Sometimes, clients have been referred for an assessment, because a medical practitioner, teacher or parent suspects that a child is showing features of a particular psychological condition. Psychological assessments are usually conducted over a few sessions. The first session mostly involves gathering information about the young person’s developmental history and any other background information that might be important. It also includes having a “getting-to-know-you” chat with your child. Many assessments also involve an intellectual (IQ) assessment and this is usually begun at the second session. However different issues may require a different approach and this will be discussed with you at the initial consultation. Many of these sessions will attract Medicare rebates.

The assessment process includes provision of a detailed report.