We have extensive experience in conducting psychological assessments for motor vehicle accident claims, personal injury and disability claims (including LTD), medical malpractice claims, immigration, psychovocational options and psycho-legal reports.
Pilowsky Psychology Professional Corporation has registered Psychologists that perform psychological assessments in Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area.
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Referrals are welcomed but are not required.
Psychovocational assessments are primarily utilized to evaluate whether or not you able to engage in your previous occupation following an accident or disability. If you are working, a psychovocational assessment can be used to identify areas of reduced capacity and to address future employability either in a prior job or an alternate field. In the event that you are unable to work and need additional training to return to the workforce, a psychovocational assessment may provide recommendations for future training as well. Suggestions about training address your overall capacity, and job placement recommendations are likewise suited to you from a physical, psychological, and personality perspective. In order to evaluate your capacities, we will use a variety of testing instruments and diagnostic tools.
Psychological Assessments at Pilowsky Psychology
Psychological assessments are a thorough process of testing, which uses a wide range of techniques to arrive at some hypotheses about the individual and his or her behavior, capabilities, and overall personality. Sometimes, a psychological assessment is also known as psychological testing and/or performing a psychological battery on an individual.
Pilowsky provides psychological assessment services to people that are generally referred to by courts and lawyers. The provision of our services largely depends on the factors why the client was referred for psychological assessment.
We assess clients’ psychological assessment on a regular basis. We are inclined to use the CBT approach, which is generally the most effective treatment for different emotional and psychological problems.
Pilowsky psychologists employ elements of a wide range of treatment modalities including psychodynamic therapy, acceptance/commitment therapy, and focussed therapy – which are useful for clients’ presenting issues and/or responsiveness to such approaches.
We carry out psychological assessments based on specific requirements from the lawyer, by the court, and/or those who have cases in the court. Most often, the reports are complex and labor-intensive.
Our psychologists have in-depth knowledge and many years of experience in working with lawyers and/or victims of crime. We also work with people who think that they are wrongly accused. Our psychologists also work with lawyers from the family court.
If you are facing a criminal charge, we can help with the psychological assessments, which are aimed at providing an in-depth understanding of crime considering the person’s personality, background, attitudes, cognitive abilities, and vulnerabilities.
We carry out assessments of risks of recidivism using structure or actuarial clinical judgment tools, which are likewise rooted in empirical evidence. We offer recommendations in relation to rehabilitation, treatment, and case management.
Lawyers can use our psychological assessments or report in the court to help in matters of sentencing. Our qualified psychologists with good knowledge of law conduct victim impact assessments – and we have experience in working with people who claim to have confessed to delinquencies they didn’t commit.
Pilowsky Psychology provides input in cases, which are before the family courts – for instance, parenting capacity and child custody cases. All of our senior psychologists have extensive experience in providing witness testimony before the family and criminal courts. Moreover, we have the skills to provide consultation and case management service on different forensic and clinical issues.
Medical Legal Assessments
The team at Pilowsky Psychology have a wealth of experience in different fields including psychological assessments. We have undergone substantial training in violent, cognitive, and functional assessments. We complete a thorough assessment using evidence-based instruments and tools in order to compile a detailed psychological report that examines the behavioral, cognitive, situational, and emotional factors involved in the actions of the offense in question. We utilize data for these reports from a myriad of sources.
We conduct an assessment and 12 - 1 hour clinical sessions, which include face-to-face communication, interaction, and/or interviews with the person, lawyers, etc. Our psychologists also conduct telephone consultations with lawyers as appropriate. In addition, we explore the personal history and relevant background information of the client.
In order to further insight on cognitive capacity, emotional and psychological functioning, as well as to identify specific weaknesses or strengths, we use direct observations and a battery of psychometric instruments.
Then, we use this information in conjunction with psychometric testing, clinical interviews, and collateral information to get a complete understanding of the crime or offense and the dynamics involved.
