Welcome to the Assesment and family testing page:

Here is a list of the assessments we do:   

The University of Rhode Island Change Assessment (URICA)
is an assessment of readiness to change. The model describes 4 stages of change: pre-contemplation, in which there is no recognition that there is a problem; contemplation, where recognition of a problem surfaces, but there is still no plan for action; action, in which actual steps toward change are taken; and maintenance, in which change becomes more stable and less affected by daily stresses.


McMaster Family Assessment Device,  is a screening measure for family functioning based on several clinically important dimensions:  problem solving,  communication, roles, affective responsiveness, affective involvement, behavior control.  The general family functioning scale is an assessment of the overall health/pathology of the family. 


Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory for Adolescents (SASSI) is a reliable screening instrument which identifies the adolescent’s likelihood of having a substance use disorder.  It returns a decision on the probability of there being a substance abuse or dependence disorder, identifies which is more probable, and makes a recommendation on whether or not further testing is needed. 


Resiliency Scales for Adolescents  - identifies and measures qualities which influence an adolescents capacity to “weather” the conflicts and difficulties of maturing.  Major scales include Mastery, or sense of competence in their environment as measured by the constructs of optimism, self-efficacy and adaptability;  Relatedness, or relational experience as measured by the constructs of trust, support, comfort and tolerance; and Reactivity, a measure of the youth’s ability to regulate emotions and the degree to which he or she responds to stress, measured by sensitivity, recovery and impairment. 


Family Adaptability and Cohesion Evaluation Scale (FACES III) - focuses on Cohesion and Adaptability, two significant measures of family functioning and family dynamics. Cohesion indicates the degree to which family members are separated from or connected to their family, or the degree of emotional bonding that family members have toward one another. It is measured on a scale ranging from disengaged to enmeshed. Adaptability refers to the extent to which the family system is flexible and able to change, i.e., the ability of a system to change its power structure, role relationships, and relationship rules in response to situational and developmental stress. Adaptability is rated from rigid to very flexible, or chaotic.

Parent-Adolescent Communication (PAC) - is used to describe the views of both adolescents and their parents in such areas as openness or freedom to exchange ideas, information and concerns between generations; the trust or honesty experienced; and the tone or emotional tenor of the interactions, whether positive or negative (process and content). The scale allows the individual to rate their communication with each parent separately.


Family Satisfaction - is a measure of how the family feels about the family and is based on cohesion and adaptability factors. The particular subscales for this instrument include emotional bonding, family boundaries, coalitions, time, space, friends, decision-making, interests and recreation, assertiveness, control, discipline, negotiation, roles and rules. It should also be noted that the degree of agreement between family members about how they feel is important here, versus where the family falls on the cohesion and adaptability indices.

Family Strengths - considers family pride and loyalty, issues relating to respect and trust, optimism, values and beliefs, and family accord, or attributes relating to a family’s sense of mastery or competency. The latter includes decision-making skills and problem solving abilities.


Quality of Life - is a brief measure of many different components of the family environment. Results are described on a rating scale from one to five on how satisfied with each area the family members are. The components include satisfaction with the family, opportunities for growth and learning within the community, safety, financial well-being, support systems, religion, leisure time and recreation, and work.

RELATE - is a computer-based measure about the parental relationship and is designed to help focus the couple on developing strengths and overcoming challenges. Areas addressed in RELATE have been found to be most important in influencing relationship quality, which in turn, influences family well-being. RELATE areas include relationship satisfaction and stability, kindness/flexibility, emotional readiness, family background, effective communication, conflict resolution, problem areas, religiosity/spirituality, and a special checklist of other challenges couples commonly face.