Many people are unaware of the usefulness of psychological testing, or they confuse psychological assessment with a simple clinical interview. In fact, psychological testing can be greatly beneficial to treatment because questionnaires, computer-based instruments, interactive tests, and visual/expressive tests can clarify clients’ issues and identify the best course of treatment much more quickly and efficiently than interviews alone. Often, therapists and psychiatrists refer clients to Sankofa for an assessment to help them gain a better understanding of their treatment process. Not only do assessment findings help therapists and psychiatrists work more effectively, clients consistently report that the process of assessment helps them improve their understanding of themselves and others.
Sankofa psychologists and psychodiagnostic technicians are proficient in recognizing when psychological assessment will be useful and determining the type and level of testing required. Some common reasons for psychological testing are described below.