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Frequently asked questions

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What is an assessment?

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Assessments typically have three components. A social history report that is written after consultation with collateral sources and serves to provide background information to the courts and probation. A series of psychological tests, typically taking place over a day, comprise the second part of the assessment. An interview with a psychologist is the third part of the assessment process. An interview with a psychiatrist may also be part of the assessment.

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What happens if I refuse to attend appointments?

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If the appointments are for the assessment process there may be delays and the court and your probation officer will be notified. If the appointments are for treatment your probation officer will be notified.

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Do I get copies of my assessments?

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If the assessment is ordered by the court it becomes the property of the court. You may apply to the court for a copy of the reports. After the court process is completed the youth will be invited to a meeting with the psychologist and social worker to review the assessments.
If the assessment is ordered by the probation officer it becomes the property of the probation officer. When the assessment is completed the youth will be invited to a meeting with the psychologist and social worker to review the assessment.

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How can I prepare for my assessment?

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It important that the youth and their family are prepared for the testing and interview components of the assessment.  Youth will receive a letter outlining the dates and times of their appointments with a number to call for more information.  If you are unable to attend it is very important that you let us know as soon as possible.  Having enough sleep and adequate nutrition prior to testing or interviews can be useful.

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How long will I be in treatment for?

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Length of treatment can vary depending on your probation order. Anywhere from a few months up to two years. This is something that is up to the probation officer and the courts to determine. Once you begin treatment you will have an opportunity to negotiate with your treatment team.

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Will anyone else see my assessment?

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Some youth choose to share a portion of their assessments with their school. This can be useful if specific learning challenges are identified. No information about your criminal charges or your personal life will be included, only information relating to academic or other testing results.

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