Our psychologists conduct assessments of the risk of future offending using up-to-date risk assessment tools. Finally, we offer recommendations regarding treatment and risk management. We are keen about the establishment of psychological profiles of the client based on the reports – the purpose is to assist in comprehending aspects of the client’s behavior as well as to answer certain questions that are outlined in the referral.
We also conduct cognitive assessments in a variety of situations and carry out allied assessments such as memory premorbid functioning, psychological, and suggestibility and compliance.
Capacity to comprehend and engage with the proceeding of the court and/or capacity to meaningful contribution in a legal case.
A cognitive assessment helps in determining the suitability of different courts for proceedings – for instance, depending on intellectual difficulties, we determine whether the Adult court or Juvenile court would be a more appropriate setting.
In criminal cases – problems in respect of false suggestibility or confession have arisen.
In cases where the contributing factor to crime or offense is neuropsychological impairment.
Our psychologists conduct cognitive assessments to determine verbal comprehension ability, IQ levels, processing speed, perceptual reasoning ability and working of memory. Depending on the case, we can also conduct an in-depth assessment, which includes memory, premorbid functioning, neuropsychological, as well as suggestibility and compliance.
Furthermore, we conduct victim impact assessments with people who have been victimized through accident, crime, and/or unfair treatment by other people such as professional bodies, employers, and government agencies.
When we conduct a victim impact assessment, we evaluate the level of personal harm that an individual has suffered or underwent as a result of the event in question. In general, this is defined as the physical, emotional, and financial impact on the individual.
Our victim impact assessments help lawyers explore the effect of adverse experiences on all areas of the person’s life – including social, emotional, family, and professional life. The lawyer can then use this information and present it in the court.
We also include psycho-diagnostic aspects in the assessments and we conduct them through clinical interviews, review of relevant documentation including medical reports and evidence of loss of income, as well as psychometric assessments and collateral interviews, etc.
Furthermore, we often recommend therapy following an assessment. Clients can avail our CBT service independent of a previous assessment. We also see clients on an individual basis in order to prepare them our group therapy sessions.
Our psychologists seek to take the information collected from psychological assessments and weave it into a complete and comprehensive picture of the individual being tested. We recommend treatments based on the assessment results from thorough discussion with all stakeholders including insurance companies, lawyers, peers, family, and other people who may shed light on the behavior of the person in different settings.
For example, in children, we obtain information from parents and teachers for psychological assessments to be considered relevant and complete to the child. We resolve major discrepancies among the finding before any diagnostic recommendations or decision for treatments.
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When you should seek help from us?
If you have any of the following symptoms, you can contact us to get our expert advice.
A persistent feeling of unhappiness or low mood.
A sense of inadequacy and worthlessness with a loss of confidence.
Bad feelings, anxiety, irritability, and guilt.
General aches and pains, a loss of energy, and little motivation to do certain things.
Loss of interest or pleasure in daily activities.
Eating less or more – changes in appetite.
Sleep disturbance – i.e. early morning waking or difficulties getting off to sleep.
Reduction in sex drive and/or loss of interest in sex.
Difficulty in paying attention, loss of concentration, and/or remembering things.
A sense of helplessness and hopelessness about the future.
Having problems beings around people that lead to isolating self.
Thoughts of suicide and death.
Unhelpful, self-critical, negative, and extreme thoughts.
So, when you feel any of the following symptoms, contact us immediately so that we start treatiment.
Frequent feelings of anxiety and excessive worrying about your life.
Prediction of disasters one after another.
Thinking that worrying prevents bad things from happening.
Intolerance towards any degree of uncertainty.
The feeling of worrying becoming out of control
Unable to turn off worries – and anxiety affecting your daily life.
Hard to sleep, nausea, aches, pains, hopelessness, indecisive, or difficulty concentrating.
No longer enjoy events or activities which used to be pleasurable.
Feeling chronically depressed or anxious.