ADULT PSYCHIATRIC EVALUATIONS

Evaluation by a psychiatric nurse practitioner is appropriate for anyone with emotional or behavioral health needs. Most people with emotional and behavioral health needs will benefit from a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation.

Psychiatric evaluations usually require a 60-minute session with the client. With the client’s permission other significant people (such as the family physician or other specialists) may be contacted for additional information.

The evaluation typically includes the following:

  • Details about pertinent problems and symptoms
  • An interview with the client
  • An interview with the client’s guardian if indicated
  • The client’s health history including prior (or current) medical and psychiatric illnesses, treatments, and medications
  • Biological family psychiatric and medical history
  • The clients developmental history
  • Information about work or school and friends
  • A description of family relationships and home life
  • If necessary, the client could be referred for laboratory tests or additional, more specific testing

The psychiatric nurse practitioner will make time to answer the client’s questions and address all concerns. Clients often come to such evaluations with many concerns, including:

  • Is something wrong with me?
  • Could this be my fault?
  • Am I worrying about nothing?
  • Is there a cure?
  • What is my future going to look like?
  • Do I need additional assessment and/or testing (medical, psychological etc.)?
  • What is your plan for me? What do can I do to help?
  • Are there any community resources around me that could help?
  • How much will treatment cost?

Sometimes, clients worry about how they will be viewed during these assessments. However, our nurse practitioners strive to support clients and meet them where they are. We are here to be partners, not to judge or place blame. We will listen to concerns, and help develop realistic goals. Although we do our best to relay information to clients in a way that is easily understood, we always encourage our clients to ask questions if they do not understand something.

After the nurse practitioner has identified the issue, she will offer recommendations to the client and prescribe medications if indicated or make referrals to other providers. Our nurse practitioners are specifically trained and skilled in conducting psychiatric evaluations for individuals with mental health needs.

PEDIATRIC PSYCHIATRIC EVALUATIONS

Evaluation by a psychiatric nurse practitioner is appropriate for any child or adolescent with emotional or behavioral health needs. Most children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral health needs will benefit from a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation.

Psychiatric evaluations usually require a 60-minute session with the child and the child’s parent or guardian. With the parent or guardian’s permission, other significant people (such as the family physician, school personnel, or other relatives) may be contacted for additional information.

The evaluation typically includes the following:

  • Details about pertinent problems and symptoms
  • An interview with the child or adolescent
  • An interview with the child’s parent or guardian
  • The child’s health history including prior (or current) medical and psychiatric illnesses, treatments, and medications
  • Biological family’s psychiatric and medical history
  • The child’s developmental history
  • Information about school and friends
  • A description of family relationships and home life
  • If necessary, the child could be referred for laboratory tests or additional, more specific testing.
  • The psychiatric nurse practitioner then develops a formulation, which combines biological, psychological, and social parts of the problem with developmental needs, history, and strengths of the child, adolescent, and family.

Time is made available to answer the parents’ and child’s questions. Parents often come to such evaluations with many concerns, including:

  • Is something wrong with my child?
  • Could this be my fault?
  • Am I worrying about nothing?
  • Is there a cure?
  • What is our future going to look like?
  • Does my child need additional assessments and/or testing (medical, psychological etc.)?
  • What is your plan for my child? How can I help?
  • Are there any community resources around me that could help?
  • How much will treatment cost?

Sometimes, parents and guardians worry about how they will be viewed during the child’s initial assessment. However, our nurse practitioners strive to support families and meet them where they are. We are here to be partners to parents who are caring for their child, not to judge or blame them. We will listen to concerns, and help develop realistic goals. Although we do our best to relay information to parents in a way that is easily understood, we always encourage our clients to ask questions if something could be explained in a better way.

After the nurse practitioner has identified the issue, she will offer recommendations and build a treatment plan in collaboration with the child’s parent or guardian. Our nurse practitioners are specifically trained and skilled in conducting comprehensive psychiatric evaluations with children, adolescents, and families.