Competency Assessment

 

For any of us, making complicated decisions can be difficult at times.

In Alberta, either a psychologist or a physician can legally declare someone as a "dependent' adult. If a person is declared to be a dependent adult, he or she requires the appointment of a formal and recognized individual to help them make decisions. These formal "decision makers" are called guardians (who help with legal, residential, medical, or social decisions) or trustees (who help with financial or property decisions).

In Alberta, either a psychologist or a physician can legally declare someone as a "dependent" adult. If a person is declared to be a dependent adult, he or she requires the appointment of a formal and recognized individual to help them make decisions. These formal "decision makers" are called guardians (who help with legal, residential, medical, or social decisions) or trustees (who help with financial or property decisions).

 




Obviously, the decision to declare someone a "dependent" adult who is in need of a guardian and/or trustee is a very critical decision that has important implications for one's human rights and their protection from harm. Psychologists have unique skills to determine whether an individual's cognitive, emotional, or developmental condition is interfering with judgment and reasoning, and rendering the individual at risk to themselves or others. Through standardized cognitive and neuropsychological assessment tools, psychologists can provide comprehensive evaluations of thinking and reasoning skills, problem solving, language functioning, attention, memory, and emotional state, in order to make the determination of whether an individual should be declared a dependent adult.

At our office, Dr. Monty Nelson and Dr. Norman Brodie have a clinical interest in performing these types of assessments. Please contact them if you'd like to discuss whether such an evaluation could be helpful to you.