Politicians and Political Appointees

Acumen Assessments offers a variety of evaluation services for politicians or political appointees aimed at assessing difficulties and/or concerns raised by others in the context of public accountability.

Acumen Assessments is an international provider of specialty assessments for professionals who have authority over, and shoulder significant responsibilities and duties in relation to the public.  One of our specialties is to evaluate and/or coach politicians or political appointees where behavioral problems (such as anger and/or boundary problems) or ethical lapses are associated with temperament, personality, depression, anxiety, difficult life circumstances, or cognitive decline.  We also evaluate and address potential substance use disorders and their contribution to professional problems as well.

We conduct multidisciplinary assessments with adherence to a process that takes into account multiple levels of analysis to increase the validity of our conclusions and recommendations.  In order to reduce biases at different levels of analysis, our sound multidisciplinary evaluations are focused on three goals: 1) to help preserve the safety and integrity of those whom the politician/appointee serves within their professional capacity; 2) to help the politicians and others involved gain a clear understanding of their predicament; and 3) to define a causal explanation for the presenting problem that links directly to recommendations for intervention(s), if indicated.

The difficulties that lead to an assessment can vary widely:

  • Distress and disruption in the workplace
  • Sexual harassment, misconduct, and boundary violations
  • Substance use disorders
  • Negative personality traits that are impinging upon others in the workplace
  • Ethical lapses
  • Undiagnosed or insufficiently treated psychiatric disorders
  • Difficulties with professional role functioning and ethical-reputational risk management
  • Challenges associated with aging (i.e., cognitive problems, burnout, etc.)

The costs associated with our evaluations vary depending on the scope and type of evaluation needed.  Usually, we consult with the referring party and the politician/appointee to determine the internal and collateral resources that will be needed to conduct a proper assessment.

Referral sources requiring specific details regarding the elements associated with a professional assessment, please schedule a phone appointment with Dr. Graham or Dr. Stacy.

To learn more about undergoing an assessment, please call Carly at 785.856.8218 to schedule a phone call with either Dr. Stacy or Dr. Graham.