Psychological and Cognitive Testing

Constellation Behavioral Health offers more psychological testing than any comparable program in the country:

  • Customized treatment planning based on diagnosis.
  • 10-20 hours of psychological and cognitive testing (all inclusive).
  • State-of-the-art neuropsychological testing and assessment program.
  • Over 50 psychological, cognitive, personality and vocational tests available.
  • Testing results integrated into daily treatment.
  • Full-time, senior neuropsychologist with 20 years of experience on 3,000 cases.

Personalized and unique treatment plans for drug and alcohol addiction begin with a comprehensive evaluation period. This initial phase in treatment is a crucial first step because it allows the treatment team to identify all the issues that are challenging the patient’s ability to remain clean and sober.

Testing offered by Constellation Behavioral Health

Cognitive Testing:

  • Wechsler Memory Scale (WMS-IV)
  • Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS-IV)
  • Woodcock-Johnson Test of Achievement Neurotrax
  • Test of Variable Attention for ADD (TOVA-8)

Psychological Testing

  • Rorschach Inkblot Test
  • Rotter Incomplete Phrase Task
  • Halstead-Reitan Neuropsychological Battery
  • Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI-2)
  • Thematic Appreciation Test
  • Beck Depression Inventory
  • Projective Drawings: House-Tree-Person
  • Beck Anxiety Inventory
  • Post Traumatic Stress Diagnostic Scale (PDS)
  • Trail Making Test (Parts A & B)
  • Symptom Checklist (SCL-90-R)
  • Clinical Interview

Other:

  • Personality: Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)
  • Vocational: Strong Interest Inventory
  • Alternative: Enneagram

Modalities

  • Dialectic Behavioral Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Relapse Prevention Therapy
  • Neurofeedback
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Energy Psychology
  • Experiential Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • 12-Step Support Groups

Range of Diagnoses

  • Severe Anxiety and Depression
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Schizoid Disorder, Covert Type
  • Receptive Auditory Processing Deficit
  • Depersonalization Disorder
  • Major Depressive Disorder with Complicated Bereavement
  • Reading Disorder
  • Schizotypal Disorder
  • Disorder of Written Expression
  • Alzheimer’s Disease (confirmed by neurologist)
  • Severe Auditory Processing Deficit Disorder
  • Dysarthria and Auditory Processing Deficit (confirmed by speech pathologist)
  • Dysthymic Disorder
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Panic Disorder with Agoraphobia
  • Avoidant Personality Disorder
  • Minor Cognitive Impairment
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Narcissistic Personality Disorder
  • Schizoaffective Disorder
  • Dependent Personality Disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Depression Not Otherwise Specified
  • Suicidal Ideation

Psychological and cognitive testing can help the therapeutic team to identify the primary and secondary issues that require focus in addiction treatment and create a unique treatment plan that utilizes a wide range of medical and psychotherapeutic resources to provide effective intervention for each obstacle to sobriety.

Types of Testing

There are a number of different ways of getting the information necessary to create a well-rounded addiction treatment program. These include:

  • Question and answer tests conducted by a trained therapist
  • Computer tests and evaluations
  • Personal interview with the patient
  • Personal interviews with family members, separately and together
  • Medical scans (e.g., brain scans)
  • Blood tests
  • Physicals

Learning about symptoms experienced directly from the patient, identifying coinciding issues based on family response, and recognizing physical trauma, disease, or injury that can manifest as mental health or mood issues can shine a light on the big picture so psychotherapeutic professionals and doctors can work together to organize an integrated treatment plan to help the patient heal on all fronts.

Integrated Treatment

A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reported that more than 50 percent of patients living with an addiction to a drug other than alcohol are also living with a co-occurring mental health disorder. Among those diagnosed with an alcohol abuse disorder, 37 percent were found to have a co-occurring mental health disorder as well. The odds of dealing with disruptive mental health symptoms are seven times higher among patients with a substance abuse disorder as compared to those without a drug problem.

This study and others like it highlight the need to offer patients an integrated treatment plan designed to address the issues that present challenges to them in addition to offering intensive addiction treatment services. A one-size-fits-all treatment model does not work to address the patient struggling with learning disabilities, mental health symptoms, trauma, relationship difficulties, and other issues that can trigger relapse in recovery and often drive the drug abuse disorder.

At Constellation Behavioral Health, we prioritize the experience of the patient and ensure that he or she has a voice in their treatment plan as well. Our patients are encouraged to work together with their therapeutic treatment team to create goals for recovery, assess whether or not they feel they have met those goals, and utilize treatment resources to turn in a new direction or amplify their original purpose in treatment.

Ongoing Support

Recovery does not end when the time spent in rehabilitation is over. Many patients opt to continue long-term therapeutic intervention to address comorbid issues identified by psychological and cognitive testing well after their initial stay in drug rehab is complete. The utilization of an intensive evaluation process at the onset of treatment can serve to increase the efficacy of care as well as improve the overall quality of life of the patient and deepen their relationship with us here at Constellation Behavioral Health as they grow and progress past drug abuse into a life characterized by balance and wellness.