What is a Psychometrist?

Written By Colleen Bow (Psychometrist and Neurotherapist)

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A Psychometrist is directly involved in administering a variety of cognitive and psychological tests to patients and helping to assess their conditions. Clients may make use of this information for the purposes of self-awareness and growth with the aim of guiding personal development strategies. Identifying one’s areas of strength and weakness can guide decision making regarding further education and training as well as personal growth. Patients may also be referred by a Psychologist for a variety of reasons including cognitive assessment, personality assessment as well as mental illness. The assessment results help the Psychologist to make an accurate diagnosis and plan appropriate treatment strategies.

Psychometric tests can be used to identify areas of the brain affected by stroke, head injury or congenital illness. For patients with behavioural issues the testing process can help to identify behavioural patterns and triggers. In an occupational setting, employers also use psychometric testing to evaluate aptitudes and personality traits in their staff and prospective employees.

The role of the Psychometrist encompasses the administration of the tests to clients as well as report writing, feedback and counselling on the results. These tests may be written, verbal or physical tests. The test results combined with the Psychometrists observations during the testing process have clinical and diagnostic value that are formulated into a report. A Psychometrist may also conduct interviews and make use of tests for the purposes of self-development in individuals, e.g. subject choice and career guidance or personal growth coaching. The report of a Psychometrist may be used to identify the most suitable procedures for counselling, psychotherapy and job placement and may also be used to design and plan the evaluation of personnel enrichment programmes.   

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