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Assessments

Psychological assessments include comprehensive background information to identify the factors relevant to the situation, and provide clear scientifically-based conclusions and practical recommendations. It is important that all information about the required assessment be provided before the initial meeting (such as court documents and any previous assessments).  A two hour interview is the first step in the assessment process and sometimes a follow up session on a different day is required. Psychometric scales may be required. Should no further consultation be necessary, my report will be issued within 14 working days from the final assessment date.

Family court reports are usually required in child custody disputes at the Family Court of Australia. These reports involve a comprehensive assessment of the family unit to determine and advise what is in the child’s best interests. This assessment and report will include details regarding family relationships and attachment with caregivers and siblings, strengths and weakness, the co-parental relationship, and parenting capacity of each individual parent.

These evaluations are conducted through clinical interviews with parents, the child/children, any other relevant parties (e.g. child safety officer and/or treatment providers), psychometric testing (i.e. personality assessment, mental health evaluation, other relevant areas of parenting and individual functioning), and behavioural observations (parent-child interaction).

The assessment will then be compiled into a detail report which is then used in court matters like child custody evaluations in the Family Court of Australia.

To book an assessment please email info@breakthroughpsychology.com.au