Psychologists in London, Birmingham, Nottingham and Manchester & UK:
Our psychologists specialise in several areas of psychology: child psychology, occupational psychology, educational psychology, forensic psychology, neuropsychology, counselling psychology, and clinical psychology.
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What Is Psychological Assessment?
The term psychological assessment refers to an objective evaluation of an individual’s mental abilities or mental health by a psychologist. The psychological assessment will often involve evaluating the client’s behaviour, learning, thinking, and any mental health condition that they have. The psychological evaluation may include consultation with parents, other healthcare professionals and educationalists. Our expert psychologists may carry out objective psychological tests of memory; intelligence; personality; mental health; language; fine motor coordination; literacy and numeracy.
Why Should You have a Psychological Assessment?
You may require a psychological assessment to obtain extra time in examinations for you or your child. Psychological evaluations can often help lawyers to obtain special measures for individuals who have psychological conditions. A psychological assessment is also essential to determine whether or not an individual was technically capable of performing the alleged offence, and if so, whether there are any mitigating circumstances.
Psychological assessments are also relevant for those in employment who need reasonable adjustments or who need to establish whether or not they have a disability. Our expert witness psychologists have extensive experience of carrying out high-quality psychological assessments in these areas.
How Does the Psychologist Use Objective Psychological Tests?
Our process of psychological assessment uses a series of standardised psychological tests (these are often called psychometric tests). These psychometric tests will allow our expert psychologists to objectively probe the areas of strengths and the areas for further development. The test will allow our psychologists to establish whether or not the individual has or is likely to have the condition which they are being assessed for.
Are School Reports and Medical Records Analysed by the Psychologist?
In addition to the standardised tests, our psychologists will review the client’s clinical records and medical notes. This often necessitates reviewing previous school reports, assessments from other psychologists, psychiatrists, and social workers.
What Happens in the Psychologist’s Clinical Interview?
Our expert psychologists carry out detailed clinical interviews with the individual who is being assessed. In most cases, this involves taking a developmental history. In many cases, the interviews are structured around a set of themes used to help the psychologist evaluate the individual’s condition.
Does the Psychologist Talk to People that Know the Person to be Assessed Well?
Many of the assessments that our psychologists carry out also require our expert psychologists to obtain information from people that know the individual who is being assessed well. The information is typically gained from people that have known the individual for at least 12 months. In many cases, this will involve relatives as well as professionals.
How Are Psychological Observations Carried Out?
Our expert psychologists will typically carry out observations of children in the natural setting. This might be at home or in another environment. Our psychologists often use structured observation frameworks to collect information in an objective fashion.
Do you Offer Online Psychological Assessments by Skype or Zoom?
Some types of psychological assessment can be delivered entirely online, by Skype, Zoom or phone; other types of psychological assessment must be completed face-to-face or partly face-to-face to comply with test standards. Contact one of our expert psychologists who will be able to advise whether an online assessment will meet your needs.
How to Find Out More About Psychological Assessment
- What is a Psychological Assessment? – SickKids
- Benefits of Psychological Assessment for Children
- How A Psychological Assessment Can Benefit Your Child
- Understanding Psychological Testing and Assessment
- What is a Psychological Assessment?
What do Psychologists do?
"A psychologist studies normal and abnormal mental states from cognitive, emotional, and social processes and behaviour by observing, interpreting, and recording how individuals relate to one another and to their environments. To become a psychologist, a person often completes a graduate university degree in psychology, but in most jurisdictions, members of other behavioural professions (such as counsellors and psychiatrists) can also evaluate, diagnose, treat, and study mental processes.
Psychologists typically have one of two degrees (a professional doctorate such as a PsyD or PhD). The PhD prepares a psychologist to conduct scientific research for a career in academia; whereas, the PsyD prepares for clinical practice (e.g. testing, psychotherapy). Both PsyD and PhD programmes can prepare students to be licensed psychologists, and training in these types of programmes prepares graduates to take state licensing exams.
