Assessment Center

Comprehensive Assessments

In speaking with emerging adults and their families, we find that most have unanswered questions and missing pieces in their understanding of what is wrong and what would truly help. We recognize that emerging adults can have complex concerns involving who they are and what motivates their choices and actions, why they are undermining themselves and not moving forward, how they feel about their bodies, their place, and purpose in the world, and how to connect with others. These struggles can be overwhelming and difficult to integrate.

Yellowbrick collaborates with emerging adults and their families to bring together diverse sources of information into a coherent whole that instrumentally guides decisions and future plans. Senior clinicians facilitate a creative and interactive process that identifies factors contributing to the origins and maintenance of mental illness. Our assessment methods help emerging adults to define personal limitations, choices, and behaviors that put their progress and development at risk. 

Most importantly, the evaluation elicits strengths, talents, and areas of authentic motivation that fuel the momentum for change. Yellowbrick’s assessment and consultation process defines the core strengths and struggles integral to a realistic vision of an authentic life plan.

Yellowbrick recognizes that individuals and families are best served when offered options that respond to their clinical, personal and financial context. Therefore Yellowbrick provides choices for assessment and pathways for treatment.

Yellowbrick offers emerging adults and adolescents (16+) two levels of assessment:

Comprehensive: A comprehensive assessment is an intensive three-day process involving in-depth individual and family interviews, neurocognitive and personality testing, psychiatric evaluation including pharmacogenetic testing and Quantitative EEG neuroimaging, and evaluation in the areas of substance use, nutrition, executive function & life skills, and education & career.

Specialty: The one-day Specialty assessment is also very rigorous but is specifically focused on key issues previously identified in the young person’s life; trauma, compulsive behavior patterns/addictions, eating disorders, and troubles in the relationship between body and self-experience. There is also an in-depth Psychiatric/Neuroscience Specialty assessment.

Comprehensive Assessments (can include the following):

  • History by Assessment Coordinator
  • Yellowbrick Self-report Assessment Questionnaires
  • Neuropsychological & Cognitive Testing (CANTAB)
  • Personality Psychological Testing (MMPI)
  • Self in Relation Interview; Medical Director
  • Developmental Interview; Professional Staff
  • Family Interviews; Director of Family Services & Systems
  • Psychiatric Interview & Diagnostic Examination History of Present Illness; Structured Interview for DSM Diagnosis
  • (SCID-I Review of History and Current Neurobiological Treatments
    qEEG; Quantitative EEG
  • Pharmacol-genomic analysis
  • Substance Use Assessment (ASAM criteria)
  • Executive Function & Life Skills Assessment
  • Education & Career Assessment
  • Medical & Health Survey
  • Wellness, activity and nutrition Interview
  • Collaboration Conference: Assessment Team, Emerging Adult, Family; (2 hours)
  • Collaboration Conference Report: Integration of Findings and Recommendations
  • Comprehensive Assessment Report (6 weeks)

 Just as treatment plans are highly individualized at Yellowbrick, assessments can vary depending on the specific needs of the individual and can vary in the length of time required or specialty such as eating disorder, substance use disorder, etc.  Contact our admissions team today to explore the best option for your situation: 1-866-354-0222 or

Once a customized understanding and framework has been developed, Yellowbrick ensures communication, linkage, and follow-up whether treatment is to occur within Yellowbrick programs, or referral in Chicago or elsewhere across the nation. A practical, useful report summarizing significant findings and recommendations is provided verbally in a family conference at the conclusion of the assessment consultation with a written report to follow.

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Yellowbrick collaborates with adolescents and emerging adults, ages 16-30's, their families and participating professionals toward the development and implementation of a strategic “Life Plan.” An integrative, multi-specialty consultation clarifies strengths, limitations, and risks, and defines motivations, goals and choices.

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    A mental health condition that’s characterized by intense shifts in mood including both manic and depressive episodes.

    Major Depressive Disorder

    People living with Major Depressive Disorder, or MDD, experience episodes of depression and sadness that are debilitating to daily life.

    Anxiety Disorders

    Those living with anxiety disorders experience high levels of anxiety and stress that interfere negatively with daily life.

    Neuroatypical “Spectrum” Individuals and their Families

    These individuals often experience an extended period of anxiety and disruption as the young person ages out of the structured support settings available through the educational and social services systems.

    Thought Disorder

    A mental health issue in which a person’s cognitive function is impaired, resulting in symptoms like experiencing challenges with conducting speech, reading and writing, and behavior.

    Personality Disorders

    Mental health disorders that negatively affect a person’s behaviors, thought patterns, and function. People diagnosed with these disorders experience challenges with managing relationships and understanding various situations.


    Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a mental health condition that people can develop as a result of experiencing traumatic situations, characterized by symptoms including flashbacks, avoidance behaviors, and more.


    A mental health condition that is characterized by specific symptoms of forgetfulness and lack of concentration, which makes it challenging to complete necessary tasks.

    Eating Disorders

    Mental health conditions that interfere with a person’s eating habits, thought patterns, and behaviors in negative ways.


    A mental health disorder diagnosable with the DSM-5 that is characterized by both obsessions and compulsive behaviors.

    Adopted Individuals and Families

    We are committed to the developing specialized services for adopted emerging adults and their families.