Psychological Testing

Psychological Testing for children and adults is now available at the Relationship Center of South Florida. These evaluations provide a detailed understanding of how a person functions and relates to the world around them. Psychological testing provides useful information to therapists, psychiatrists and schools – to facilitate academic, interpersonal, and occupational success. These services are provided by Dr. Douglas Jones, a post-doctoral psychology fellow with several years of assessment experience in private practice, university treatment centers, and educational settings. Dr. Jones provides several types of psychological testing:

Psychological Evaluation

Psychological Evaluation generally refers to the use of testing instruments and procedures designed to explore an individual’s cognitive, personality, and emotional functioning. The general goal of psychological testing is to gather information about current emotional functioning, personality style, and areas of concern that may be targets for treatment. It is used to determine diagnoses such as

  • ADHD and ADD
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Depression
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • OCD
  • Personality Disorders

Psychological testing and assessment is not limited to diagnosing issues and problems. Dr. Jones also provides testing services to individuals and employees in order to assist them in learning more about their strengths and weaknesses. The results of these tests can guide parents, schools, and individuals to build an environment that maximizes one’s potential.

Neuropsychological Testing

Neuropsychological Testing or assessment refers to the in-depth measurement of various cognitive abilities such as problem solving, memory, attention, cognitive processing, and mental fluency. These assessments will provide detailed information about a person’s unique cognitive profile. Based on the neuropsychological evaluation, Dr. Jones can identify a client’s cognitive strengths, learning style, and potential areas of cognitive weakness. Dr. Jones can then recommend targeted interventions including specific strategies for overcoming difficulties, cognitive training programs, as well as making referrals for psychotherapy or psychopharmacological treatment (medications).

Psychoeducational Testing

A Psychoeducational Evaluation can be used to determine whether a behavioral or psychological issue or disorder may be significantly impacting a student’s academic performance. Examples of disorders that may be revealed by psychoeducational testing include

  • ADHD or ADD
  • Specific Learning Disorders (such as Reading Disorder or Math Disorder)
  • Dyslexia
  • Nonverbal Learning Disability

These disorders can often keep a student from achieving academic success. The evaluation may include parent, teacher, and child interviews, behavioral observations, formal test administration, a psychoeducational report, personalized feedback to parents, recommendations, and school consultation.

The resulting report and findings are then utilized to make placement decisions, or to assist schools and other organizations in developing appropriate interventions and accommodations that will help the student maximize his or her potential. Students with a range of cognitive, attentional, emotional, and learning disabilities may qualify for specific accommodations such as extended time when taking standardized tests or entrance examinations such as the FCAT, ACT, SAT, LSAT, MCAT, GMAT and GRE.

Gifted Testing

A Gifted Evaluation consists of utilizing IQ and  achievement tests to evaluate whether a child may benefit from placement in a more rigorous and intellectually stimulating academic program at school. Gifted evaluations can be conducted within a 2-3 hour session. Parents will receive a report that can be used by the child’s school in order to make a placement decision.

Dr. Jones also provides an optional, brief, gifted screening IQ test.  This 30-minute test allows us to see if your child’s IQ scores are close enough to warrant the full IQ test.  This screening test is optional and results are usually given within a day of testing.  If you decide to proceed with the full gifted evaluation, your payment will apply toward the full testing cost.

If you are interested in any of the above services, we will set up an initial appointment so that we may better understand your psychological evaluation needs. Dr. Jones will discuss your specific concerns and how he can be of service. Generally the evaluation can be scheduled within a week, and the report is often ready within 2 weeks after testing is complete. Dr. Jones always meets with you in person to explain the results, provide recommendations, and answer any questions or concerns.

Please contact us today to learn more about testing services.