Counseling Assessments: The Process

August 12, 2013

Many people come to us for assessments. We provide the following assessments: Mental Health and Psycho-Social; Anger Management; Substance Abuse; Domestic Violence (either Perpetrator or Victim ); and Parenting.


The Process


The process includes an initial interview with one of our clinical staff, which typically lasts from 30-minutes to an hour. At this time Releases are signed by the client to allow for communication with the referring agency, and/or any other relevant persons who can support the assessment process with case history and background information. (Due to Confidentiality laws, no communication may take place with without the client’s written consent, or Release.) After the follow-up is done with the other parties, the client is contacted again to discuss the information and develop a treatment plan. 


Not All Who Wander Are Lost


Not all assessments result in treatment plans. Many people who come for assessments are found not to have issues significant enough to require treatment. At Crossroads we are not looking to create treatment plans for everyone who comes to us for an assessment. Just because someone suggests you have an issue doesn’t mean you have an issue. That is the point of the assessment process. 




With that said, however, two of the assessments we do typically do tend to result in additional treatment. These include: Parenting, and Domestic Violence (Perpetrator). It is hard to prove that someone is a good enough parent when allegations of abuse or neglect are present. Parenting education is something that everyone can benefit from, and virtually no one is willing to “sign-off” on someone with allegations. If a parenting assessment is required, it is virtually always going to result in a recommendation for classes. The same goes for domestic violence. If a Court of Law has determined that domestic violence has occurred, then it is almost a certainty that the 28-week Batterer’s Intervention Program ( BIP ), is going to be recommended.


Regardless of the outcome of your assessment, we will give you our full support and attention, and work with you in a straightforward manner to resolve your current clinical needs.


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