Queen's University

Assessment centre welcomes international visitor

Iris Lam, a clinical psychologist in the Centre of Development and Resources for Students at the University of Hong Kong, recently spent a week at the Regional Assessment and Resource Centre at Queen's. Ms Lam says she learned a lot that will positively impact students at her home university.

The Regional Assessment and Resource Centre (RARC) at Queen’s is setting the standard for excellence in assessing and providing resources to post-secondary students with neurologically-based disorders. RARC’s impact is extending beyond Canada and the United States with a recent international visitor.

“My week at the centre has been eye-opening and shown me ways my university can improve services for students with learning disabilities,” says Iris Lam, a clinical psychologist in the Centre of Development and Resources for Students at the University of Hong Kong. “After examining the high-quality work of RARC’s psychologists and psychological associates, I think we can improve our assessments in order to develop more informed accommodations.”

The University of Hong Kong encouraged Ms Lam to visit RARC with the goal of building up expertise and experience on working with university students with learning disabilities. Ms Lam has been impressed by the way RARC not only assesses the neurologically-based disorder but also focuses its testing on determining the cognitive deficits underlying the impairments.

Ms Lam spent the latter half of the week learning about the support services RARC provides. She intends to use that knowledge to advocate for service improvement when she returns home.

“One of our mandates is to promote research and best practices, and it’s a real honour to share what we have developed over the last 10 years with our first international visitor,” says Allyson Harrison, Clinical Director, RARC. “We have seen an increase in qualified students with learning disabilities attending post-secondary institutions not only in Canada but around the world, and RARC is well-positioned to help improve the resources that are essential for the students’ academic success.”

RARC is funded entirely by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, which recently renewed its commitment to the centre for three more years. RARC is a unit within Heath, Counselling and Disability Services at Queen’s and recently moved to new offices in Mackintosh-Corry Hall.

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