Psychological Testing

Designing an individual therapeutic plan for each individual client is vital for effective drug and alcohol addiction treatment. For this reason, at Beginnings Treatment Centers we conduct a battery of psychological tests to assess the patient’s condition prior to constructing a personalized addiction treatment plan. Part of these tests includes an assessment of how dangerous he or she is to others and his or herself.

Through psychological testing as part of the addiction treatment plan, we can understand the quality of a patient’s judgment, insight, abstract reasoning skills and more.

This is done in order to devise a specific strategy to provide the optimal setting for the individual client, and the optimal treatment plan for him or her as a unique individual.

All psychological testing occurs at our Orange County Clinical Addiction Treatment Facility.

Procedures for Psychological Testing

Therapist talking with two clients

The psychological testing administered by our expert therapists begins with the observation of the patient. Data gathered during the observation period is collated following an interview between professional and patient. The therapist notes the clients expressions, appearance, speech patterns, mood and other ticks and quirks.

Only at the conclusion of this procedure and after the data have been organized will the formulation of an addiction treatment plan commence.

The results of this evaluation enable our team to deliver the most effective treatment possible, ensuring the opportunity for a full and lasting recovery for each of our patients.

Our modern and effective drug and alcohol rehab center provides a safe space where you or your loved one can undergo the comprehensive psychological testing that will serve as the first step on the road to a joyous and lasting recovery.

Types of Psychological Tests

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Psychological testing for rehab programs

The Test of Variables of Attention (TOVA) for ADHD is one kind of psychological testing we offer here at Beginnings Treatment Centers. TOVA is a computerized attention test that helps screen for, diagnose and even treat ADHD and other attention disorders. We believe an accurate diagnosis and personalized treatment plan are essential aspects in providing appropriate mental health treatment, especially for addictive disorders.

Many times, clients have co-occurring disorders, such as attention deficit disorder with addiction or attention deficit disorder with alcoholism. Adults, in addition to children and adolescents, can suffer from attention deficit disorder (ADD) or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Our treatment plans may combine a variety of therapies and at times include prescription drugs. TOVA is often used by licensed clinicians, nurse clinicians, licensed clinical social workers, psychologists, physicians, pediatricians and other health professionals so they can accurately diagnose and treat various attention disorders.

Attention disorders are not uncommon and can be treated effectively. However, it is essential to undergo the proper tests to ensure the diagnosis is accurate as many disorders can have symptoms that are similar. Before coming up with an individualized treatment plan, we take care to ensure we have a thorough understanding of your needs and diagnoses.

The screening version of the TOVA test is used primarily in non-clinical settings, such as in schools, rehab programs and in human resource departments. We believe that offering a variety of psychological testing enables us to better confirm diagnoses, and help us to better treat our clients and their families. To learn more about our testing and treatment options, contact Beginnings Treatment Centers today.

Ensuring effective mental health treatment plans

Million Clinical Multiaxial Inventory – III (MCMI-III) for Personality Disorders and Clinical Disorder is a form of psychological testing available here at Beginnings Treatment Centers. Consisting of 175 true-false questions, this test provides a measure of 24 personality disorders and clinical syndromes for adults who are undergoing psychiatric or psychological assessment and treatment.

While this test is specifically designed to treat Axis I and Axis II disorders, it helps clinicians effectively provide psychiatric diagnosis so they can develop an effective treatment plan that considers the patient’s personality style and coping pattern. Using this, treatment is then based on the client’s overall personality pattern.

In order for us to effectively treat patients in ourrehab program, we must be able to accurately assess the needs and diagnose the disorder. Often, we find co-occurring disorders or the client has a dual diagnosis. By doing a complete and thorough assessment, we can ensure the client is getting the personalized treatment plan that he or she deserves. With that focus, we are much more likely to see the desired results during the mental health treatment program.

If you or a family member is struggling with the reality of substance abuse, alcohol abuse or some kind of mental health disorder, we can provide you the help you need today. Contact us to learn about our assessments and psychological testing so we can come up with a custom catered treatment plan. Working together, we can help you overcome the obstacles you are facing so you can regain control of your life.

Psychological testing to provide effective rehab solutions

The Wechsler Abbreviated Scale of Intelligence (WASI) is a screen for non-verbal, verbal and general cognitive ability. This particular screen is used for intellectual ability. This particular screen is used in educational, clinical and research settings to measure cognitive ability and plays an important part in a person’s mental health treatment. It offers significant clinical efficiency and utility. The screen can let the clinician know if an in-depth intellectual assessment is warranted for the individual.

