Types of Mental Health Evaluations
Children’s mental health assessments may involve a variety of testing including: an overall health assessment, psychiatric evaluation and neurological, psychological, psychiatric, vocational or other types of testing or assessments that look at your child’s functioning across all environments such as the Child and Adolescent Functioning Scale or CAFAS.
Behavior therapy is a broad term for treatment that focuses on children’s behaviors and the thoughts and feelings that affect it. Behavior therapists also look at how the environment might have an impact on those behaviors. The basic goal of behavior therapy is to reinforce the behaviors you want to see and to eliminate the behaviors you don’t want to see. Behavioral therapy uses rewards and consequences to help children change their behavior and has been found to be effective in improving behaviors at home, school and the community. During treatment, a therapist will work with your child and family to set behavioral goals for your child. In addition to helping with to create behavioral goals, family members also help by implementing the reward and consequence system. Rewards are usually small incentives or objects used to reward the wanted or positive behavior. Your child might also lose privileges for not meeting expectations, but the primary focus should be on reinforcing positive behaviors.
Case Management Services
A service available for children with serious mental health challenges where a case manager works to ensure that the family or person-centered planning process occurs and that an individualized plan of services and supports fits the needs of the child and family.