Hargan Psychology

Life is a winding path, sometimes smooth and sunlit, other times shrouded in fog or speckled with unexpected stones. When going through its twists and turns, understanding where you stand can be instrumental in planning and executing your next course. At Hargan Psychology, we believe mental health assessments are the compass and map that can guide you on your journey to well-being.

Hargan Psychology offers a strong clinical assessment capability through a variety of mental health assessments used in therapeutic, educational, forensic and disability settings. Our clinical assessments are delivered by experienced practitioners and result in a written report that may inform allied health professionals and other stakeholders. We take pride in our capability to select appropriate, reliable and valid assessment tools, administer them, and provide contextualised insights into the individual’s presenting concerns, as well as tailored recommendations to support them.

educational assessments

What can these Mental Health Assessments Provide?

Our expert team leverages a robust clinical assessment capability to provide insights into your thoughts, feelings, and behaviours. We utilise a wide variety of evidence-based tools and assess you through multiple tests, whether you’re seeking:

  • Diagnosis of mental health conditions: Early identification of emerging psychopathology in young people, depression, anxiety, or other concerns can pave the way for timely intervention and effective treatment.
  • Understanding your cognitive abilities: Cognitive Assessments of intelligence, learning disorders, or giftedness can equip you with strategies to maximise your potential.
  • Bridging the learning gap: Identifying challenges in academic areas can inform tailored educational programs and support systems.
  • Enhancing your therapy journey: Personality-based assessments such as psychological tests offer invaluable insights into your psychological makeup, interpersonal style, and relationships, empowering you and your therapist to set clear goals and track progress.
  • Managing risk: Evaluating the potential for risk factors like offending behaviours empowers proactive interventions and safeguards.
  • Unlocking diagnoses like ADHD: Comprehensive cognitive assessments for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children can lead to highly effective management strategies and improved quality of life.
  • Assessing functional living skills: Identifying areas of need in daily life skills equips individuals and loved ones with the knowledge to secure the necessary support.

 

Know Yourself Better

Our mental health assessments including cognitive assessment, psychological tests, and personality tests, go beyond mere labels. We pride ourselves on selecting reliable and valid tools administered by experienced practitioners. But our journey doesn’t end with a report. We delve deeper, contextualising your results to offer personalised suggestions that support your unique needs whether you need individualised therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy or a different approach.

You can collaborate with any therapist from our team, armed with a detailed map drawn from your assessment. You can identify strengths to build upon, navigate challenges with newfound clarity, and chart a course towards personal growth and well-being.

Remember, you are not alone on this path. Hargan Psychology will work with you every step of the way.

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Educational Assessment

 Educational assessments can be required for a number of reasons, as each individual has a different set of life circumstances influencing behaviour. 

As such, each child has a different set of strengths and weaknesses that can impact their academic performance and learning ability, setting them on an individual educational trajectory. At times, these trajectories may not follow the pattern expected for a child’s age or developmental stage. 

An educational assessment can provide insight into a child’s cognitive functioning, academic strengths and weaknesses, and preferred learning styles. By assessing various areas of mental functioning, educational assessment help parents and educators gain insight to a child’s unique learning capacity and academic abilities, allowing them to make informed choices about a child’s ideal learning environment and their individual learning needs.

What is included in an educational assessment?

  1. Initial parent interview and/or questionnaire to gather information about the child’s developmental, educational, and medical history, as well as any presenting concerns.
  2. 1 – 1.5 hour session to adminster the standardised cognitive (intelligence) asssessment (WPPSI-IV or WISC-V). This assessment provides a measure of overall IQ as well as its component ability indices including verbal comprehension, visual spatial reasoning, fluid reasoning, working memory and processing speed.
  3. 1 – 1.5 hour session to adminster the standardised achievement (academic) assesment (WIAT-III). This assessment identifies level of academic achievement and any deficits in expected learning to date, including mathematical ability, problem-solving and language based skills, i.e., reading, writing, comprehension, and vocabulary.
  4. A detailed report of findings with behavioural and educational recommendations tailored for your child.
  5. Parent feedback session to discuss your child’s assessment and to answer any questions.


