Brown’s ADD/ADHD Assessment
From more than 25 years of clinical interviews and research with children, adolescents and adults who have ADD/ADHD, Dr. Brown has developed an expanded model to describe the complex cognitive functions impaired in ADD Syndrome. This model describes executive functions, the cognitive management system of the human brain.
Drug Screening – 5 & 10 Panel Tests
JASAE (Juvenile Automated Substance Abuse Evaluation)
The JASAE Assessment is a 107-question, automated adolescent substance abuse evaluation. This instrument simplifies the difficult task of conducting assessments with juveniles by focusing on age and life situations as part of the substance abuse assessment. The JASAE incorporates the differences in life situations for juveniles, including: living at home, going to school and not having a job or a family to support.
Mental Status Exam
The Mental Status Examination
The mental health status examination (MSE) forms one component of the assessment of an individual. It augments other assessment components such as the history of the presenting complaint and provides cues as to what more detailed assessment needs to take place e.g. cognitive assessment or psychometric testing. While aspects of the person’s history remain static (although open to revision) the mental status of an individual is dynamic.
The mental status examination provides a way to structure data about aspects of the individual’s mental functioning. It typically follows a specific form followed by all health professionals with observations recorded under headings.
Some data can be obtained informally, or while obtaining other components of the person’s history. However some questioning is usually needed.
The Mental Status Exam has the following general elements, which are further divided into
1) General Appearance
2) Psychomotor behaviour
3) Mood and affect
6) Thought Patterns
7) Level of Consciousness
There is some variability in how the MSE is structured. It takes a considerable amount of skill and practice to obtain the information required.
The Personality Diagnostic Questionnaire is a 100 item, self-administered, true-false questionnaire that yields diagnoses consistent with the DSM-IV diagnostic criteria for the Axis II Disorders. It takes approximately 20-30 minutes to complete
Professional Personal Assessments
Psychological Testing is a field characterized by the use of samples of behavior in order to assess psychological construct(s), such as cognitive and emotional functioning, about a given individual. The technical term for the science behind psychological testing is psychometrics. By samples of behavior, one makes observations over time of an individual performing tasks that have usually been prescribed beforehand, which often means scores on a test. These responses are often compiled into statistical tables that allow the evaluator to compare the behavior of the individual being tested to the responses of a norm group.
Taylor-Johnson Temperament Analysis
Taylor-Johnson Temperament Analysis® (T-JTA®) Personality Assessment for Individuals, Couples, Families, and Relationship
Counseling Authors: Robert M. Taylor and Lucile P. Morrison