The WASI allows flexible administration options and has four sub-tests, including vocabulary, similarities, block design and matrix reasoning. The test is effective in determining a student’s academic needs and strengths based on ability-achievement discrepancy analysis. This screen is effective in helping to determine if a student needs a specialized class setting so their individual learning requirements can be properly addressed.

Other advantages to the screen are that it is easy to administer and scoring is done manually. In addition to helping with academic placement, the WASI can assist in mental health treatment programs, so it can be determined if the client needs additional testing in order to have their needs properly met during the rehab program. Beginnings Treatment Centers offers a variety of psychological testing and cognitive screening options.

To learn more about our treatment and therapy programs, as well as our psychological screening and testing options, call us today. We take the time to thoroughly assess the needs of every client we serve. Our goal is using a personalized approach to ensure success.

On track for successful rehab

The Symptom Checklist-90-R (SCL-90-R) for helping to diagnose depression, anxiety and OCD is another form of psychological testing we use here at Beginnings Treatment Centers. The SCL-90-R can effectively be used with clients who are 13 and older. Consisting of 90 items, it takes about 15 minutes to administer. Written on a sixth grade reading level, there are multiple ways to administer this screen. It can be done by CD, computer or online administration or by paper and pencil. This test is used for adolescent and adult screens.

It is a very flexible test and can be used for clients in substance abuse rehab, dual diagnosis rehab and alcohol addiction treatment.

The SCL-90-R is used by psychiatrists, psychologists and medical and mental health professionals in educational, medical and mental health settings. It is sometimes used as the initial evaluation of a client to provide symptom assessment. While it can be completed quickly, the test can measure 9 primary symptom dimensions and can provide an accurate overview of a patient’s symptoms and their severity. As many as 5 previous administrations of the test on the client can be accessed, providing a detailed progress report that helps the clinician see if the treatment is providing the desired results.

This test can effectively be used in a variety of rehab settings to ensure that the client’s mental health treatment plan is progressing as desired and to check if any adjustments need to be made in the approach.

It can also help assess for dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorders. Contact Beginnings Treatment Centers to learn more about our testing and treatment options.

Helping plan for effective mental health treatment

The Kaufman Short Neuropsychological Assessment Procedure (KSNAP) for Cognitive Functioning is a test used for adolescents and adults ranging from 11 to 85 years of age. This particular test yields three subtest scores and two composite scores in addition to a descriptive category for mental status. It can help us determine if someone has adrug and alcohol abuseproblem.

This test is divided into attention-orientation, which is mental status; simple memory and perceptual skills, which is number recall and Gestalt closure; and complex intellectual functioning and planning ability, known as four-letter words. Performance can be interpreted using normative scores that are age-based. An 8-point impairment index can be used to identify those who may require additional diagnostic testing.

The KSNAP is convenient because it provides a cognitive evaluation that is short, but it can also be used for a more thorough and comprehensive intellectual or neuropsychological assessment. Psychological screening plays an important role in effective mental health treatment because a client cannot have an effective treatment plan if the diagnosis is not known and the symptoms are not understood.

We also use the KSNAP to get a better understanding of clients in our various rehab programs, so we can see the whole picture and make sure we are accurately addressing all of the client’s needs. Contact Beginnings Treatment Centers to learn more about our rehab services and our psychological testing availability. We help clients of all ages overcome obstacles ranging from drug and alcohol abuse to depression, anxiety and other diagnoses.

Effective guidance in mental health treatment and substance abuse treatment

The Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MOCA) for Cognitive Functioning is a test that is used to help discover mild cognitive impairments, which can occur early on in many conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Huntington disease, brain tumors, Lewy Body, vascular cognitive impairment, sleep apnea, ALS, heart failure, schizophrenia, head trauma, and several othermental health treatments.

Here at Beginnings Treatment Centers, we use it as one of our psychological assessments for clients in our mental health treatment program or those entering substance abuse treatment. In-depth tests enable us to have a better overview of the needs of a client so we can incorporate therapies and treatments that will benefit that individual much more than others.

While some test only uncover advanced problems, the MOCA is different because it catches issues early on before they can be noticed by everyone. This form of screening is beneficial because it can help with early intervention, enabling an effective combination of treatment and prescription drugs to help the client as much as possible at this point of the diagnosis.

To learn more about our rehab programs or about our psychological assessments, call us. We work diligently to have an accurate assessment of every client’s individual needs when they come to us seeking answers and assistance. We effectively treat various diagnoses and clients of varying ages. We work with you to help you attain your goals.

Coming up with answers for rehab

The Thematic Apperception Test (TAT) – Projective Test for Lifetime Themes/Struggles is a test that delves into an active system that encompasses a lifetime filled with hidden memories, including the individual’s deepest instincts and desires and the inner struggle to control such forces. This is another psychological assessment offered atBeginnings Treatment Centers. We asses a person’s mental condion and determine if they need mental health treatment.

