Answers to our frequently asked questions.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IN CASE OF EMERGENCY?
- If there is an emergency, please call 911 or go to the nearest ER for evaluation.
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255
- Contact the Carolina Center for Behavioral Health at 864-235-2335 or thecarolinacenter.com for intake evaluation.
DO YOU TAKE INSURANCE?
- We do not accept insurance and require payment in the form of cash, check, or credit at the time of service.
- We do not file insurance claims but provide a statement that clients can submit to their own insurance carriers for reimbursement.
Psychological assessments: What can I expect?
Sound psychological assessment is both a science and an art, requiring the integration of empirical data with qualitative observations. As such, assessments are completed by a psychologist with an advanced level of training in assessment and measurement. Typically, these individuals have a concentration in School Psychology or Neuropsychology, meaning that they have completed additional coursework and practicum training specifically in assessment.
The psychologist with advanced-level training in assessment administers the tests, to allow for qualitative observations of how the child or client approached a task or derived at an answer. This information regarding the process is as meaningful as the ultimate score attained on a given task. Additionally, when the psychologist administers the tests, he or she is able to observe the client across a wider range of tasks for an extended period of time.
The battery of assessment measures used is flexible rather than set or templated. More specifically, as the psychologist is working with the client, the tests selected for use can be tailored to answer the specific referral question and to follow up on any strengths and weaknesses gleaned throughout the assessment. Our psychologists have a wide range of tools available for use.
The written report completed following an assessment is an integrated product. It integrates converging information and highlights themes apparent throughout the data. This data is explicitly tied to information provided regarding the client’s performance at home and at school. Recommendations are tailored to meet the client’s needs across settings. Findings are communicated in person to the parents, and when appropriate, to the client. Consultation with teachers and other professionals are also provided along with referrals for any necessary interventions.
Ultimately, quantitative and qualitative information is obtained and interpreted by the psychologist to create a comprehensive picture of each client’s strengths and weaknesses.