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. 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. All psychologists have extensive clinical experience and expertise in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of substance abuse and mental health disorders/conditions and 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 after-care 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.

Tests

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.


I started drinking a lot early in high school. Everyone bullied me and I felt like I never wanted to be around anyone. The women's program at Four Circles was the first time I felt like I could open up to other girls my age. I made such great friends there and together we have all stopped drinking. I love Four Circles!

– Lillie C.
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