All Kinds of News for August 09, 2017
The ViewPoint Center evaluates and assesses the behavioral and emotional challenges that their patients are experiencing. Their multidisciplinary team provides a well-rounded view of each patient. They utilize the perspectives of every single one of their staff members in order to gain an in depth understanding of their patients.
Neuropsychological assessments are one of the tools they utilize to evaluate teens. ViewPoint Center’s Assessment Director Jordan Rigby, PsyD, explains some of the most important elements of the assessment process:
What are neuropsychological assessments?
A neuropsychological evaluation is the application of performance-based assessments of various cognitive skills. Neuropsychological assessments measure many functions including learning/memory, attention/concentration, processing speed, reasoning, judgment, problem-solving and language usage.
Keys to a Good Assessment
A useful neuropsychological assessment will include a few key elements.
Context of the patient
Evaluators must consider the context of the patient’s age, education, sex and cultural background. These factors can affect test performance and limit the conclusions that can be drawn from the evaluation.
They also must gather information related to the patient’s therapeutic, treatment and medical status. Without a full medical and therapeutic evaluation, a neuropsychological assessment's application is limited.
Even with advances in imaging technology and medicine, it is anticipated that clinical neuropsychological assessments will continue to be used because many individuals with psychological issues present with no detectable imaging or medical concerns. These individuals can still have substantial cognitive and functional limitations. The alternative of a medical concern being a contributing factor to neuropsychological deficits needs to be addressed in a full assessment.
Familiarizing with the patient
A significant aspect in an assessment is time spent familiarizing oneself with the patient beyond the measurements acquired from testing. This results in a report that is about an individual rather than testing performance.
When Dr. Rigby, Director of Clinical Assessment, was in private practice, he would tell parents that the best thing he can do is follow their child around for a few weeks. In an outpatient setting he was unable to do this, but at ViewPoint Center, Dr. Rigby has the opportunity to observe and interact on a very personal level.
About ViewPoint Center
ViewPoint Center, a mental health assessment center for teens ages 12-17, is located just outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. With a program lasting 6-7 weeks, ViewPoint Center provides superior assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and stabilization for teens struggling with mental and behavioral issues such as suicidal ideation, anxiety disorders, and eating disorders. In a safe, personalized environment, ViewPoint helps teens focus on the healing process.