Assessment and Testing Services

The mission of the Assessment and Testing Program at the Utah Center for Evidence Based Treatment is to provide  expert diagnostic and assessment services to children, adolescents, and adults.  These services maximize treatment outcomes by focusing on individual strengths while providing custom recommendations to promote accelerated growth. UCEBT’s psychological assessments are tailored to your individual needs, providing in depth understanding of one’s cognitive and academic abilities, mental health and personality development.

Our providers have expert training in administering tests, scoring and interpreting data, and writing comprehensive reports with useful treatment recommendations.

We provide the following types of assessments:

 

Brief diagnostic assessment

In determining what evidence based treatment is most appropriate for our clients, we begin with a brief diagnostic assessment to aid in treatment planning and recommendations for therapy. This assessment utilizes self-report measures and semi-structured clinical interviewing for preliminary diagnostic information.

The brief diagnostic assessment is broken into two parts; an initial 1.5 hour information gathering session, and a second 45 minute session where your provider delivers feedback on assessment results, treatment options, and next steps.

Is Brief Diagnostic Assessment a fit for me?

  • If you are ready to get started in psychotherapy at our center we will begin the process with a brief diagnostic assessment
  • If you are in treatment with another provider and you and your therapist are feeling “stuck,” our diagnostic assessment can be a helpful tool to reevaluate diagnosis, treatment plan, and providing additional therapeutic recommendations

Comprehensive Psychological Assessment


Our comprehensive psychological assessment aims to assess and diagnose a range of psychological and mental health issues using diagnostic clinical interviews, cognitive batteries, objective and projective tests, and personality inventories.

Batteries used in this assessment may include*:

  • Cognitive assessments (e.g. WISC-5, WAIS-IV)
  • Personality inventories (e.g. DIB-R, MMPI, and additional structured interviews for personality disorders)
  • Projective tests (e.g. TAT, House tree person)
  • Social emotional batteries (e.g. BASC, CBCL)

Psychoeducational Evaluation

School can be a very frustrating place for kids with learning issues. Often they feel like there is a mismatch between the effort they put into their schoolwork and the grades and feedback they receive. Our psychoeducational evaluations are designed to give students, parents, and teachers a blueprint to how these children learn most effectively. Through the assessment process we identify a child’s cognitive strengths and weaknesses to explain how these underlie their academic abilities. We provide an exhaustive set of practical and evidence based recommendations to help your child going forward.

These reports can serve as documentation that your child needs specific accommodations to ensure that they have equal access to demonstrate their knowledge on structured examinations. Recommendations may consist of accommodations for standardized testing, suggestions for school placement, recommendations for teachers and tutors within and outside of the classroom, as well as specific suggestions for individual and family treatment.

Our assessments can also help to determine whether a full neuropsychological evaluation is needed and facilitate a referral to an appropriate provider.

Is Psychoeducational Evaluation a fit for me?

  • Children, adolescents and adults with learning and/or emotional difficulties impacting their growth academically
  • Families in need of in depth understanding of how their children learn and how to best support their individual strengths and weaknesses
  • Students who may have ADHD or a learning disability impeding their ability to take standardized tests (e.g. when in need of SAT or ACT accommodations).

Areas of assessment and measures include, but are not limited to*:

  • Attention, learning and memory (e.g.NEPSY-2, D-KEFS, CPT-II, WRAML-2)
  • Cognitive (e.g. WPPSI, WISC-V, WAIS-IV)
  • Visual-Motor Perception(e.g. Beery VMI-6, Bender-Gestalt-II, Purdue Pegboard Test)
  • Achievement (e.g. WIAT, WJ-IV, BASI, SATA, KTEA-II
  • Reading, Language, and School Readiness(e.g. BOEHM-3, CELF, CTOPP-II, GORT-5, TOWL-III, Nelson Denny Reading Test, Gates MacGinitie Reading Test)
  • Behavior scales and personality measures(e.g. BDI, BASC-2, BRIEF, TAT, CBCL, Conner’s Rating Scale, MMPI)

In addition to assessment, we also provide the following services:

  • Observation of your child within their school
  • Consultation with existing and other therapists or support service providers
  • Attendance at IEP meetings as requested
  • Advocacy for your child’s needs within their school based on treatment recommendations

 

*For full listing of our measures please contact us for further information.

 

Fill out the getting started form and select assessment only. You will receive a follow up phone call to determine your needs and receive expert consultation to determine which assessment will best address your goals.