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'initial assessment appointment' ??? - June 16th 2010, 03:48 PM

My parents got a letter today stating the date and time of my 'initial assessment appointment' from CAMHS (Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services).
I dont have a clue what it is and what i have to do. plus my parents have to go with me, which i really dont want to happen. purely because i'm not ready to let my parents know how i'm feeling.
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Re: 'initial assessment appointment' ??? - June 16th 2010, 04:43 PM

Hey there, my brother had to go for an intial assessment with camhs, he was under the age of 16 and my parents had to go with him, but they never went into the room with him. He bascially said, it's a bunch of questions they ask you, and they can figure out how you answer them whether or not you need help with a certain conditon.





   
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Re: 'initial assessment appointment' ??? - June 16th 2010, 09:33 PM

Even though your parents go with you, you are the patient/client and so you or the doctor can request your parents to leave the room. However, after the assessment, the doctor has to inform your parents of what the findings are. In doing this, they may involve lots or only a bit of detail. Initial assessments involve the doctor getting to know you so as to build some trust and make it easier for you to answer. They probably will ask you certain questions following a rough diagnostic tree based on your responses. They may also allow you time for a free response so as to get an estimate where to focus. If you called in and already gave a small summary over how you are, such as through a crisis line, the doctor may use information from that but they're going to have you give a summary again.
   
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Re: 'initial assessment appointment' ??? - June 17th 2010, 03:03 PM

its hapening at my school... so will i simply just be able to ask my mum to wait outside, the assesser won't mind will she?




   
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Re: 'initial assessment appointment' ??? - June 17th 2010, 03:25 PM

I dont see why you couldnt ask your mom to wait outside. There is no reason why your needs shouldnt be taken into consideration. When I went to therapy sometimes my therapist would invite my mom in and I would just say that I would prefer for her not to come in for the session (sometimes I let her for a little). But no the assessor shouldnt have a problem with just you going in by yourself.


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Re: 'initial assessment appointment' ??? - June 18th 2010, 08:27 AM

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its hapening at my school... so will i simply just be able to ask my mum to wait outside, the assesser won't mind will she?
I doubt your school psychologist has a policy where no matter what, the parent must be in the room. The patient has the choice who stays in the room with them other than the primary doctor. Your mother may be reluctant to wait outside and may be offended but you have the right to ask her to leave.
   
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Re: 'initial assessment appointment' ??? - June 19th 2010, 03:15 PM

right... i'm feeling a little better about it all... but what kind of questions will she ask? and how long will it roughly last? xx




   
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Re: 'initial assessment appointment' ??? - June 19th 2010, 03:26 PM

When i went, my parents didnt have to come and i was undert sixteen.

She asked about my past. What had happend. Family issues etc. She questioned whether i had ever attepmted suicide or had problems with self harm and the triggers. She also asked about my eating. Friends and my confidence etc. How school was, hobbies and what i did in my spare time etc.

Im sure it will be alright!
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Re: 'initial assessment appointment' ??? - June 19th 2010, 03:49 PM

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When i went, my parents didnt have to come and i was undert sixteen.

She asked about my past. What had happend. Family issues etc. She questioned whether i had ever attepmted suicide or had problems with self harm and the triggers. She also asked about my eating. Friends and my confidence etc. How school was, hobbies and what i did in my spare time etc.

Im sure it will be alright!
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thankyou that is really helpful
i'll take you up on that offer some time =] xx




   
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Re: 'initial assessment appointment' ??? - June 19th 2010, 07:18 PM

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i'll take you up on that offer some time =] xx
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