Authors: Shaun Dempsey & Sarah Haskell, NEW ZEALAND
Event: 2004 TheMHS Conference
Subject: After Hours Services for young people, YOUTH
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: In the traditional approach to assessment, the individual mental health worker of a particular discipline (social worker, occupational therapist, psychologist etc) interviews the child/family and reports the findings back to a multidisciplinary team (MDT) who construct a treatment plan. The “Jewel in the crown” model of assessment uses a multidisciplinary approach throughout the whole assessment process which flows on to treatment planning, reviews and discharge. Generalised psychometrics chosen on the basis of referral information are administered in the waiting room and then scored before the appointment. The client then moves from sub-team to sub-team each consisting of two team members from different disciplines. At the completion of the assessment, the team members meet to develop a jointly constructed treatment plan. It is envisaged that this approach which involves the multidisciplinary team right from the beginning of the assessment will significantly improve the psychological formulation and thus enhance and enrich the resultant treatment plan.