Alberta Counselling Centre

Child and Adolescent Psychoeducational Assessments

Early identification, understanding, and appropriate intervention is the key to a child's success.

Child psychoeducational assessments
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Is your child underachieving academically? Have teachers suspected Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), or a learning disability may be at the root of your child's academic, behavioural, and/or social challenges at school? Or do you think your child may be gifted? Early identification and intervention is an important key in helping a child who is struggling reach his or her full potential.

Many parents are unclear about exactly what a psychoeducational assessment is and what benefits it offers. A psychoeducational assessment will evaluate your child's thinking/reasoning abilities and underlying psychological processes (e.g., attention, processing, fluid reasoning, memory), academic achievement (e.g., expressive and receptive language, reading, writing composition, math), behaviour and social-emotional functioning.

A thorough psychoeducational assessment can help by making sense of your child's struggles; it provides information about the reasons behind the challenges. Furthermore, it creates a picture of your child's unique learning profile, by assessing current cognitive functioning and gaining insight into strengths and weaknesses, cognitively, academically, and emotionally. A psychoeducational assessment offers a more accurate and complete picture of your child that can change the way your child is perceived, and ensure that appropriate educational programming and accommodations necessary for success are recommended.

In addition, we can assist parents in navigating and connecting with a network of supportive resources available to qualified individuals such as: the Disability Tax Credit (DTC), Family Supports for Children with Disabilities (FSCD), Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH), and others.

Our clinicians are Permanent Certified Alberta Teachers, who have an in-depth understanding of the school system and expertise in early detection and diagnosis of ASD, Giftedness, Learning Disabilities, ADHD, Anxiety and Mood Disorders, Behavioural Disorders, and a variety of other issues.

We also understand the admission requirements and necessary assessments for acceptance to private schools (e.g., Webber Academy, Rundle College), and the criteria and comprehensive gifted assessment required for admission to the Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) Program.

Comprehensive Psychoeducational Assessments Generally Include:

  1. Intake interview and psychosocial questionnaire
  2. Testing sessions, approximately 4-6 hours (depending on the assessments administered) over two sessions
  3. Information about the child's functioning in multiple environments (e.g., at school during structured and unstructured tasks, with family)
  4. File review, scoring assessments, analyzing and interpreting data, and report writing
  5. A feedback conference to explain and share the psychoeducational report and its recommendations

We offer a free, 30 minute, no-commitment consultation to any parents or individuals who are interested in a psychoeducational assessment. Click here to go to our confidential contact form to start the process. We understand that assessments seem complex, and involve a considerable time commitment on your part, so this appointment is used to determine if assessment is indeed necessary, to answer any questions you may have, and to make sure that you feel comfortable. Assessments are offered through our Calgary office.

Adult Assessments

It is empowering to uncover the root cause of problems and start using appropriate resources and strategies to be more successful.

Adult assessments

Adult psychoeducational assessments are used to assess intelligence, achievement, and social-emotional functioning. Most importantly, they describe academic and intellectual strengths and weaknesses and determine an individual's unique learning style, so that specific recommendations can be made to improve learning and functioning at school, home, or work. Psychoeducational assessments are also commonly performed to detect the possible presence and severity of various learning disorders (e.g., Mathematics Disorder, Reading Disorder, Disorder of Written Expression), attention difficulties (e.g., adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), and social / emotional problems.

Reasons Adults May Choose to Have a Psychoeducational Assessment

There are many reasons adults may seek a psychoeducational assessment. Often adults choose to have an assessment because they are curious about their learning profile; they may suspect something is causing them struggles and holding them back academically, in activities of daily living, or in their present job situation. Many adults entering university or the workplace may want an assessment of learning issues and/or ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). In many cases, people find an accurate diagnosis changes their lives and how they view themselves. After years of self-blame and struggles academically, personally, and professionally, it is empowering to uncover the root cause of problems and start using appropriate resources and strategies to be more successful. One of the most common motivations for adults to seek a psychoeducational assessment is seeing themselves in their child who has been diagnosed with an LD, ADHD, or ASD. In these cases, parents learn of the symptoms of a disorder in the process of helping their child, and then begin to suspect that their own life-long struggles may be because of an undiagnosed condition.

Getting a comprehensive psychoeducational assessment completed by a qualified professional provides you with a detailed profile of your learning style; it includes a description of strengths and weaknesses in cognitive abilities, academic performance, and social-emotional functioning. It determines eligibility for services, resources, and special accommodations to improve your ability to succeed. It will also give straight forward, practical recommendations for strategies to support learning and functioning in the classroom, in life, or in an occupational setting.

