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Early Clinical Assessments at Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness

posted by monicajenner66 on Sep 26, 2018
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All adolescent students at Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness now have two layers of clinical assessment within the first fourteen days of their arrival, and from the start, Blue Ridge Primary Therapists begin the family’s therapeutic journey with even more information at hand. In its first full year, the Blue Ridge team recognized the need for a new and strengthened approach to intake and assessment. Reinforcing the intake assessment process early in a student’s stay results in stronger case conceptualization, more tailored treatment, and clearer goals established for discharge planning.

By combining the best of valid and reliable measurements, licensed Clinical Psychologist, Lorena Bradley, Ph.D. administers an in-depth initial assessment within the first two weeks of an adolescent student’s arrival at Blue Ridge. Unless the student has had comprehensive testing in the last 12 months, Dr. Bradley will meet with each new student and provide an assessment report to the Primary Therapist. This allows for a “second set of eyes” and for the Blue Ridge Primary Therapist to begin with even more information at hand as they develop an individualized Master Treatment Plan for each student.

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