Agency-Based Screening and Assessment 1. Identify the agency where you are completing your field placement. What are the services provided? What population does the agency serve? 2. What is the screening and assessment process at your agency? 3. How are client problems identified, classified and communicated at this agency? How are records kept? 4. Is the DSM-5 or DSM-IV used at your agency? If the DSM isn’t used, why not? If the DSM-IV is used, is the multi-axial system used? If the multi-axial system isn’t used, how is the DSM used? Who assigns diagnoses, i.e., which professionals and how are diagnoses decided – by individuals or by a team? 5. What are clients told about confidentiality and the limits of confidentiality? How is confidentiality with minor children addressed? What is your assessment of the adequacy of the information about confidentiality and its limits at this agency? 6. What are the most common client problems addressed by this agency? What types of problems do the clients bring to this agency? 7. How well do you think this agency assesses client strengths and competencies as well as problems? What could be improved in the assessment process to balance problems and strengths assessment? 8. How well does the current assessment process facilitate client engagement? What suggestions would you have for improvement? 9. Is medication a part of the treatment plan at this agency? If so, how are clients, including children and adolescents involved in the decision? 10. What are the systems for referral out of this agency? How are decisions for referrals made and communicated with clients? 11. Does your agency have a safety policy? If yes, please describe the safety policy (policies) at your agency. 12. Are there any other issues regarding the assessment process at this agency about which you would like to comment?

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