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Screening & Assessment

What is Screening?

Screening is an important first step in the clinical services provided at ADSTV. The screening process helps to determine what kinds of concerns an individual may have around their use of substances, mental health, harmful gaming, gambling or internet use and physical safety risks. Screening also helps to explore what issues might be getting in the way of a person’s ability to get help for alcohol, drug, internet, gaming disorders or gambling concerns and what might help to remove those barriers.

Screening questions help to find out more about a person and their experiences. Some of the screening tools used are question and answer format. These can be filled in by a client themselves or completed orally with a clinician. A new client will read through the forms and screening tools for themselves to decide if they feel comfortable sharing their information.

The information learned from a screening will guide the next step in the process which directs individuals to the appropriate assessment.

What is Assessment?

Assessment is considered essential in the treatment planning and counselling stages of interaction with clients at ADSTV. All staff are trained in assessment techniques and use a combination of interview techniques, objective measures and collateral information as available and as appropriate. Referrals to treatment are best made when guided by a thorough assessment.

Purpose of Assessment:

  1. To assess the problem areas identified by the client and others.
  2. To investigate past and present use of all substances and problems with internet, gaming disorders and gambling and determine level of dependence.
  3. To work with other significant people in the client’s life as appropriate.
  4. To record baseline data with which to measure goal attainment and progress of client.
  5. To record client demographics that can be analysed to evaluate outcome and success of programs.
  6. To use assessment findings to draft and negotiate with client a treatment plan.
  7. To share assessment results and treatment plan with appropriate resources with client consent.

Once an assessment is completed, the client is given an opportunity to talk about any concerns they have identified and discussed. A list of options or a treatment plan will be negotiated and presented to the client. A treatment plan might include the following kinds of activities:

  • Referral to primary care doctor (family doctor)
  • Referral for attendance at a group at ADSTV
  • Referral for outpatient counselling at ADSTV
  • Referral for residential care somewhere else than at ADSTV (about 10-15% of our clients go to residential services)