A projective psychological test, this test has proponents who believe that an individual’s responses reveal underlying concerns, motives and the way that person views the social world in the stories that create in regards to ambiguous pictures of people. This test can be effective in uncovering the perception and views of an individual.

The TAT is sometimes used in helping to reveal to which kinds of therapy a client would better respond. Psychological testing plays a significant role in successful rehab so the clinician can create a personalized treatment plan that is much more likely to evoke positive results. Beginnings Treatment Centers offers a variety of psychological tests and therapy options.

We have clinicians who have been thoroughly trained in the TAT so it can be used as an assessment tool to benefit the needs of various clients. Call us today to learn more about how we can conduct psychological testing to assess the needs of you or a loved one. Our goal is to help you overcome the obstacles and get the results you need to regain control of your life and your relationships.

Helping develop a mental health treatment plan

The Trauma and Attachment Belief Scale (TABS) is used to identify beliefs about oneself and others related to trauma. Used by clinicians, educators and researchers, it can assess the long-term impact of trauma and enable clinicians to design effective mental health treatmentplan focusing on the needs of the individual. The TABS can be used on clients ages 9 and older and on those who have experienced any kind of traumatic event in their life.

This assessment emphasizes the five needs that are impacted from a traumatic experience. Those five needs include trust, safety, intimacy, esteem and control. The test produces 10 scale scores in regards to “beliefs about others” and “beliefs about self”. A total score that combines those 10 scale scores is also provided. Each items is rated by the client on a 6-point scale. Trauma can have a variety of effects, such as one’s view of self, coping styles, defenses, worldview, and their psychological needs and more, it is imperative to fully assess the situation and uncover the true needs of the client.

The TABS is effective in assessing PTSD clients, trauma survivors and those who are experiencing other psychological issues. Here at Beginnings Treatment Centers, we conduct testing to help derive effective mental health treatment plan, uncover hidden needs and make formal diagnoses. We work to see that all clients get the personalized treatment their needs require. Working together, we can ensure rehab is successful.

Effective mental health treatment for those suffering from trauma

The Trauma Symptom Inventory -2 (TSI-2) identifies the symptoms of many disorders, including self-disturbance, PTSD, externalization and somatization that is the result of trauma. Compared to other tests used to measure the symptoms of post-traumatic disorders, the TSI-2 is unique. It is a multi-scale instrument that includes 10 scales of the various forms of clinical psychopathology in relation to a past history of psychological trauma. To assess the attitude of the test-taker, there are three different validity scales.

Research has proven that the TSI-2 is effective in assessing the needs of the client and can help uncover the depth of the emotional scars that resulted from the traumatic event. Those who have experienced a traumatic event can benefit from mental health treatment programs. Here at Beginnings Treatment Centers, we try to create a personalized treatment program that directly focuses on the needs of the individual. We understand different people may require differing kinds of therapy or other treatment options.

Our programs also include treatment for dual diagnosisofco-occurring disorders, such as alcohol abuse and PTSD. We work with you to help you attain your goals and overcome the various obstacles you may be facing as a result of your traumatic experience. Regardless of whether you served in the military or experienced trauma as a civilian, we can help you with a solution that will encourage you to regain control of your life.

Assessing co-occurring disorders

The Repeatable Battery for the Assessment of Neuropsychological Status (RBANS) for Cognitive Functioning is a psychological test that can be helpful in assessing cognitive functioning in bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and several other mental health issues, including co-occurring disorders, such as alcohol abuse and schizophrenia.

Because we treat clients struggling with a variety of disorders, including bipolar disorder and addiction, we work to offer a variety of psychological testing options and the various kinds of therapy and treatment so we can assess the needs of all individuals we encounter. Our intake process involves psychological assessments, which in some cases includes the RBANS. Based on previous diagnoses and symptoms, we can better understand which assessments will be more effective in the individual’s particular situation. This helps us build customized plans for the patient’s recovery.

We create personalized treatment plans that focus on the individual needs of a client. We realize not everyone can benefit from the same approaches and therapy options. With that being emphasized, we do thorough intakes that involve in-depth assessments.

To learn more about Beginnings Treatment Centers and our services, call us today. We have an experienced team of mental health professionals who are dedicated to helping our clients have a successful rehab experience. We work to help you overcome your obstacles so you can rebuild relationships and live a productive life. Here at our facility, we treat various mental health disorders, addictions and substance abuse problems and basically anything that can impact the mental well-being and emotional state of a client.