Addiction Recovery | Psychological Testing for Addiction Treatment | Beginnings Treatment Centers

Addiction Recovery | Psychological Testing for Addiction Treatment | Beginnings Treatment Centers


Hi, this is dr. G I am the clinical
director at beginning treatment centers and I have been asked about the benefit
of psychological testing and this clip is going to be a brief explanation of
summary what clients can expect from psychological testing and why we do
psychological testing at our treatment center basically the if we can imagine a
person going through therapy whatever form and fashion we want to call that
therapy for is a psychotherapy or durgin abuse drug and alcohol abuse counseling
or any other type of treatment it will take a person many weeks if not months
to really come to terms with the core issues in their lives that they are
struggling with and what I mean by core issues is really the understanding of
the deeper understanding of a person’s personality and strengths and weaknesses
their skills their knowledge set and their abilities to deal with daily life
challenges now in this specific case when you’re talking about addiction and
substance abuse and alcohol and drug abuse certainly we want to focus this
discussion or this explanation on the person’s ability to deal with their
addiction if you went through a few weeks or even months of psychotherapy if
you will to come to terms with those core issues again strengths and
weaknesses and learn new skills and abilities to deal with one’s addiction
really that is certainly treatment it’s called treatment and it takes so many
weeks and months to arrive at that type of a level of
awareness a heightened level or higher level of awareness for a person to be
able to overcome those issues in their lives however psychological testing can
shed some light on very core and underlying characteristics of a person
within a few days so what we can understand as one of the primary reasons
why psychological testing is important is first of all acceleration of a
witness acceleration of treatment acceleration of tools within treatment
that can help a person arrive at a quitter understanding of their what we
call a constellation or personality condition now a mention personality a
lot and that is the reason behind that is because a lot of psychological tests
have been normed and standardized to really shed light on a person’s
personality but it’s not the only thing we are looking for there are
psychological tests that deal with what we call more or less acute mental health
issues or mental health status of a person such as let’s say depression and
anxiety their tests that can also show in the or indicate signs of let’s say
ADHD or psychosis or bipolar state of mind and also their psychological tests
that really can shed light on more or less a thought or cognitive functioning
of a person to help understand their intellectual abilities in dealing with
these difficult situations they’re a series of other psychological tests
available as well such as those that can show neurological disorders
ganic damages if you will or developmental changes or deficits or
damages to a person’s brain or your mind and also their psychological tests that
can show what we call more or less hidden or covert elements of the
person’s functioning which really tap into what subconscious or the
unconscious aspects of a person’s way of thinking or believing or reacting in the
in the world so we are really dealing with a whole or momentum if you will
have a whole series of different varied tools in psychological testing they
range from intellectual ability cognitive abilities emotional abilities
behavioral abilities personality tendencies social abilities event down
right to I would say vocational ability is a person’s ability to really become a
functional member of the society in terms of their ability to hold a job to
build a career and even develop certain specialties and if they want it so with
us being able to get that snapshot of a person’s weakness and weaknesses and
strengths quickly right from the get-go from the beginning of their treatment we
are able to do a few things number one the results of psychological testing are
very much very tangible and immediately available to the client himself or
herself it’s a very standardized and and basically logical understanding and a
summary of the findings of the tests that it went through that cat
arises a lot of these weaknesses and strengths in a comprehensive and
understandable fashion where client can quickly see what is going on or less
underneath the surface as an example if a client let’s say finds themselves in
certain predicaments in social settings where they mostly get in trouble with
let’s say authority authority figures or with breaking norms and rules and
regulations and and they have hard time grasping where that comes from whether
or not that is something that has to deal with their personality with their
preferences maybe your chemical imbalances in their lives maybe with
their trying to beat up drinking with education they have received that we can
rely on some of the psychological test results to immediately shed light on
that and help a person understand what area of their life and other functioning
they need to focus on so it’s a very accelerated quick tangible reasonable
understandable and principled way of getting to the depth of a person’s
functioning and and relating to reality around them and quickly coming to terms
with some solutions as well that is the role of a psychologist who would sit
down with the client and that’s what I do on a daily basis or sit down with my
clients after they have gone through a battery of psychological testing we make
those test results understandable and help every we provide explanations to
our clients so that they can make sense and meaning out of that first testing
controlling understand themselves better after a few I would say a couple of
weeks of going through a series of tests that may include up to about
10 different tests but as little as maybe two or three tests clients have a
much better understanding of those underlying conditions and with
explanation that we provide they can get to work on themselves in a much more
refined focused fashion where there are less doubt and confusion and weight
vagueness and more clarity and guided instruction if you will to address their
issues while they’re in treatment so they can take these lessons from the
psychological tests with them into the groups that they interact with into the
individual therapy into their living situation and the other benefit to this
beyond what the client can do is also for the treatment team to understand the
very unique characteristics of that client that has gone through the
psychological testing so that the treatment team also can come up with a
very customized and personalized treatment plan that is unique and
tailored to their very specific needs of that particular client and again help
them grow and make progress through their treatment protocol I hope that was
a good explanation for the reasons and the benefits why we engage in
psychological testing there are there are only a few centers really within the
addiction treatment field that engagement such tests because it is a
times cost prohibitive it is time consuming as well as the requirements
licensing and credentialing requirements that are needed necessary to perform
psychological testing and if you have any questions feel free to reach out to
us you can reach out to myself the other website is email and telephone number
available if you would like to find out more
about psychological testing and their benefits for your yourself your loved
ones or anyone that you would like to benefit from tree thank you

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