Diagnostic and Evaluation Services
Connections, Inc. offers an array of mental health and diagnostic assessment services for children, teens, and adults. Our team consists of State of Indiana licensed psychologists and therapists with special training in the diagnostic support of young children, adolescents, and adults. Our goal is to offer expert evaluations and recommendations to assist physicians, judicial officers, probation officers, case managers, school administrators and child and family teams plan for future treatment or interventions.
Child Hearsay Evaluations: Child Hearsay Evaluations are completed by licensed psychologists to determine if participation in a court proceeding would create a substantial likelihood of emotional or mental harm to the referred child. This evaluation is intended for youth under the age of 14, or a child at least 14 and younger than 18, that has a substantial disability attributable to impairment of general intellectual functioning or adaptive behavior.
Clinical Interviews & Assessments: Clinical Interviews & Assessments are useful to help identify any mental, emotional, or behavioral disorders that may be present in an individual. These brief in person or virtual evaluations typically last between two to three hours. In the session, the examiner explores different areas of functioning including intellectual, memory, reasoning, and personality.
Psycho-educational evaluations: Psycho-educational evaluations are designed to determine any issues that are involved in academic functioning. The tests conducted will address, but are not limited to, any learning disabilities, attention deficit disorders and the overall learning potential based on intellectual function. The evaluation process typically includes a test battery including, individual IQ tests, educational achievement tests, personality tests, and other screening instruments that determine the presence of any serious memory deficits, behavior control concerns or other issues.
Psychological Evaluations: Psychological evaluations answer specific questions about intellectual, academic, behavior, or mental health functions. Psychological evaluations are designed to respond to specific discovery questions about psychological functioning but may also review issues involved in forensic evaluation. Psychological evaluations will include at least formal testing, a mental status examination, psycho-social history, diagnostic impressions, and treatment recommendations as applicable.
Trauma Assessments: We understand many people have experienced trauma and meet the clinical criteria for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). However, many who do not meet the full criteria for PTSD still suffer significant post traumatic symptoms that can have an adverse impact on behavior, judgement, educational performance, and ability to connect with others. Our trauma assessment evaluations assess the social and developmental history of the client, trauma history, including all forms of traumatic events experienced directly or witnessed by the client, and use of at least one standardized clinical measure to identify types and severity of symptoms experienced. Our psychologists then make trauma informed treatment recommendations if appropriate.