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Psychological testing plays an important role in psychiatric rehabilitation programs. If you’re caring for a foster child or teen who needs help, here are answers to some common questions you may have.

What is the purpose of psychological testing?

Psychological testing helps to develop a sound diagnosis and effective individual treatment plan for your foster child or teen. Psychologists use these tests, along with interviews and other information, to create a road map for treatment. They help inform decisions about therapy, medication, referrals, and other major issues.

Who performs psychological testing?

These tests can be administered by a variety of licensed clinical psychologists and other professionals. If you have any concerns, ask about their background and areas of expertise.

What are some of the most common psychological tests?

This can be a very long list with lots of acronyms like MMPI for the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory and TAT for the Thematic Apperception Test. Overall, different tests target different areas such as emotions, behavior, and executive functioning. Neuropsychological tests may also be used in some cases for a more specialized assessment of brain activity.

How can foster parents help in this process?

As a foster parent, your participation in this process is very important. Psychologists will usually interview you and other stakeholders to get your perspective and insights. This may involve filling out a questionnaire specifically for parents, as well as talking about your observations and thoughts. You may also be asked to provide supplemental information, such as school and medical records. You can help support your foster child at every stage in this journey from the initial assessment to feedback sessions and follow up.

Pathway Family Services, Inc. provides resources for foster youth and families including specialized foster care services and our psychiatric residential treatment facility.  Contact us today to learn more about how you can help a child in need.