IQ scores don't directly help you understand how your (gifted) mind works or the various nuances of your unique gifted profile - that's where a qualitative assessment comes in. Qualitative assessments with InterGifted help you look at whether you are gifted, and if so, what your unique gifted profile is. A qualitative assessment is beneficial for your self-understanding and unlocks doors for legitimizing, accepting, and empowering yourself on your self-awareness journey. As it is qualitative only, our process does not include testing of any kind. The process consists of written preparation and a two-hour live discussion. Our assessors have extensive experience working with gifted, twice-exceptional and multi-exceptional adults, and they are themselves gifted (and multi-exceptional). Read what our assessment clients say about what they've gained from their assessment with us.

WHAT WE EVALUATE

A qualitative assessment looks at giftedness based on cognitive, thought, and emotional patterns. Via your preparatory work and our live assessment discussion with you, we combine our professional knowledge with an exploration of your mind space in order to understand the way your mind works. Using the model of giftedness developed by InterGifted's founder Jennifer Harvey Sallin, which you can learn more about here, our assessments take a full-picture look at your unique profile including:

  • your level of giftedness
  • your areas of intelligence and how they work together most naturally for you
  • any possible twice- or multi-exceptionalities
  • other relevant intersectionalities, including how other complicating factors such as trauma history and chronic physical or mental health issues have affected your ability to express your gifted mind and self fully
  • how environmental and social support, resources, and opportunities (or lack thereof) have helped or hindered your ability to express essential parts of your gifted mind and self fully
  • as appropriate, a clarifying discussion about the difference between external evidence of giftedness (such as good grades and eminence) vs. the inner reality of giftedness which may not be expressed in traditionally externalized ways

As we are discussing material that can be challenging and confronting, it's important for our clients to be in a stable emotional state and ready to engage in the process of self-discovery, wherever it leads them (more information on "assessment readiness" below).

ABOUT THE ASSESSMENT PROCESS

Prior to the assessment session, we will send you pre-assessment reading and have you submit notes and answers to questions about your personal history. This submission will serve as the basis for our assessment discussion, which is held on zoom.us and lasts two hours. During the assessment session, we will clarify your profile with you and will provide personalized resource recommendations based on your unique profile, needs and personal development journey. We do not provide follow-up assessment reports, but often provide followup recommendations via email, such as relevant research/literature, social connection resources, and coaching and therapy recommendations. To get an idea of what you can expect from the assessment process, you can read about the experiences of our clients here.

HOW TO KNOW IF YOU'RE READY FOR AN ASSESSMENT WITH US

Our assessment process is designed for people who are ready and excited to learn about their cognitive profile and are currently able to apply that knowledge actively in their personal development process. Given the purpose and format of our assessments, it is important for our clients to be in a stable and non-rushed emotional and psychological state, to feel safe and ready to share openly about their mind and personal background with us, to explore potentially challenging material, and to be comfortable being assessed with the giftedness model we use.

Here are some indicators that our assessment is not the best next step in your journey:

  • You are in a state of extreme emotional or existential pain or turmoil, or are in personal crisis. You can refer to the Global Assessment of Functioning Scale as a rough guide: our assessments are designed for clients who are in the "stable to thriving" category represented by the range of 61-100.
  • You are feeling resistant to, scared of or even angry about getting assessed; you are not comfortable confronting your profile in an honest and open way.
  • You are not comfortable with the model of giftedness we use (linked above).

If you find that you're not ready for an assessment due to personal crisis, instability, fear or anger, you may need to work toward feeling safe, stable, connected, and hopeful before engaging in the assessment process. In some cases, we can support you in that process via helping you find a gifted-specific therapist. If you're in an urgent crisis situation, we recommend seeking local qualified medical, psychiatric or crisis-oriented psychological support. If you're not in a crisis, but are feeling unsure of your best next step, we recommend an orienting session, in which one of our coaches will help you take inventory of your current situation and needs, and will help you make a plan forward. You can learn more about orienting sessions on our coaching page.

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ASSESSORS, COSTS & BOOKING

We currently have a team of four assessors, listed below. You can click on their names to learn about each of them. Costs vary according to our assessors' location and level of experience. You can book directly with our assessors, or if you are unsure which assessor you prefer to meet with, you can email us directly at coaching@intergifted.com or via the form at the bottom of this page and we will help you choose the best fitting assessor for you.

Jennifer Harvey Sallin

Jennifer is InterGifted's founding director; assessments with her can be conducted in English, French or Italian. The cost is 750 CHF (she currently has a 6-month waiting list). You can schedule directly with her via email.

Karin Eglinton

Karin is InterGifted's community leader; assessments with her are conducted in English; cost is 510 Euros (approximately 550 CHF). Karin has a waiting list of 3 months. You can schedule directly with Karin via email.

Silver Huang

Assessments conducted in English; cost is 875 AUD (approximately 570 CHF). You can schedule directly with Silver via her contact page.

Merlin Györy

Assessments conducted in English; cost is 510 Euros (approximately 550 CHF). You can schedule with Merlin via email.

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ANSWERS TO FAQs

Is there testing involved?

Our assessments are qualitative, not quantitative; so we do not do IQ testing (or any other form of testing). You do not need to have an IQ score in order for us to carry out an assessment. If you have an IQ score from a previous test, we may factor that into our qualitative assessment, however it is not a necessary requirement.

What are your assessments based on? 

We base our assessments on our training, years of experience working with and assessing gifted clients, as well as our research knowledge on giftedness, twice-/multi-exceptionality, and gifted-specific psychology. We use Jennifer Harvey Sallin's model of giftedness as a basis for our assessments.

What if I'm unsure about being gifted?

You do not need to be sure that you are gifted before having an assessment. If you are unsure, we help you evaluate that and can still provide resources and suggestions for next steps, even if you discover that you are not gifted via our assessment.

Can I use this assessment for self-advocacy (at school, in legal situations, etc)?

Our assessments can be a helpful step for self-advocacy with employers, family members, or schools. They are not appropriate for legal cases or other situations which involve a need for quantitative reports.

Do you offer follow-up assessment reports?

No, we do not provide assessment reports. We will, however, send you a follow up email with resource recommendations, based on our assessment discussion.

Do you offer follow-up assessment sessions? 

Some clients choose to schedule additional assessment discussion sessions to further explore more specific aspects of the initial assessment discussion, such as how twice-exceptionalities or other factors affect giftedness expression or how one can best manage one's energy based on their gifted profile; however the first assessment session gives a thorough overview of giftedness level(s), areas of intelligence, possible twice-exceptionalities, and resources and recommendations for personal development based on one's unique profile. Follow-up assessment discussions are priced at the assessors hourly rate.

Can I get gifted coaching before I have an assessment? Or should I wait? 

You can pursue gifted coaching before or simultaneous to having an assessment. If you're feeling anxious about doing an assessment, it may be better to schedule an orienting session, a series of coaching sessions, or even a therapy search with us in order to help you prepare for the assessment process. You can learn more about that here and contact us to get started: coaching@intergifted.com.


SCHEDULE & GET STARTED

Email us at coaching@intergifted.com or via our contact form below to schedule an assessment with us. If you have any trouble with the form submission below, or you don't hear back from us within a week of submitting the form, please email us directly at coaching@intergifted.com.

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