Information for Parents of Teen Clients
Therapeutic Assessment (TA )is a form of psychological evaluation that helps parents and adolescents understand each other better, and answer questions they have about themselves and their relationships. At the first meeting, I will help you form questions you want to have answered during the assessment. Parents often have questions about their child and themselves, for example, “Why is Emily so angry? Is she depressed?” or “What more can we as parents do to help Aiden when he is down?” Your teen can also identify questions for the assessment, and it is recommended that you allow your teen to keep those private. Given adolescents are working on figuring themselves out and becoming more independent, the opportunity to hold private questions helps them be more engaged with the TA and is respectful of them as individuals nearing adulthood.
Next, your teen will spend several sessions completing psychological tests. In addition, it may be helpful for parents or other family members to complete psychological testing. This is typically the case if there are questions about family relationships, as each person’s test results will shed light on their role in the family. In the latter portion of the TA, a parent meeting will occur to gather background information and begin discussing and exploring the test results. At the end, I will meet with your teen alone, and then with parents, to discuss the assessment results and answer the questions. A few weeks after this meeting, you and your teen will each receive separate letters summarizing the results of the assessment in writing.
Typically, TAs require 10-12 hours of time in the office for interviewing, testing and discussions. Appointments may occur a couple times a week over the course of a few weeks, or just once a week over several weeks. After the initial session during which questions are identified, I will be able to provide an overview of what will likely occur, and the time needed.
How do I explain the assessment to my teen?
To start, have them view this website and the teen page. Consider telling your child you want to get some expert consultation, and this would be an opportunity for them to learn more about their personality, strengths, and weaknesses. If your teen seems anxious or resistant, you probably do not want to push the idea, but instead, make it clear that the assessment will only work if they want to do it. If it would be helpful for your teen to have a telephone discussion before they agree, that can be arranged.
Interested clients are encouraged to read the information under the Clients and the Billing pages, and then contact us to discuss next steps