An assessment is where you, and if possible, your family, meet with a clinician (sometimes two clinicians attend) who will attempt to find out what exactly is going on. The clinician will ask you and your family lots of questions about what’s been happening, what has happened in the past, what you think the problem is and will get you to fill out a questionnaire. The clinician will probably spend time with you and your family as a whole, alone with just your parents, and also individual time spent just with you.
The assessment may take up to 2 or 3 hours, which can be done in one session or might be spread over three visits.
Our clinicians are trained in different kinds of mental health care. Because of this, they will discuss your case as a team and make a decision about the best treatment to offer you. Another appointment will be arranged to meet with you and your family to discuss what options are available. A treatment plan, known as a Treatment and Recovery Plan, will be written with your input. This outlines what your goals are for working with the service, and how the service will work with you to overcome any difficulties.
Your clinician might recommend one of the following kinds of treatment, or sometimes a combination of different treatments. Not all young people we see will be offered treatment by us. Some may be referred to other more appropriate services.