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Outpatient Assessments

Assessments for Emerging Adults

While most young adults experience a smooth transition from adolescence to adulthood, some don't. For them, failing grades, avoiding work, increased substance use, broken relationships and other issues may indicate that psychological problems are interfering with this transition.


Our 4.5-day, comprehensive outpatient assessment for emerging adults can provide clarity about the seriousness of the situation and can help motivate individuals to take healthy actions.


Talk to Admissions about scheduling an assessment.


The success of our assessment process stems from an interdisciplinary perspective, which allows the young adult and the family to understand the medical, emotional and environmental factors involved. All assessment teams include a physician, psychologist and therapist, as well as other specialists who are consulted based on the young adult’s needs.

Our Assessment Process

For the emerging adult, the assessment can easily be tailored to:

  • Learning disabilities, attention deficit or autism spectrum disorder that may have been previously overlooked
  • Mood disorders, including depression and bipolar disorder
  • Anxiety disorders, including OCD and PTSD
  • Emerging thought disorders, such as schizophrenia
  • Substance abuse and addiction
  • Emerging personality disorders
  • Eating disorders and nutrition
  • Compulsive behavior
  • Excessive spending or other risky behaviors
  • Clarity about vocational goals
  • Relationship problems and isolation from friends or family
  • Sexual identity and gender identity

What You Get with an Assessment

Emerging adult assessments include:

  • Genetic testing, brain MRI, labs, a drug screen and a physical exam
  • Two sessions with the young adult and the psychiatrist
  • One session with the parents and the psychiatrist
  • One session with the young adult and the psychologist as well as standardized psychological testing
  • Four individual sessions with the young adult and the lead therapist
  • One session with the parents and the lead therapist
  • Interviews with the young adult's current or past mental health professionals and a review of past records
  • Two hour diagnostic feedback and recommendation review with the psychiatrist and lead therapist and the young adult and family
  • Written executive summary (about 12 – 15 pages) including case formulation, diagnoses and recommendations for treatment and referrals for next steps

In addition, specialty consultations and evaluations recommended for young adults may include:

  • Academic or neuropsychological (IQ) testing
  • Addiction and compulsive behavior assessment
  • Anxiety assessment
  • Developmental testing
  • Eating disorder and nutritional evaluation
  • Vocational assessment
  • Sexual health assessment
  • Pharmacology review
  • Suicidality or self-injury assessment
  • Structured clinical interviews
  • Trauma assessment

All of our team members are very experienced in engaging young adults and working with families.  The team, young adult and family collaboratively discuss options for achieving physical and mental health and success, an important step toward taking action on making lifestyle changes.

Young adults often report an increased willingness to engage in treatment following the assessment, and families often describe having a deeper understanding of their young adult and feel relieved to have a plan moving forward.


Scheduling an Assessment

To schedule an emerging adult assessment, call 713-275-5400.