Often people enter college hoping that their future career inspiration will strike, but as they take class after class looking to find their passion, it never does. Other times, people will start out on one path, determined to make a career of it but as they continue, they realize they do like it or do not have the skill set necessary for it. In these situations, as well as others, a career planning assessment can often be helpful.
Career planning assessments are the most variable assessment we offer because it is based on your needs, rather than based on stringent diagnostic criteria or educational dictates. Most often, it is helpful to have a broad understanding of your cognitive strengths and weaknesses, your interests, your work style and your general personality style to help match all of those with potential careers. Therefore, most career assessments include:
- Cognitive Testing
- Interest Inventories
- Personality Inventories
- Record reviews
- Career-focused questionnaires
All of this testing usually takes between 4-6 hours and is done over the course of 2-3 sessions. It then takes 2 weeks to score, interpret and write the report, which will be presented in a 1-2 hour feedback session.
During the feedback session, a full report, as well as a feedback report, will be reviewed and given to you. The full report will include all of the data gathered, including a complete history as well as a discussion of the results and recommendations. The feedback summary is a shorter, more approachable document that discusses the highlights- your strengths and weakness, your interests and personality styles as they pertain to work and career, your best-fit career paths as well as our recommendations.
Usually, the first step of a diagnostic assessment is the initial consultation during which a plan for what tests will be performed and what the referral question is determined. From there, an idea for how long the testing will take and how much it will cost can be made. Most diagnostic assessments entail a variety of types of tests such as:
- A full clinical interview
- Cognitive testing
- Personality inventories
- Emotional functioning
- Social functioning inventories
- Projective measures of personality and psychological functioning
- Consultation with other providers and loved ones
Depending on the scope of testing it can take between 6-10 hours of in-person testing which is completed over the course of 3-4 sessions. It then takes 2 weeks to score, interpret and write up the results of the testing. These results are then presented in a 1.5-2 hour long feedback session.
During the feedback session, 2 reports will be presented: A full clinical report and a feedback report.
The full clinical report includes all the data that was collected over the course of testing, including a comprehensive history, the results of all the tests, a clinical discussion of the results, a summary, diagnosis and specific recommendations for treatment and ways to address concerns brought up during testing.
The feedback report includes just the highlights of that clinical report: the summary, diagnosis, and recommendations; written in clear, direct and easy to understand language.
The feedback session is a time for you to both hear the impressions and conclusions of the examiner as well as for you to be able to ask questions. It is our goal to have every client have a full and clear understanding of the issues they are facing, their strengths and weaknesses and the way they interplay as well. We want each person to feel that they have a clear direction forward for each of their concerns that was uncovered throughout the evaluation with specific and individualized recommendations.