All Kinds of News for November 08, 2017
ViewPoint Center evaluates and assesses the behavioral and emotional challenges their patients are experiencing. Their multidisciplinary team allows for 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. A useful neuropsychological assessment will include a few key elements.
What are the keys to a good assessment?
Context of the individual
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.
We also must gather information related to the patient’s therapeutic and medical status. Without a full medical and therapeutic evaluation, a neuropsychological assessment is limited.
Even with advances in imaging technology and medicine, it is anticipated that clinical neuropsychological assessments will continue to be used because individuals can present with no detectable imaging or medical concerns. These individuals can still have substantial cognitive and functional limitations. The possibility of a medical concern being a contributing factor to neuropsychological deficits needs to be addressed in a full assessment.
Familiarity with the patient
One area that is key to an assessment is time spent familiarizing oneself with the patient beyond the numbers and data acquired from testing. This results in a report that is about an individual rather than simply explaining numerical performance.
In a home setting, parents could follow their child around for a few weeks. In an outpatient setting this isn't possible. ViewPoint Center creates a third option, where residential staff, therapists and management have 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.