Psychological Assessments

The Delton Glebe Counselling Centre would like to announce that we are now providing Psychological Assessments conducted by a Registered Clinical Psychologist.

We are excited to welcome Dr. Dillon Browne, C. Psych., and his colleague Lindsay Smart MSW to our team here in the Waterloo Region. 

Dr. Dillon Browne, C. Psych., is tenured at the University of Waterloo and is a Tier II Canada Research Chair in Child and Family Clinical Psychology. He focusses on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) in individuals.

Lindsay Smart, MSW, is a Clinical Counsellor/therapist at the University of Guelph. She has worked at CMHA/FACS/St Joes and works with Dr. Browne in completing assessments. In her private practice, Lindsay focusses on clients with Borderline Personality Disorders (BPD). 

The Glebe is currently scheduling psychosocial, developmental, educational, and behavioural assessments for individuals from the ages of 8 to 30. Fees range from $3500 to $4700 depending on the assessment required.  Assessments provide a comprehensive evaluation of cognitive abilities, learning styles, and academic performance and are often required for students seeking accommodations. They can identify or clarify diagnosis including ADHD (Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder), OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), autism and more. 

At present there is no wait list. For more information or to schedule an intake, please contact the Glebe Centre at 226-898-4016 and ask to speak with Elma Plant, or email Elma at glebecentre@wlu.ca.

FAQ – Psychological assessment 

Q: Why was my child or adolescent referred for a psychological assessment?

Children and adolescents who are referred for a psychological assessment are referred by the school team, physician, or other clinician (such as a therapist or counsellor). Generally, children and youth who are referred have a history of struggles or challenges and have received/require additional personal or academic support. The purpose of the assessment is to provide information to parents and teachers regarding the child/youth’s learning requirements,  intellectual ability, behavior, mental health, and social-emotional profile. 

Common referral reasons are to provide diagnostic clarification regarding:

      • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
      • Autism Spectrum Disorders
      • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
      • Eating Disorders
      • Anxiety and Depression Concerns
      • Disruptive Behavior Problems (Oppositional Defiant Disorder)
      • Learning disabilities (i.e., dyslexia, math, nonverbal, processing, etc.)
      • Social skills/functioning
      • Study skills, organization, and executive functioning
      • Exceptionalities 

Q: How should I prepare my child/youth for an assessment?

It is important to talk to your child/youth about what will happen before any procedure, including an assessmentChildren/youth feel less anxious when they know what to expectAdults do tooEnsure that they know that there will NOT be a physical exam so no needles, poking or proddingIt might be helpful to let them know that there might be some play-like elements such as games and puzzlesOlder children/youth should be told that there will be school-type work but no marks or grades are assigned. 

Q: Who will assess my child?

Psychological assessments are conducted by registered and/or supervised professionals who may include registered psychologists, registered psychological associates, and psychoeducational consultants. All psychology team members have extensive post-graduate training in child development, learning processes, social-emotional development, and psychological health and wellness. The assessor(s) the Glebe uses are certified to perform assessments within the scope of their practice. 

Q: What should I bring the day(s) of the assessment?

If your child/youth wears glasses or hearing aids, make sure that they are brought to the assessment.  Also, if your child/youth is insulin dependent, ensure the assessor knows of any snack/break requirements.  Alert the assessor of any other medical needs or concerns PRIOR to the day of the assessment. 

If possible, also bring copies of recent report cards, copies of previous assessments of any kinds (psychological, speech, hearing, language, OT). If your child has an IEP (Individual Education Plan), please bring that as well. 

Q: What is involved in a psychological assessment?

First, the psychology team member will meet with the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) (if the client is under the age of 18) to provide information about the assessment and implications in order for the parent/guardian to make an informed decision on proceeding with the assessment. 

Once the parent/guardian agrees to an assessment, the psychology team member will spend time with the parent/guardian reviewing the child’s/youth  developmental history and any medical concerns or issues, in order to develop an understanding of the child/youth’s personality and how the child functions within the family and the community. 

 

The psychology team member will then gather information from parents/guardians, and if possible, from teachers.  They will also review all existing documents including any available professional reports. 

The psychology team will administer a variety of standardized tests based on the referral question. Measures that are commonly administered include standardized tests of intellectual ability, academic achievement, attention and information processing, perceptual motor skills, learning and memory, language skills, personality, socio-emotional functioning, and adaptive functioning. 

The psychology team member then gathers all the information, including test scores, analyses all measures administered, and concludes about the nature of the difficulties and strategies necessary to help the child/youth be more successful in all relevant areas. 

 

The psychology team member then writes a complete report, and the results are shared with the parents/guardians.

Q: How long does it take?

Children/youth are seen in a one-on-one setting over a few sessions to avoid fatigue and promote optimal performance. A typical break down of the assessment is as follows:  

    • 3-4 hours of interviewing/talking with teachers and parents, reviewing reports, and possibly observing the student at school. 
    • 6-10 hours of test administration. 
    • 10-12 hours to score tests, write the report, and share the information with parents/guardians.  The process takes place over several weeks and varies with the number of measures used and the child’s ability to focus and concentrate for extended periods. 

Q: What happens with the report?

The original report is stored in the child/youth’s confidential clinical file which is securely maintained until the child/youth reaches 21 years of ageIf the individual assessed is over the age of 18, the report is securely maintained for a period of 10 years. Parents/guardians will receive a copy of the report. 

Q: Who is this information shared with?

Access to the file is determined by the parents/guardiansIf the assessment has been arranged for and paid for by a third party (such as a school) that third party will also be given access to the results. The information in the psychological assessment cannot be released without parental permission. In rare cases the information can be requested by the court.  

For more information about any of these events please call
519-884-3305
Or email us at glebecentre@wlu.ca