Assessments are a part of complete treatment and ethical practice.
Assessments are an important part of getting to know you, or your child's treatment needs and to understand you better. Assessments can also provide baseline information to see where you start in treatment and to where you progress. It is important to know that Registered Clinical Counsellors (RCC) do not provide extensive formalized assessments that lead to a "diagnosis" from the DSM. That classification of assessments is designated for Psychologists, Psychiatrists, or MD's. However, RCC's understand the symptoms related to certain diagnosis and work to either increase desired behaviours or decrease undesired behaviours or symptoms within a clinical context. Many clients come to us with a particular diagnosis and we have a comprehensive understanding of the nature of the diagnosis, but do not diagnose as a part of our practice.
So, what kind of assessments am I referring to? There are many non-formal and formal assessment that RCC's are qualified to administer. Some include screening tools (Eg: depression/anxiety), measuring the quality of relationships or personal functioning , personal resiliency, impacts of trauma, clinical impressions after a certain amount of sessions, expressive therapy assessments and many more. We will discuss what assessments will be important for your treatment.