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1. Office/department procedures
payment, missed appointment policies, cancellations, appointment
reminder calls, completion of research or clinical monitoring forms
at subsequent appointments, and waiting room guidelines.
phone numbers, confidential voice mail, e-mail policies, clinician
work schedule, and time frame for returning phone calls.
of the evaluation
Plan how interviews
will be conducted (parent alone, child alone, combined sessions,
involvement of other family members); the collection of information
from other interested parties (school, primary care pediatrician,
involved social service agencies, previous mental health providers);
the anticipated time frame for completing the evaluation (number/frequency
of sessions, time scheduled for appointments); and how feedback
will be provided (discussion and/or written reports) to
both family and referring parties.
Review the concepts
and procedures related to confidentiality within the family, as
well as with other interested and involved parties. Complete consents
and explain nature of collecting information versus sharing diagnostic
information and treatment recommendations.
Review any safety
concerns and agency or departmental procedures related to handling
crisis situations and communication.
for questions about the process
to offer other important information and for questions and concerns.