Evaluation and Testing
Dr. Gabriel is trained in a number of psychometrics for evaluation. She has extensive experience in the assessment of children and adults.
Areas of assessment include:
- Cognitive/Intelligence Testing focuses on the subject's aptitude and ability for many different intellectual tasks. Areas for investigation vary from short-term and long-term memory, motor speed and fluency, as well as abstract thinking and performance related skills like visual processing and spatial reasoning. Some colleges require this testing for admission if the student has a recognized learning disability.
- Achievement Testing is a tool used in educational environments to assess level of educational ability in different skill areas such as math, reading and written expression. This testing is often used to confirm presence of specific learning disability and is required to determine eligibility for educational services like special education.
- Projective Testing includes techniques designed to assess both conscious and unconscious emotional concerns. Techniques such as the Rorschach Inkblot Test, Kinetic Drawing, and Sentence Completion Tests are commonly used. This type of testing is rarely used alone and often used with other testing techniques for differential diagnosis.
- Social/Behavioral Assessments frequently uses direct observation as well as a variety of checklist tools completed by different informants to gather data regarding the subject. This information assists the examiner in evaluating symptoms for particular emotional/behavioral disorders and developing diagnosis.
- Social/Communication Assessments are provided in a semi-structured format to screen for pervasive developmental disorders. These screenings are conducted in professional collaboration with pediatricians and child psychiatrists to provide information from standardized measures in determining diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders. Additionally, assessment of Early Childhood Regulatory Disorders related to sensory processing, mood and attention may be part of the evaluation. Treatment recommendations can include collaboration with physical therapists, speech and language specialists and occupational therapists.
- Personality Testing is another type of evaluation that can include both projective testing and/or behavioral assessment. It is often requested as a forensic battery to answer questions related to diagnosis, safety risk, parenting competence or predict treatment efficacy.
- Temperament and Type is another type of assessment that is used for personal development, self-understanding and vocational screening. These tools can be part of an evaluation or applied as a strategy in the progress of treatment. They are frequently used to develop better communication between partners/families at home and within work teams or employees in a work place setting.
Testing and Evaluations
In order to begin the process of evaluation, an initial consultation is necessary to determine the questions to be addressed and develop a plan for testing. There is a charge for this meeting, no matter whether an evaluation is determined to be the next step or not.
Fees are charged on an hourly basis. They include:
- Initial consultation
- Administration of tests with client
- Data interpretation
- Writing the report
- Meeting with client and/or family to review results
No report is written or released until the client and/or family have reviewed the findings in person with Dr. Gabriel.
A report is written and distributed only after full payment has been received. The actual cost of the evaluation is determined during the initial consultation. Arrangements for payments must be settled at that time. Specific arrangements for payment by third parties (like schools) must be made before the test administration begins.
The validity and reliability of any evaluation is based on information provided. The subject's cooperation or lack thereof can impact results. Sometimes evaluations cannot be completed due to circumstances surrounding the evaluation. Any time spent will be billed to the client regardless of whether an evaluation is completed.
Accounts not paid in a timely manner are forwarded to collections. There will be additional fees included to cover collection costs.
Dr. Gabriel provides therapy to children and their families as well as adults. The choice of which modality, individual or family, depends on the presenting treatment needs and problems of the person(s) seeking help. Which techniques of therapy will be most helpful to the client hinges on many variables and is a clinical decision made with the client during the initial evaluation period and intermittently during the period of treatment.
Decisions regarding treatment modalities must take into account the complexities of the presenting problems, age of the client and past history. Strategies can range from psychodynamic exploration and dreamwork to cognitive-behavioral oriented problem-solving or supportive counseling; from expressive unstructured play to child-centered activities between parents, children and the therapist. Modalities often shift over the course of treatment and involve the continuous reassessment of response to therapy and the progress in treatment.
Dr. Gabriel is available for consultation to individuals and groups. She has worked extensively in educational settings including pre-school, elementary and high school age children. She has also worked with social service organizations and provided consultation regarding clinical services as it relates to disability and delivery of services at the organizational level.
Dr. Gabriel has provided clinical supervision to individuals seeking licensure as well as professionals in the field looking to enrich their practice.