Testing And Assessments


Family Guidance Center:

Meeting your Testing and Assessment Needs

Here at the Family Guidance Center we have a wide variety of psychological tests and assessment measures designed to address the needs of our clients. These tests also allow us to address the many different questions our referral sources often have regarding client needs and abilities. Our dedicated staff is trained in the administration and interpretation of the assessments we use, allowing us to provide a comprehensive picture of those we evaluate.

Assessments We Provide:

Personality Inventories

Personality inventories are widely used and perhaps the most popular of all psychological tests. These tests tend to be comprehensive in nature, asking clients a wide variety of questions regarding their feelings, attitudes, thoughts, and behaviors. Scores from personality inventories are used to give practitioners and referral sources insight into the personality and psychological functioning of a given client. Appropriate for adults and many adolescents examples used at the Family Guidance Center include:

– Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory -2 (MMPI-2) *audio version available for clients with limited reading

– Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Disorder- A (MMPI-A- adolescent )

– 16 Personality Factor Questionnaire (16PF)-adult and adolescent versions

– Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory (MCMI-III)

– Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)


Childhood Behavior and Mental Health Assessments

Children have their own unique needs in regards to psychological testing. It is for this reason that the Family Guidance Center has tests and assessments designed solely for use with kids and their caregivers. These tests are similar in design to personality inventories and adult mental illness assessments. The tests listed below are designed to allow the child themselves to report on their experience when possible, many also allow for reporting by parents and teachers as well.

Behavior Assessment System for Children (BASC-2)

Child Autism Rating Scale (CARS)

Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL)

Preschool Feelings Checklist for Parents

Social Skills Rating System (SSRS)


Anger management and Domestic Violence Evaluations

– Screening Questionnaire for Abuse Among Pregnant Teens

Conflict Tactics Scale 1and 2

State Trait Anger Expression Inventory-2 (STAXI-2)

Adult-Adolescent Parenting Inventory (AAPI-2)

Psychological Violence Inventory

Spouse Abuse History Form


Drug and Alcohol Screens

The clinicians at the Family Guidance Center have many different screening devices for use in the detection of a drug or alcohol abuse problem. A “screen” is a short, usually self report questionnaire that when scored, indicates if a client has a substance abuse problem. Some examples of the screening tools that we use at the Family Guidance Center are:

Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory -3 (SASSI-3)

Substance Abuse/ Mental Illness Questionnaire (SAMI)

Michigan Alcohol Screening Test (MAST)

Drug Abuse Screening Test (DAST)

Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test

Severity of Alcohol Dependence Questionnaire


Intelligence and Developmental/ School Assessments

Often when we assess clients, intelligence and developmental skills tests can shed important light on the individual’s particular needs, strengths, and struggles. Appropriate for all age groups these types of tests can inform providers, clients, and referral sources about the presence of specific learning abilities and disabilities, overall intelligence, and specific developmental or achievement deficits. Examples of these tests used at the Family Guidance Center are:

Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS-IV)

Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC-IV)

Learner Questionnaire v School Function Assessment

Developmental Test of Visual Motor Integration

School Refusal Assessment Scale- Revised

Aimsweb MAZE Reading Assessment

Woodcock Johnson Tests of Achievement (WJ-III)


Projective Tests

Projective tests have a long history in the assessment of personality. These types of tests are less structured than the personality inventories. Tests in this category can lend useful information to an assessment when used in conjunction with reliable personality inventories and clinical interviews. At the Family Guidance Center we employ the most popular projective tests including the:

Thematic Apperception Test (TAT)

Draw- a- Person Test



Adult Mental Health Assessments

This category of assessment measures offers a wide variety of tests, most often short, self-report questionnaires, designed to identify specific mental health issues that a client may be facing. Among the tests offered by the Family Guidance Center are:

The Beck Depression Inventory (BDI-II)

The Beck Anxiety Inventory

Burns Depressive Checklist v Quick Inventory of Depressive Symptomatology (QIDS-SR)

Sheehan Panic Disorder Scale (SPS)

Vancouver Obsessive Compulsive Inventory (VOCI)

Obsessive Compulsive Inventory- Revised (OCI-R)

Fatigue Assessment Scale (FAS)

Epworth Sleepiness Scale (ESS)

Sheehan Work Disability Scale

Eating Disorders Diagnostic Scale (EDDS)

Adult ADHD Self Report Scale v Common Mental Disorders Questionnaire (CMDQ)

Adult Self-Report Scale Symptom Checklist (ASRS)

Suicide Assessment

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Symptom Scale- Revised

Brief Betrayal Trauma Survey


Vocational Assessments

Vocational assessments are useful for young adults who are undecided about their career choice, as well as older workers who have been forced to find a new job or chosen to pursue a second career. These types of assessments ask the individual to go through and rate a wide assortment of likes and dislikes and possible careers. The result is a profile of likely careers the client would enjoy which the client can then discuss with a clinician. At the Family Guidance Center we have two of the most popular vocational assessments:

The Strong Interest Inventory

The Self Directed Search (SDS)


We are proud to say that we tailor our services to each individual client and draw on a wide variety of new as well as time tested diagnostic tools.