A psychological assessment is really just an attempt by a skilled professional, normally a psychologist, using various tools and techniques, to learn either general or specific facts about the person they are assessing. The data is used to either inform others of how the individual is functioning presently, or as a way to help predict their future behaviour and functioning.
Psychological Assessments are used by many different organizations and companies to evaluate employees either prior to employment or to ascertain something or clarify an issue with an existing worker.
As part of a hiring process assessments can be very valuable. A good example of were a Psychological Assessment is used is in the airline industry for air traffic controllers. Think about it for a moment would you like someone in charge of hundreds of planes flying over your home and family that wasn’t emotionally suited for the job? Absolutely not, and neither does the airline industry.
Psychological assessments are also used in policing, correctional facilities, many of the Fortune 500 companies, government and many other kinds of organization. These assessments are a wonderful tool in terms of deciding an individual’s suitability for a specific job or position of responsibility.
Assessment is used by courts to determine the suitability of parents and guardians in relation to child custody cases. The courts rely heavily on the psychological reports to determine the best out come for the child.
All sorts of psychological assessments are ordered in criminal cases to determine whether or not an individual is competent to stand trial. We hear about this all the time in the news where a judge will order a psychological assessment, to see if someone is fit to stand trial, usually involving a person being charged with some terrible crime.
Schools use these assessments to identify issues around socialization, learning and behaviour. Early identification and intervention can make a world of difference in a child’s life.
So we see that the use of psychological assessments has become an integral part of many aspects of our society. They are being relied upon more and more to determine outcomes in many different segments of our society and will continue to do so.
Dr Gilles Boulais is a trained Psychologist in this field, carrying out his practice in Ottawa Ontario. His clinical practice involves the assessment of adolescents and adults in a variety of cases, such as, emotional injuries in tort cases, fitness to work, and mitigating factors in criminal cases, difficulties with learning, opinions and appeals before administrative tribunals.
Call Dr. Gilles Boulais 613-230-0977