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ViewPoint Center's clinical staff administers an assessment process in order to diagnose and form treatment plans for their patients. Some of these evaluations are neuropsychological in nature and others are psychological. But what is the difference between them? And what benefits do each provide struggling teens?
Dr. Jordan Rigby, Director of Assessment at ViewPoint Center explains that, like in most fields, there are many different types of psychologists, with the most common school specializing in clinical psychology, like she did. A clinical psychologist is someone who can assess, diagnose and treat psychological and mental health problems. These can include, but are not limited to, psychiatric disorders such as anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress disorder etc. A clinical psychologist will assess a child's history, intellectual abilities, basic academic skills, and conduct a personality assessment.
Early in Dr. Rigby’s training, he was exposed to the specialty of clinical neuropsychology. This is the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of psychological disorders associated with brain-based conditions. Neuropsychology relates to the cognitive, behavioral, and emotional deficits resulting from patterns of cognitive strengths and weakness in someone with difficulties associated specifically to psychiatric (e.g., depression), neurodevelopmental (e.g., autism spectrum), and neurocognitive (e.g., traumatic brain injury) disorders. This requires post-doctoral training and supervision in addition to a clinical (pre-doctoral) internship.
A neuropsychological assessment differs from the psychological evaluations conducted by a clinical psychologist. Unlike traditional psychological evaluations, neuropsychological evaluations:
- use a series of tests to assess various areas of cognition and behavior. These areas include: memory, attention, learning, processing speed, and abstract reasoning. This information is linked back to brain structures, to provide information regarding the impact of any identified areas of difficulty on a person's everyday functioning.
- include detailed investigation of a child's developmental, medical, social, and psychological history. This is in addition to an extensive testing battery that examines intellectual, academic, attention, executive functioning, language, visuospatial, visuoconstructional, memory, and fine motor skills.
The results of a neuropsychological assessment are intended to identify not merely any intellectual or learning difficulties, but also any other cognitive or psychological difficulty that may be a contributing to an adolescent’s profile.
ViewPoint Center utilizes neuropsychological assessments along with psychological evaluations to provide patients with the most comprehensive assessment process possible.
About the 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.