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St. Catherine’s offers an extensive depth of services under our Specialized Clinical Services program line. Here are some details on how we are able to help prevent at-risk children from hospitalization and/or long term placement.  

Diagnostic Evaluations

A diagnostic evaluation can be customized to the needs of a specific child. It offers comprehensive views of a child’s functioning and provides recommendations for future planning around a child and family. The evaluation can be executed while the child is residing in a residential facility, group home, foster home or living in the community with the family of origin. Evaluations are completed by a Master’s level clinician.

The standard diagnostic bundle includes:

• Psycho-Social Assessment
• Family Assessment
• Psychological Evaluation
• Psychiatric Evaluation
• Summary and Recommendations

Our goal, in partnership with the referral source, is to help shape a plan that will improve a child's safety and well-being while promoting permanency.

Adoption Readiness Assessment

An adoption readiness assessment follows much of the same protocol as a diagnostic evaluation, with special attention given to a child’s readiness to engage in the process of adoption with a permanent family. Written evaluations will include recommendations on assisting the child in adjusting to and relating to adoptive placement. At the same time, the assessment helps the referral source, in partnership with the treatment team, to develop a plan and to identify appropriate resources to prepare the child for adoptive placement.

Sexual Trauma Assessment

A sexual trauma assessment is a biopsychosocial type assessment which reviews a child’s trauma history, specifically in the area of sexual abuse. Sexual trauma assessments are completed by Master’s level, licensed clinicians with specialized training.  Written evaluations will include the clinician’s overall impressions of the child as well as detailed recommendations pertaining to the child’s treatment needs.

Juvenile Sexual Risk Assessment

A juvenile sexual risk assessment serves as an indicator of the probability of a youth engaging in or becoming a sexual offender so that the most effective steps to reduce, contain, or eliminate high risk behaviors can be taken. Hence, a risk assessment essentially serves as an investigative tool that helps inform and guide various interventions, treatment, and legal processes. Juvenile risk assessments are completed by Master’s level, licensed clinicians with specialized training.

Fire Setting Risk Assessment

A fire setting risk assessment provides a comprehensive evaluation of fire setting behavior and uses a risk factor model for understanding this behavior. The evaluation includes a family functioning assessment, behavioral and social-emotional assessment, as well as application of the fire-setting Risk Assessment Tool for Youth (FRAT-Y). Written evaluations will include case formulation and detailed recommendations completed by Master’s level, licensed clinicians with specialized training. 

Please note that Adoption Readiness Assessments, Juvenile Sexual Risk Assessments, Sexual Trauma Assessments and Fire Setting Risk Assessments can be added to the original diagnostic bundle and/or modified depending on the individual case.

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If we can be of further service please do not hesitate to contact us:

Miranda Himes
Clinical Director
Mobile: (518) 322-2488