Oceanside Family Therapy - & Assessments
Adult Assessments

There are a variety of useful tools that can assist in evaluation and treatment of various needs from ADHD or Career Counseling to Mental Illness, Competency or Psychopathology.  All assessment results are completely confidential unless explicitly requested by the client.

COMPREHENSIVE ASSESSMENT OF ADD/ADHD

"Adult version is comprehensive and highly reliable
The CAT-A is a 108-item self-report instrument that is sensitive to the symptomatology of attentional deficits both with and without hyperactivity for adults.

  • Consists of two parts: Part 1 (Childhood Memories) assesses the individual’s memories of his or her behaviors and sensations as a child; Part 2 (Current Symptoms) assesses parallel issues in adulthood.
  • Clinical index scores are provided for both parts separately and for the summation of the parts.
  • Three validity scales—Negative Impression, Infrequency, and Positive Impression—are embedded within the instrument.
  • Linkage to DSM-IV™ diagnostic criteria with comprehensive content coverage both within and across scales/clusters assists you in rendering differential diagnoses.
  • Context clusters indicate contexts in which ADD/ADHD symptoms are most problematic, whereas locus clusters indicate the extent to which ADD/ADHD symptoms are experienced internally as sensations or experienced as symptoms on which overt behaviors are acted."

MARITAL SATISFACTION INVENTORY REVISED - MSI-R

The revised edition of the MSI assesses the nature and extent of conflict within a marriage or relationship.

  • Excellent for use at the beginning of marital therapy to guide subsequent treatment, the instrument helps couples communicate hard-to-express feelings. Also useful for premarital counseling and for use with separated couples attempting reconciliation.
  • Helps you identify relationship issues that may be contributing to individual or family problems, including depression, substance abuse, and trouble with children or adolescents.
  • Scores for both partners can be plotted on a single profile/answer form. The profile highlights the primary concerns of each partner, clearly indicating differences in their perceptions of the relationship.
  • Normative data were collected from 2,040 people (1,020 intact couples) whose demographics approximated the U.S. population in regard to geographic region, education, and ethnicity; gender-specific norms are provided.

PERSONALITY ASSESSMENTS

"The Myers–Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) assessment is a psychometric questionnaire designed to measure psychological preferences in how people perceive the world and make decisions."

"The purpose of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) personality inventory is to make the theory of psychological types described by C. G. Jung understandable and useful in people's lives. The essence of the theory is that much seemingly random variation in the behavior is actually quite orderly and consistent, being due to basic differences in the ways individuals prefer to use their perception and judgment."

"Perception involves all the ways of becoming aware of things, people, happenings, or ideas. Judgment involves all the ways of coming to conclusions about what has been perceived. If people differ systematically in what they perceive and in how they reach conclusions, then it is only reasonable for them to differ correspondingly in their interests, reactions, values, motivations, and skills."

Personality Assessment Inventory™ (PAI®)

This objective inventory of adult personality assesses psychopathological syndromes and provides information relevant for clinical diagnosis, treatment planning, and screening for psychopathology.

The 344 PAI items constitute 22 nonoverlapping scales covering the constructs most relevant to a broad-based assessment of mental disorders: four validity scales, 11 clinical scales, five treatment scales, and two interpersonal scales. To facilitate interpretation and to cover the full range of complex clinical constructs, 10 scales contain conceptually derived subscales.

  • Clinical scales provide critical diagnostic features of 11 important clinical constructs. These 11 scales may be divided into three broad classes of disorders: those within the neurotic spectrum, those within the psychotic spectrum, and those associated with behavior disorder or impulse control problems.
  • Treatment scales indicate potential complications in treatment. These five scales include two indicators of potential for harm to self or others, two measures of the respondent’s environmental circumstances, and one indicator of the respondent’s motivation for treatment.
  • Interpersonal scales provide valuable information regarding the client’s relationships and interactions. Interpersonal style is assessed along two dimensions: a warmly affiliative versus a cold rejecting style, and a dominating/controlling versus a meekly submissive style.
  • Two scales assess pathology. The Borderline Features scale is the only PAI scale that has four subscales, reflecting the factorial complexity of the construct. The Antisocial Features scale includes three subscales: one assessing antisocial behaviors and the other two assessing antisocial traits.
  • Critical Items form alerts you to issues that require immediate attention. This form lists 27 items (distributed across nine content areas) that suggest behavior or psychopathology that may demand immediate attention. They are identified as critical based on two criteria: indications of a potential crisis situation and a very low endorsement rate in normal individuals.

BECK DEPRESSION INVENTORY (BDI-II)

"The Beck Depression Inventory (BDI, BDI-1A, BDI-II), is a 21-question multiple-choice self-report inventory, one of the most widely used psychometric tests for measuring the severity of depression. Its development marked a shift among mental health professionals, who had until then, viewed depression from a psychodynamic perspective, instead of it being rooted in the patient's own thoughts.

In its current version, the BDI-II is designed for individuals aged 13 and over, and is composed of items relating to symptoms of depression such as hopelessness and irritability, cognitions such as guilt or feelings of being punished, as well as physical symptoms such as fatigue, weight loss, and lack of interest in sex.

Depression can be thought of as having two components: the affective component (e.g. mood) and the physical or "somatic" component (e.g. loss of appetite). The BDI-II reflects this and can be separated into two subscales. The purpose of the subscales is to help determine the primary cause of a patient's depression."

INTELLIGENCE TESTING (IQ)

"Intelligence Testing provides an estimate of cognitive ability for psychiatric or vocational rehabilitation evaluations; it also helps to identify learning disabilities, mental retardation, giftedness, neuropsychological impairments, and other exceptionalities.

The WRIT/Wide Range Intelligent Test assesses both verbal and nonverbal abilities, yielding a Verbal IQ and a Visual IQ, which generate a General IQ when combined and is a highly reliable assessment of cognitive abilities that can be used with individuals ages 4-85 years. 

Standardized on 2,285 individuals, the WRIT produces IQs that are highly correlated with those from traditional and much lengthier cognitive measures, including the WISC-III (.90) and the WAIS-III (.91)."*

*Descriptions and data were quoted directly from assessments' technical information.
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