Within the two main categories are many further types of psychologists as reflected by the 56 professional classifications recognised by the APA, including clinical, counselling, and educational psychologists. Such professionals work with persons in a variety of therapeutic contexts. People often think of the discipline as involving only such clinical or counselling psychologists. While counselling and psychotherapy are common activities for psychologists, these applied fields are just two branches in the larger domain of psychology. There are other classifications such as industrial, organisational and community psychologists, whose professionals mainly apply psychological research, theories, and techniques to "real-world" problems of business, industry, social benefit organisations, government, and academia."
How do Psychologists Help People and Organisations?
The work of specific areas that our Expert Witness Psychologists are psychologists work in is summarised below:
Psychologists use excellent communication and listening skills to help people with psychological difficulties. This job role usually involves specialising in an area, such as:
Child Psychologists and Education Psychologists
Help children and young people to overcome difficulties and further their educational and psychological development, they advise Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunals
Occupational Psychologists and Business Psychologists
Assess staff and develop leaders and teams, help businesses improve their performance and increase employee job satisfaction they advise courts and Employment Tribunals
Occupational Health Psychologists: Work with organisations to improve mental health, wellbeing at work, they advise Employment Tribunals
Promoting healthy attitudes and behaviour, and helping patients and their families to cope with illness
Helping people resolve their problems and make decisions, particularly at stressful times in their lives
Helping patients with brain injuries and diseases to recover or improve their quality of life they are called on to advise courts and lawyers
Forensic Psychologists, Investigative Psychologist and Criminal Psychologists:
Using psychological theory to help investigate crimes, rehabilitate offenders and support prison staff, they advise courts and lawyers
Working with people to help them deal with conditions ranging from anxiety and stress to depression and mental illness they are frequently called on to give evidence in court and advise lawyers
Sports and Exercise Psychologists and Coaching Psychologists – working with individuals, teams and organisations to improve motivation and performance in coaching, training and competition.
How is Psychology Defined?
"Psychology is the study of how people think and behave – a combination of science and practice. Clinial psychology for example is using direct observation, interviews and techniques such as psychometric testing, they assess a patient’s problem. Treatment requires the cooperation of the patient and you will work in partnership with them to treat and manage their condition. This will usually take place over a series of sessions."
What is the Difference Between a Psychologist and a Psychiatrist?
Many people get psychiatrists and psychologists confused with each other psychiatrists prescribe medication, whereas psychologists do not.
The focus of a psychiatrist's training is in medicine, they are medical doctors first with additional training in the science of the human mind and behaviour. Psychologists are specialists in the human mind and behaviour.
"Both psychiatrists and psychologists understand how the brain works, our emotions, feelings and thoughts. Both can treat mental illness with psychological treatments (talking therapies)."
Psychologists of all specialities may work with the legal profession, in criminal and family proceedings forensic psycholgists specialise in work where people are in contact with the law, lawyers and the legal system.
What Forensic Psychologists do in More Detail
"The work forensic psychologists mainly relate to the assessment and treatment of criminal behaviour. They work not only with prisoners and offenders, but with other professionals involved in the judicial and penal systems as well as with victims of crime.
While they are will be involved in criminal profiling, they provide research-based evidence to develop policy and working practices, as well as give evidence in court and advise parole boards and mental health tribunals. The forensic psychologists work will help to rehabilitate prisoners and they support and train other staff."
Find Out More About Psychologists
- The British Psychological Society Directory of Chartered Psychologists
- Association of Educational Psychologists
- The Jamacian Psychological Society
- The Asian American Psychological Association
- The Global Chinese Psychology Association
- The Society for Industrial and Organizational Pychology
- The Association for Business Psychology
- Women Who Changed Psychology
- Psychological Treatments for People with Learning Disabilities
- Disability and Psychology
- Gay Friendly Therapists
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