Project Description

Clinical Assessments

A clinical assessment is a way of understanding an individual’s story.

Their history, experiences, relationships and current functioning that will help formulate the most appropriate treatment plan.   The assessment phase may take a number of clinical interviews, observations with the child or young person, carers, caseworkers and key stakeholders.  We may also contact schools and other allied health professionals who may be involved with the child and family.

The assessment will consider biopsychosocial issues such as: presenting problem and underlying problems, clinical impressions, patterns of behaviour, strengths and challenges, cultural issues, motivation and readiness for change, factors that may impact treatment, preferred coping mechanism of client, default stress responses, potential support systems, analysis, treatment recommendations and goals.

Progress Reports

Updates around the progress of the child and family on identified treatment goals. Outlining success, challenges and ongoing issues.

Exit Reports

Report on overall process, progress and any final issues to be considered upon the completion of treatment.

Person-Centred Positive Behaviour Support Plan
Packages

A person-centred positive behaviour support plan starts with meeting the child or young person.

A comprehensive assessment of a young person’s behaviour, lifestyle and support systems are undertaken.  The assessment is grounded in an understanding of neurodevelopment and traumatology and seeks to place behaviour in the context of a trauma framework.

A ‘user friendly’ plan is provided to the organisation and carers, describing the young person’s history (where relevant to understanding behaviour) current circumstances and functioning.   The plan seeks to provide practical strategies to support positive behaviour change.

As part of the practical application of the person-centred positive behaviour support plan, a workshop is presented to key stakeholders to go through the plan and help them in the ‘how to’ of implementing the recommended strategies into every-day life.  There is a focus on providing education, support and assistance to the team, so the plan and child or young person has the best chance of success.

Attachment Assessment

A number of clinical interviews and observations with the child / young person and carer to ascertain quality and type of attachment, prognosis for the development of a ‘secure enough’ attachment, recommendations for treatment and future case planning.

Foster Care and Guardianship Assessments

Permanency support starts with quality foster care placements for children, and these start with quality carer assessments.

Making good, evidenced based decisions about carer applicant’s suitability means fewer placement breakdowns for children who have already experienced enough trauma in their lives. Practitioners are registered to use ‘Step by Step 2016’ (a suite of evidence informed competency-based carer assessment tools) to inform assessments.

  OPENING HOURS

Mon-Tues 9:00 – 16:00
Thur – Fri 9:00 – 16:00

CONTACT

(02) 6361 7557

anna.maxwell@annalouiseassociates.com.au

113 Moulder Street, Orange NSW 2800

PO Box 484, Orange NSW 2800

FOR APPOINTMENT

    The Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) ® clinical staffing

    The Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) ® Clinical Practice Tools developed by Dr Bruce Perry and the ChildTrauma Academy is an approach to clinical work that incorporates key principles of neurodevelopment into the clinical problem-solving process in relation to trauma.

    After review of relevant material, the accredited practitioner can provide an NMT practice tool for clinical discussion, analysis and recommendations for future case planning with the care team.

    The Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) ® clinical report and staffing

    A comprehensive biopsychosocial assessment is completed along with the NMT clinical practice tool, analysis, recommendations and clinical staffing (as above).

    Carer Support Plans

    A carer support plan complements the person-centred positive behaviour support plan.

    This plan summarises the strengths and challenges of the carer in meeting the child’s and/or young person’s needs and describes practical ways of more effectively supporting the carer to meet those needs.

    The plan is explicitly targeted at achieving three main objectives:

    • Improving quality of life for the carer;
    • Reducing the impact of negative interpersonal dynamics on the quality of care;
    • Improving the success of permeance of care for children and young people.

    Restoration Assessments

    An assessment of family functioning and / or factors pertaining to parenting capacity and associated arrangements.

    The assessment may use both formal psychometric screening tools, as well as interviews and observations to assess complex dynamics within a family unit and to assist with support planning in such areas as contact or restoration.

    MEET OUR ASSOCIATES

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    Doctor 3

    Anna Maxwell

    B.A. (PsB.A. (Psychology) | B. Soc. Wk (Hons) | MAASWychology) | B. Soc. Wk (Hons) | MAASW
    Doctor 3

    Di Healey

    B. Soc. Science. | Masters Soc. Wk. | MAASW
    Doctor 3

    Emily Smith

    B. Soc. Wk. | Grad. Dip. (Family Therapy) | MAASW

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    Join us

    At Kids HQ we encourage those training and experienced in the field of Social Work and Psychology, who are interested in the treatment of Mental Health and Paediatric Trauma to get in touch and discuss their career opportunities with us

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