Following the intake process, your child and all family members present, will meet with one of Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health’s (C&A) assessors for an assessment. This assessment is meant to gain a broader perspective of the issues your child is facing. This is an in-depth discussion that will help determine which services will best provide help and guidance for your child. During this time, you will learn more about the types of treatments and programs we provide. The entire assessment will take approximately 90 minutes. At the end of the assessment, the assessor will work to place your child with an ongoing provider that will be the best fit for your child based on their mental health needs. It is our goal to schedule your first appointment with your ongoing provider when the assessment is finished.
During the assessment, the assessor will engage the parents and the child in discussion about their needs. The assessor explain confidentiality to the child, parents and family members present. All members will have the opportunity to ask questions about confidentiality, what it means and its limitations.
During the assessment, the assessor will speak privately with the child to understand and get to know them. Then, the parents will be brought in to privately discuss any concerns. Finally, all members will come back together to review the situation and add any necessary details.
The assessment is meant for the assessor to gain different perspectives of the situation in order to make an initial diagnosis and recommendations for ongoing services. Even if you have a child who is refusing to talk, bring them in.
.The following topics will be addressed during the assessment:
- Present concerns that brings the family in for services
- Behavioral concerns
- Emotional concerns
- School and family concerns
- Screening for self-harm, suicidal thinking and substance use
The C&A assessment process is designed to ensure that you child receives an appropriate diagnosis, treatment recommendations and that they are placed with a provider who is a good fit for their mental health needs and personality.
We see kids from all walks of life dealing with issues ranging from stress, anxiety and depression to trauma. Above all else, our therapists are here to give your family the tools to help meet life’s challenges.
For more information, call 330-433-6075.