Chronic Pain/Disability Assessment
Chronic Pain/Disability Assessments address issues such as the nature and history of the presenting problem/disability, personal history, psychological and emotional functioning (including determination of psychiatric [DSM-IV] diagnoses, if relevant), psychometric assessment of perceived pain and disability, coping skills, personality functioning, and recommendations for treatment. This type of assessment is most useful when alternative employment is not an issue.
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Psychological Assessments address issues such as nature and history of the presenting problem/disability, personal history, general level of intellectual functioning, psychological and emotional functioning (including determination of psychiatric [DSM-IV] diagnoses, if relevant), psychometric assessment of perceived disability, coping skills, personality functioning, and treatment recommendations. Issues to be assessed will include life stress, coping skills, and other resources.
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Vocational Assessments are specifically directed at identifying the client's potential for competitive employment, and identification of appropriate employment possibilities. In addition to a review of the client's vocational and academic history, vocational assessments consist of objective determination of overall intellectual functioning, academic potential, aptitudes, motivation, and vocational interests. Identification of specific barriers to competitive employment, both as perceived by the client and as determined by a review of medical and/or other available information, will be factored into computer-based and clinical job matching. Consideration will be given to various levels of employment-related rehabilitation and retraining, as appropriate for each client, and recommendations for overcoming barriers to employment will be provided.