Upon request from different authorities, such as job centres – the office for families and disability issues – and institutions, I carry out psychological examinations.
The examinations consist of a broad cognitive, personal and neuropsychological assessment focusing on topics such as affiliation to the educational system and the labour market, need for treatment, or questions regarding need for support, job schemes or pension.
Based on my particular knowledge of the challenges of hearing impairment, the examinations may focus on
- psychological examinations of children or young people
- psychological examinations of grown-ups
- assessment of mental capacity and personality assessment
- neuropsycological examinations
- assessment of ability to work
- psychological examination pertaining to rehabilitation
- parenting capacity assessment
- child expert examinations
- family assessments
Procedures for examination and assessment
All examinations are individually planned, depending on the person, the family’s resources and what needs to be clarified, described and/or assessed.
Examinations regarding family, child expert assessments and parenting capacity assessments will result in three written statements based on one or more of the following
- Conversations with each of the parents as well as a joint conversation
- Assessment of each parent’s resources
- 2-3 home observations each lasting 2-3 hours
- In the case of older children, they are involved in the examination
- Any other agreed observation
- Communication of the content of the three statements such as:
- One report regarding each parent’s cognitive and personal resources
- One report based on observed interactions between parents and child
Family/parenting capacity assessments are as far as possible based on the guidelines from the Danish Psychological Association:
An examination may take some time but the resulting report will usually be a great help to social workers in that it conveys an understanding of which actions needs to be taken. Also it will make it easier to pinpoint the right kind of help. Often clients even gain a better understanding of their own situation after going through an examination. This may help both the social worker and the client move on to something new and to be able to set new goals.