Assessments for Chemical Dependency and Counseling Needs Evaluations

The Chemical Dependency Assessment

 

Specialized Services Designed to Assist Families with Important Life Choices

 

The primary goal of a chemical dependency assessment is to provide a comprehensive, quality evaluation to determine the nature and extent of an individual's abuse, misuse and/or addiction to alcohol and/or other drugs with appropriate follow-up or referral for the client and their family.

 

Clinical interviews, possible hair analysis and the use of formal testing instruments are utilized in the assessment process along with information gathered from concerned others and family members.

 

The assessment is designed to:

 

        1. Aid in the formal diagnosis of the client's chemical usage.

        2. To establish the severity of the substance abuse problem.

        3. To guide treatment planning.

        4. To provide a baseline of the client's status, to which his/her future conditions can be compared.

 

Parents must accompany adolescents to appointments. Adults undergoing assessment are also required to bring a family member (spouse/parent/sibling) to their sessions.

 

Important Items to Bring to Your Appointment

 

          If your child has been referred for an assessment through the Geauga County Juvenile Court, or the

 Frank G. Lavrich Youth Center, grant money is available to assist you in the payment of your fee.

 Therefore, proof of parental income is necessary in order to access grant funds. A copy of your 1099,

 W-2, and/or a copy of your latest tax return must be brought to your first appointment.

 

           If a minor child is being assessed, please bring grade reports, and/or letters from the school

             involving disciplinary actions, suspensions, honors or achievements.

 

           Most importantly, it is imperative that you, as a parent or guardian, accompany your child to their

            appointment. You are a vital and important part of the assessment process!

 

Professional and Experienced

 

All assessments are completed by Linda Myers, MA, LICDC, LPC, NCACI, a counselor in private practice. Linda is a certified and licensed professional with state and national qualifications.

 

In addition to providing assessment services, Linda runs a continuing-care program for recovering adolescents, called Soberspace. Individual, group and family therapy is also provided for appropriate clients. Linda has more than 13 years of experience providing assessment and educational services to Geauga County's Amish population and runs the Turning Point educational program which is provided exclusively for Amish adolescents and their families.

 

Experiential approaches to therapy provide a distinguishing characteristic to Linda's practice and teach teamwork, leadership, cooperation and critical problem solving skills while building character and confidence. Certified in equine assisted psychotherapy, she works with schools, businesses, community groups, families and individuals providing equine assisted mental health and learning services.

 

The Counseling Needs Evaluation

 

Specialized Services Designed to Assist Families with Important Life Choices

 

The Counseling Needs Evaluation consists of a series of tests, interviews and observations that a health professional uses to evaluate your behavior. A Counseling Needs Evaluation is often recommended to evaluate the emotional status of a person who has experienced problems at work, at school, at home, with the police or juvenile justice system. A Counseling Needs Assessment is used to detect potential mental health disorders, to determine whether services are needed, or to link the client to the most appropriate and available service resources.

 

Clinical interviews, possible hair analysis and the use of formal testing instruments are utilized in the assessment process along with information gathered from concerned others and family members.

 

The assessment is designed to:

 

         1. Aid in the formal diagnosis of the client's behavioral or mental health problems.

         2. To establish the severity of the behavioral or mental health problem.

         3. To guide treatment planning.

         4. To provide a baseline of the client's status, to which his/her future conditions can be compared.

 

Important Items to Bring to Your Appointment:

 

1.   If your child has been referred for an assessment through the Geauga County Juvenile Court, or

the Frank G. Lavrich Youth Center, grant money may be available to assist you in the payment of

your fee. Therefore, proof of parental income is necessary in order to access grant funds. A copy

of your 1099, W-2, and/or a copy of your latest tax return must be brought to your first

appointment.

2.   If a minor child is being assessed, please bring grade reports, and/or letters from the school

involving disciplinary actions, suspensions, honors or achievements.

3.    Most importantly, it is imperative that you, as a parent or guardian, accompany your child to their

appointment. You are a vital and important part of the assessment process!

 

Professional and Experienced

 

All assessments are completed by Linda Myers, MA, LICDC, LPC, NCACI, a counselor in private practice. Linda is a certified and licensed professional with state and national qualifications.

 

In addition to providing assessment services, Linda runs a continuing-care program for recovering adolescents, called Soberspace. Individual, group and family therapy is also provided for appropriate clients. Linda has more than 13 years of experience providing assessment and educational services to Geauga County's Amish population and runs the Turning Point educational program which is provided exclusively for Amish adolescents and their families.

 

Experiential approaches to therapy provide a distinguishing characteristic to Linda's practice and teach teamwork, leadership, cooperation and critical problem solving skills while building character and confidence. Certified at the Master, Level III, in equine assisted psychotherapy, she works with schools, businesses, community groups, families and individuals providing equine assisted mental health and learning services. For the client who has difficulty in more traditional mental health settings, counseling services at Stone Fox Farm may be ideal.

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