Inventory
  • Children's Depression Inventory
  • Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory for Adolescents (MMPI-A)
  • Minnesota Multiphasic Inventory - II (MMPI-II)
  • Millon Adolescent Clinical Inventory
  • Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory - III
  • Attention Deficit Disorder Evaluation Scales
  • Rotter Incomplete Sentences Blank

In evaluating cognitive, intellectual, IQ, and executive functioning, Dr. Pickar frequently uses the following tests:

  • Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children - IV (WISC-IV)
  • Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale - IV (WAIS - IV)
  • Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence - IV (WPPSI-IV)
  • Delis-Kaplan Executive Function System (D-KEFS)
  • Rey-Osterrieth Complex Figure Test
  • Beery-Buktenica Developemental Test of Visual Motor Integration
  • Comprehensive Trail-Making Test
  • Wide Range Achievement Test- IV (Wrat-IV)
  • Gray Oral Reading Test-IV (GORT-IV)

Following the completion of the psychological evaluation, Dr. Pickar prepares a comprehensive written report, which is reviewed in a feedback session with the parents (teenagers may also be included at this meeting), and can also be submitted to other professionals or schools at the parents request.

Fees

Fees for psychological testing are $240 per hour, which includes time spent in interviews, psychological testing, test scoring and interpretation, and report writing. A psychological assessment with report typically costs in the range of $2200 to $2400. A psychoeducational assessment with report typically costs in the range of $3000 to $3500.

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