Depending on the purpose of an assessment, a stand-alone cognitive assessment or achievement assessment may be adminstered if a full education assessment is not required.

What are the different types of assessments?

WPPSI – The Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence

The WPPSI is a comprehensive measure of a young child’s intellectual ability. This cognitive assessment involves game-like activities, as well as age-specific subtests.

Assessment age range: 2.5 years – 7 years

WISC-V – The Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (Australian and New Zealand Standardised, Fifth Edition)

The WISC is an individually administered comprehensive clinical instrument for assessing the cognitive ability/intelligence of children.

Assessment age range: 6 years 0 months through 16 years 11 months.

WIAT-III – The Wechsler Individual Achievement Test

The WIAT is a comprehensive, individually administered test for assessing the academic functioning of children, adolescents, tertiary students and adults.

Assessment age range: 4 years through 50 years, 11 months

WAIS-IV – The Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale

The WAIS is a comprehensive measure of teenager/adult intellectual ability which includes a full-scale IQ score in addition to index scores that measure different facets of intelligence.

Assessment age range: 16 years – 89 years

WMS – The Wechsler Memory Scale

The WMS is a comprehensive measure of a teen or adult’s memory functioning and assessesed both auditory and visual memory. The results from the test can also be used to provide further insight into an individual’s performance on the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale.

Assessment age range: 16 years – 90 years

The Conners Fourth Edition

The Conners assessments measure the presence and severity of behaviours associated with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and its most common comorbid problems and disorders, including learning problems, executive functioning problems, defiance/aggression, and peer/family relations. The Conners typically takes 20 minutes and is completed by parents, caregivers, teachers and children to provide information across home, social and school settings. Hargan Psychology also offers the Conners Adult ADHD Rating Scale, which assesses the above in adults aged +18.

Assessment age range: 6 years – 18 years


What are some other assessments available at Hargan Psychology?

The Personality Assessment Inventory –  (PAI)

The PAI is an objective inventory of personality which measures psychopathological syndromes associated with a wide range of mental health conditions. It is assists in diagnosis  of mental health conditions and treatment considerations. It can be a very helpful starting point for clients with more serious concerns about their mental health and provide valuable information to the treating psychologist on the client’s internal experience and suitability for psychological therapy. 

Assessment age range: 18 years to 89 years

A PAI typically includes:

  1. The assessment process:
    • A questionnare filled out at our practice.
    • The psychologist writes up a report based on your assessment.
    • 1 x 30 minute feedback session where your report is presented (and you can take it home).


The Vineland Adaptive Behaviour Scales Third Edition

The Vineland is used to assess individuals aged up to 90 years to measure how adequately they can live independently. It assesses the individual’s skills in specific areas and can help with treatment planning as well as helping to identify developmental delays, cognitive disabilities, autism spectrum disorders and other impairments.

Assessment age range: Birth – 90 years

A Vineland Assessment typically includes:

  1. The assessment process:
    • An email with a questionnaire to fill out.
    • The psychologist writes up a report based on your assessment.
    • 1 x 30 minute feedback session where your report is presented (and you can take it home).

Assessment Pricing

Cognitive Assessment (WISC-V or WAIS-IV)

  • Provisional Pricing: $750.00
  • Registered Pricing: $950.00

Achievement Assessment (WIAT)

  • Provisional Pricing: $900.00
  • Registered Pricing: $1100.00

Full Education Assessment (incl. cognitive and achievement assessments)

  • Provisional Pricing: $1500.00
  • Registered Pricing: $1900.00

Vineland Assessment (ABAS)

  • Provisional Pricing: $400.00
  • Registered Pricing: $400.00

ADHD Assessment (Conners)

  • Provisional Pricing: $600.00
  • Registered Pricing: $600.00

Personality Assessment Inventory (PAI)

  • $500.00 (adults).
  • $650.00 (adolescents).
  • All other assessments $200-$220 per hour or part thereof (charged in 15 minute increments).
  • *PLEASE NOTE: assessment cost is dependent on provisional and registered psychologist availability

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