Testing & Assessment Options During Treatment

A comprehensive battery of psychological, educational, and vocational testing is available as an optional service at Four Circles Recovery Center. The psychological evaluations are conducted through the Center for Research, Assessment, and Treatment Efficacy (CReATE) located in Asheville, NC. The CReATE team is a group of highly skilled clinicians with extensive experience in psychological assessment and the provision of evidence-based treatments. In addition to their clinical experience, all psychologists are experts in the process of assessing and diagnosing, and in delivering treatment for substance abuse and mental health disorders. They are fully licensed at the doctoral level by the state of North Carolina.

Psychological testing is a comprehensive evaluation procedure that measures and identifies important information about an individual’s current level of functioning, mental health conditions or emerging psychopathology, underlying cognitive or learning issues, strengths and weaknesses, identification of risk factors, and recommendations for maximizing success in treatment. The evaluation can assist in clarifying diagnoses and formulating a successful treatment plan through improved understanding of the complex interplay between emotional, behavioral, cognitive, personality, and learning issues.

The psychologists of CReATE use evidence-based assessment approaches in their evaluations. They will provide a comprehensive verbal explanation to the individual client and to the family (with consent) regarding the testing results, and will also provide a comprehensive written report of all findings with explanations of the tests used and the results, a comprehensive psychosocial history, a summary and diagnostic formulation, and recommendations for treatment, intervention, education, and/or aftercare planning. They will also consult with the client’s therapist at Four Circles Recovery Center as well as other professionals who may be involved in coordination of the client’s treatment, as deemed appropriate.

Standard Battery of Tests:

  • Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale – III (WAIS-III)
  • Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory – 2 (MMPI-2)
  • Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory – III (MCMI-III)
  • Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory – 3 (SASSI-3)
  • Campbell Interest and Skill Survey (CISS)
  • Sentence Completion Test
  • Mental Status Examination
  • Review of Mental Health Records
  • Clinical Interviews (adult and significant others, as applicable)
  • Consultation with collateral professionals (e.g. educational consultant or community mental health therapist or liaison)
  • Feedback Session

A wide variety of other tests, such as neuropsychological screening measures, executive functioning tests, mood and anxiety specific measures, and ADHD tests will be tailored to the individual needs of the client. The Woodcock-Johnson Tests of Achievement are available at an additional cost and would be considered important for academic planning, when applicable.

We are affiliated with the following organizations, which provide accreditation, education, and training to ensure quality behavioral health and addiction treatment.
  • Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)
  • National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP)
  • National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP)
  • Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Council
  • The Jason Foundation