Acacia Counseling Service
Telephone: (405) 546-8970 (ans. svc.*)
Testing -- Psychological Evaluation
(See also: Cell-Friendly Testing Page)
I can provide psychological testing, including personality testing, IQ and substance abuse testing.
Personality testing includes the MMPI-2 and some others, including the Beck Depression Inventory.
The IQ test is the Shipley-2
The substance abuse testing includes the SASSI and the ASI.
In addition, there is a psychosocial interview involved.
When you request testing, if you were referred by an authority, please specify exactly what kind of testing you want done.
Some referrers may be unclear as to what they want. If they say "psychiatric exam," please know that an actual psychiatrist (a medical doctor) does not have time to do all the above testing, and also is typically not trained to do that. He generally sees a new patient for 30 minutes, and then sees him/her once a month, for 15 minutes, generally prescribing medications, for which time he receives a high price. Spending two or three hours with a patient would be cost prohibitive. Then, taking 8-12 hours to score the tests would also be very expensive.
However, he may ask "Who are you? Where are you? What day is this? Why are you here? What did you have for breakfast? Name three presidents. Remember 3 words I give you," and other such questions. I generally do not, because I already know you could make and keep an appointment and find the office on your own. But I could if requested.
Some employers or training schools require an MMPI without concern about where it came from. An MMPI should include a psychological interview. Without that, the MMPI doesn't tell as much. Some MMPI's are given by people never trained on the MMPI, and who provide a very sketchy result. Possibly they are not licensed therapists, or even therapists at all. If they are, they should state their license and their license number and show you a wall certificate or a card. This can be verified on the internet.
Some are scored by a computer, which produces an even sketchier result.
Of course, to the prospective employee, it's just paperwork, and he wants to get it behind him. If to the employer or training school it is just paperwork, then the quicker and the cheaper the better. One-size-fits-all is no problem to him.
If the employer cares about getting a thorough workup, then s/he should know that the work was done by a licensed therapist, and that the test was scored by the therapist and not a computer, and that a psychological interview was included in the workup and report.
Cost of Testing (click here.)