Trauma/Psychological Assessment

Trauma Assessment

Solution Focused Psychology has completed numerous trauma assessments over the years.  There could be many reasons as to why someone is referred for an trauma assessment.  We have completed these assessments for individuals such as adults, children, veterans and referrals from agencies such as the Worker's Compensation Board (WCB) and Children Services.

This type of assessment helps to measure the types of trauma someone has been exposed to, or the degree of severity of the traumatic event(s) someone has experienced.  

It is important to properly screen and assess for trauma symptoms, especially to be able to determine how trauma affects healthy functioning in a person that previously had healthy functioning prior to the incident(s) that have taken place.  It is essential in determining a child’s overall social and emotional well­being. When a child is brought in to Children Services, usually it is the result of a specific incident of maltreatment. For an effective assessment to take place it is critical that all agencies, and/or practitioners involved disclose the adult/child’s history, including the adult/child’s cumulative trauma experiences, to be able to put together an accurate assessment and findings. This assessment can bring forward the severity of symptoms, and can determine the impact of the trauma (thoughts, emotions, and behaviors have been changed by the traumatic incident(s) on the adult/child’s functioning in the various environments. 

Process of a Trauma Assessment

Psychological Assessment

A psychological assessment is usually recommended for a variety of reasons.  It could be recommended to help with a diagnosis or treatment of certain conditions. Amanda would be testing for possibly learning disabilities reaction time and memory. If a person is having problems at work or school, or in personal relationships, Amanda can help administer testing to help you understand whether he or she might have issues with anger management or interpersonal skills, or certain personality traits that contribute to the problem. Other tests evaluate whether clients are experiencing emotional disorders such as anxiety or depression.

The underlying cause of a person's problems isn't always clear. For example, if a child is having trouble in school, does he or she have a reading problem such as dyslexia? An attention problem such as attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)? Difficulty with impulse control? Psychological tests and assessments allow a psychologist to understand the nature of the problem, and to figure out the best way to go about addressing it.

A psychological evaluation is often thought of as the first line of defense in diagnosing and treating a mental health condition. Performed by a psychologist, it helps them gain an understanding of the severity and duration of your symptoms. There are several signs and symptoms that might be an indication that a psychological evaluation might be needed such as: changes in mood, nervousness, social withdrawal, changes in your sleep or eating habits, difficulty concentrating, trouble performing your usual tasks or a lack of interest in activities that you previously enjoyed.

Process of a Psychological Evaluation

Should you have any questions or concerns regarding if you feel a trauma/psychological assessment would benefit you, please do not hesitate to reach out to our office at (403) 504-9777 or via email at so that they can help you decide which assessment would be better for you.

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