The Claudia Black Young Adult Center has incorporated the Test of Variables of Attention (T.O.V.A.) to its assessment protocol. This initiative brings an objective functional measure to inform its clinical assessment with regard to the differential diagnosis and treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
“Using the T.O.V.A is a critical piece to comprehensive assessments to address such complexity of symptoms and behaviors in our clients. It raises our high standard of service to an even greater level,” says Claudia Black, Ph.D., clinical architect of the Claudia Black Young Adult Center and renowned speaker and author who has been working with family systems and addictive disorders since the 1970s.
Essentially, T.O.V.A. is a computerized test of attention that assists in the screening, diagnosis, and treatment monitoring of attention disorders, such as ADHD. The introduction of T.O.V.A. complements the multidisciplinary clinical assessment developed by nursing, general medicine and addictions specialists, along with the psychotherapy and psychiatry staff at the Claudia Black Young Adult Center. This new corroborative psychological testing that was by recommended Dr. James Cahill of the Claudia Black Young Adult Center helps to better understand each patient as an individual.
Many of the young adults presenting to the Claudia Black Young Adult Center report either a history of a prior diagnosis of ADHD/ADD (often with associated trials of medication treatment) or ongoing prominent symptoms of distractibility, impulsivity, restlessness, poor frustration tolerance, and inconsistent task completion. This report often accompanies a history of substance use disorders, relational trauma, anxiety disorders, and mood dysregulation. The symptoms of ADHD may at times be directly due to a substance withdrawal syndrome, the consequences of trauma or a mood disorder itself. The presence of such comorbidity complicates the diagnostic process and necessitates a careful consideration of the specifics unique to each individual’s clinical presentation.
About The Claudia Black Young Adult Center
The Claudia Black Young Adult Center in Wickenburg, Arizona, provides an intensive, experientially based 45-day treatment program for young adults ages 18 – 26 who are struggling with unresolved emotional trauma, addiction, have a dual diagnosis or who have failed past addiction treatments. Dr. Claudia Black - renowned author, speaker, and trainer who has been working with family systems and addictive disorders since the 1970s - is the clinical architect of the Claudia Black Young Adult Center.
In a safe and nurturing community composed of their peers, young adults are guided on their journey of recovery by examining the underlying causes of addiction and co-occurring disorders. The goal is for these individuals to gain the courage to face difficult issues, including grief and loss; heal from emotional trauma; and become accountable for their own feelings, behaviors, and recovery. To learn more or to speak with an Admissions representative please call 855-333-6075.