Independent Evaluations

Clients are referred by lawyers, insurers, healthcare professionals and other third parties for specific Independent Psychological Evaluations. (IPEs) such as Neuropsychological and Psychological evaluations. Several of our psychologists provide these services.

To refer your client for one the following independent psychological evaluations, please see our Independent Psychological Evaluations page for a list of direct extensions or call reception at 613-230-4709 ext 0.


 

Psychodiagnostic Testing is an overall term that describes any testing by a psychologist using various scientific questionnaires and procedures to determine if the client has a psychological or psychiatric disorder.  Only psychologists and physicians have the legal right in Ontario to diagnose such disorders in people.

Psych-legal Assessments combine interviews and psychological testing to answer diagnostic issues about clients in the context of civil, criminal and family law court actions. Psychologists remain objective and impartial in order to do their duty to the court.

Neuropsychological Evaluations combine interviews and specialized psychological testing to examine all aspects of brain function as well as providing data on personality and behaviour. The resulting profile helps inform a diagnosis and facilitate treatment recommendations.

Rehabilitation Evaluations can comprise Psychological, Neuropsychological or Psychovocational assessments. The purpose of the assessment is often to provide an opinion on the nature and extent of any disability; and to make recommendations to facilitate a return to work.

Child Custody and Access Assessment When parents separate or divorce they may require help from an expert in determining what would be in their children’s best interests as to who the children should live with, what visitation schedule would be best, and which parent ought make the decisions that affect the children. A child custody and access assessment accomplishes all this, and parents can use the assessment, which is impartial, to settle their differences or to have the court review the assessment report and recommendations and to take it into account when issuing its judgment.

Parenting Capacity Assessments are done to evaluate a parent’s ability to take care of a child and therefore if a return of the child is warranted be it with or without conditions (such as a supervisory arrangement, or a gradual return). The assessment report is reviewed by the CAS, the lawyers, and the court, to help determine what needs to be done. A child may be removed from a parent by the Children’s Aid Society (CAS) and placed out of the home if there are concerns about the child’s protection and safety.