Comprehensive Adult Psychoeducational Assessments Generally Include:

  1. Intake interview and psychosocial questionnaire
  2. Testing sessions, approximately 4-6 hours (depending on the assessments administered) over two sessions
  3. Information about your functioning in multiple environments (e.g., at work, at school, and with family and friends)
  4. Review of any previous assessments, scoring assessments, analyzing and interpreting data, and report writing
  5. A feedback conference to explain and share the psychoeducational report and its recommendations

We offer a free, 30 minute, no-commitment consultation to any parents or individuals who are interested in a psychoeducational assessment. Click here to go to our confidential contact form to start the process. We understand that assessments seem complex, and involve a considerable time commitment on your part, so this appointment is used to determine if assessment is indeed necessary, to answer any questions you may have, and to make sure that you feel comfortable.

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Individual Therapy & EMDR

"Human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives." - William James

individual therapy session

In today's world, life can be challenging to maneuver at times. As we move through life's phases, many different issues can arise, and at times, exhaust our usual resources to cope. These may include experiences with trauma, anxiety, grief, health challenges, divorce, mental illness, family conflicts, depression, and much more. You do not need to suffer with debilitating anxiety, depression, or psychological pain alone. You can use psychotherapy to provide clarity, direction, and learn how to remove barriers that prevent you from experiencing the happiness and wellbeing you deserve.

At Alberta Counselling Centre, our therapists use a collaborative approach and rely on well established, evidenced-based therapies to address real life problems. We customize treatment plans for individual clients and their presenting symptoms, and use a variety of interventions and psychotherapeutic models, including Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Solution Focused Therapy.

We are also approved providers for Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC), the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), and Citizens Immigration Canada (CIC). We provide psychotherapy to treat many types of anxiety and trauma.

We have experience with — and are specialized, but not limited to — treating the following clinical issues:

  • Depression
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
  • Child and Adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Postpartum Depression (PPD) or Anxiety
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Relationship Issues
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Panic Disorder (PD)
  • Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD)
  • Trauma (e.g., exposure to violence, Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA), natural disasters, war or conflict, or other threats to life)

Sessions are available in our Calgary office, online via Skype™, or by phone.

Online Counselling or Teletherapy

Research demonstrates that psychotherapy delivered online or over the phone is as effective as traditional in-office therapy sessions.

Online Counselling / Teletherapy / Skype session

What is Online Psychotherapy and Teletherapy?

Online psychotherapy takes place online in a virtual therapy office (e.g., via Skype™), where you are able to talk with your therapist face to face on your computer, tablet, or mobile device. Teletherapy involves therapy sessions through the use of the telephone. Talking on the phone can provide anxious clients, who may not be able to come to an office setting, with a sense of anonymity in their therapy sessions. Many clients may find this provides them with a greater sense of control and comfort and can serve as a stepping stone to online counselling and in-office sessions.

Online Psychotherapy

Clients who prefer not to come in to the clinic can choose between telephone or online counselling via Skype™. However, the Skype™ format is the most similar to meeting face to face. Alberta Counselling Centre is excited to be able to provide this technology for our clients, as it offers an accessible, convenient, and discrete alternative to traditional in-office therapy, only it is in the comfort and privacy of their own home or office. Online psychotherapy through Skype™ is increasingly becoming the therapy format of choice for people with demanding and inflexible schedules or family commitments. It can be the solution when competing demands constantly create obstacles that challenge your attempts to resolve psychological, emotional, or interpersonal problems such as anxiety, depression, panic, low self-esteem, and stress. At times, trying to schedule and attend regular sessions with your therapist can add to stress and anxiety, as you attempt to juggle numerous responsibilities and demands with limited time. We understand all these challenges. Online therapy is an efficient and less stressful method of accessing quality help and achieving the same end results.

Advantages of Online Counselling or Teletherapy

  • Allows clients to choose from a greater pool of therapists and specialties, and to select someone who they determine is the best fit for their needs.
  • Eliminates the discomfort of going to an office waiting room, where some clients fear they may see friends, neighbors, colleagues, or perhaps clients/customers they serve in their professional work.
  • Provides convenience and privacy of having sessions in the comfort of home, and therefore eliminates extra driving.
  • Creates a wider, more flexible choice of appointment times.
  • Increases the accessibility of psychotherapy to underserved populations (e.g., the elderly, post-partum mothers, individuals who are physically disabled), by providing sessions at home, or in a hospital or care facilities. Barriers such as issues of mobility caused by disability, injury, hospitalization, or illness are removed.
  • Saves time and money that would otherwise be spent to cover expenses such as gas, parking, or childcare.

How does Booking work?

  1. Email or phone us to set up an appointment, and indicate if you prefer phone therapy or an online Skype™ therapy session.
  2. Once an appointment has been set and you have filled out the required documents, you are requested to make payment ahead of time (direct billing may be an option).
  3. All appointments will be set using Mountain Time (MT).

Online Counselling and Phone Therapy is Not Suitable for:

  • Individuals who are suicidal or currently in a safety crises.

Please note: this online counselling service is only available for people in Canada.