Assessments & reports can be helpful for people in a variety of situations e.g. court, career planning or personal insights.. I can arrange an assessment to fit your needs. Since assessment reports are available for a variety of purposes Inquire to discuss your specific needs.
- Court Reports & Expert Witness Reports
- Personality Assessment & Testing
- Vocational Assessment & Career Guidance
- Assistance Animal Eligibility
Clients or Solicitors requiring assessments can Contact us
As each report is different the fee will be determined on a case by case basis.
Expedited reports are available for clients who need to receive the results in less than a week. However, expedited reports will require an additional fee.
What to Expect
When doing assessments there are typically a few tasks involved. There would be an in-depth discussion to understand your history and background. There will be some psychometric tests that will be administered. Depending on your situation additional documents may need to be reviewed. Occasionally, collateral contact may be required with an individual who knows you well such as a family member or close friend.
Court Reports & Expert Witness Reports
Dan can act as objective expert witness in order to conduct assessments for individuals requiring an evaluation for the purpose of legal proceedings. These services are delivered to provide an objective expert opinion to the Courts regarding the psychological factors in question.
There are three broad areas that are of particular interest when determining if the court will handle the case under Section 14 of the Mental Health Act:
- cognitive impairments e.g. brain injury, intellectual disability
- mental illness e.g. schizophrenia, thought disorder
- mental condition e.g. anxiety, depression, substance dependency
Solicitors often find it useful to receive assessments & reports pretrial to help them formulate the best possible defence for their client’s case.
Personality Assessments & Testing
Personality assessments allow you to gain more insight into yourself and how you interact with others. Sometimes it may be necessary to complete some personality assessments to assist with treatment planning. They can help uncover what is really going on in an individual’s emotional life. Our personality also directly links back to how we interact with others both personally and professionally.
There is a range of personality assessments available from short and sweet ones targeting a couple of traits e.g. anxiety and stress levels. Others are very extensive and cover a wide range of traits in great detail. Depending on the purpose we can help find the ones that address the questions you are hoping to answer.
Vocational Assessments & Career Guidance
Vocational assessments can be really helpful. This is especially true for individuals who are feeling like they could use a little help unpacking what they might enjoy or be good at. Career assessments range from those that help clarify interest areas, actual attributes or skills as well as finding the right fit in terms of corporate structure etc.
One of the most useful things I see with clients is for them to learn other ways to use their knowledge. It is common for individuals considering a career change to not feel confident about knowing what their transferable job skills are. These are our skills and experience that we have that could actually be repurposed and applied to something completely different to what we once did. It can also be hard to know how to use these skills in another industry if you have lots of experience in one area but are unfamiliar with what the day-to-day tasks are in other professions.
Considering the fact that we spend half of our waking hours at work it is important that we find something we are both interested in and effective at doing. It is also important that our career provides us with the lifestyle we would like to have. If your family situation has changed you may need to reconsider what your financial and career plans are moving forward.
For more info on navigating your career check out our Career Planning page.
Assistance Animal Eligibility
There are a few steps in the process to obtain and maintain an assistance dog. A couple of those will require you to have documentation of an assessment from a Psychologist or Doctor to qualify for the programs. The process is similar whether you are hoping to get a guide dog, assistance dog or a therapy dog.
- You will need to apply with one of the registered animal training programs to start the process. The application process requires the Psychologist or Doctor to provide documentation of a qualifying diagnosis, explanation of how the animal will assist with treatment etc.
- There is a required process to allow your assistance dog to fly with you either domestically or internationally.This requires a medical form be completed by a Psychologist or Doctor. To learn more about this process visit The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.
- There is also an annual application required by NSW Transport for an Assistance Animal Permit which would allow your dog on public transport e.g. busses, trains, ferries etc. with you. This also requires current documentation of a qualifying diagnosis by a Psychologist or Doctor.
There are a few categories of conditions that qualify for assistance dogs. Some of those are physical conditions e.g. Blindness, or Mobility issues. But they also include Cognitive Conditions e.g. Intellectual Disability, Learning Disabilities, and Brain Injury, Perceptual Disorders e.g. Schizophrenia, or Dementia and Mental Conditions e.g. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Autism etc.
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If you are interested in assessments and reports for other purposes Contact Us for more info.