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Teen Assessment

Teen Assessment

The purpose of an assessment is to get to know you and your family and to understand what you’re going through. The goal is simply to understand your unique situation and determine what type of treatment would best support you. You’ll leave the assessment with a clear path forward and with all your questions about Sandstone Care answered.

What Our Teen Assessment Looks Like

Meet with the family (15 to 30 minutes)

The first thing we’ll do is meet with you and your family together. We want to have a comprehensive understanding of your situation, so we’ll ask each family member to share their perspective. We will ask open-ended questions to learn as much as we can about what’s going on. This portion of the assessment typically takes about 15 to 30 minutes, but we’ll allow for as much time as you and your family needs.

Meet one-on-one with the teen (60 to 90 minutes)

Once we’ve heard from each family member, we will ask them to step out of the room while we meet one-on-one with you, the teen. This meeting typically takes about an hour.

During the meeting, we’ll learn as much as we can about what the teen is going through. To do this, we’ll dig into their psychiatric, social, academic, vocational, family life, and substance use history. Some questions we may ask include:

  • How’s school going?
  • Who do you like to hang out with?
  • What’s your relationship like with your parents?
  • What do you like to do in your spare time?
  • Why do you use this substance?
  • Do you ever feel lonely?

Once we’ve learned as much as we can, we’ll invite the family back into the room to go over some potential next steps. We will also answer any questions you or your family might have about Sandstone Care.  

Talk about next steps (15 to 30 minutes)

Once we have the family back in the room, we’ll talk about what we’ve found during the assessment process.

If we find that the teen and their family would be a good fit for our program, we’ll discuss which of our programs would work best for them. Our programs vary; for instance, day treatment is 25 to 30 hours per week and intensive outpatient treatment is 17 to 20 hours a week. We’ll also answer any questions you might have about the programs.

If we find that a program at Sandstone Care is not a good next step for you, we’ll work with you to find a different option that better suits your specific needs. We work daily with a variety of treatment resources, and will help guide you to the best possible placement recommendation.

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Common Questions About the Assessment Process

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