Trauma and Attachment Assessment Package

This assessment day is offered as part of our therapeutic package to all families referred for Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy and/or Theraplay©.

It can also be purchased as a stand-alone assessment package. The assessment includes:

Marschak Interaction Method (MIM)

The MIM. is a structured observation technique designed to assess the quality and nature of child-carer interaction to identify how the child reacts to the carer’s attempts to:

  • Structure the environment and set clear, appropriate expectations and limits.
  • Engage the child in interaction whilst being attuned to the child’s state and reactions.
  • Respond in a nurturing way to the child’s needs, including being able to soothe and calm the child when needed.
  • Provide and respond to challenge in an appropriate way.
British Picture Vocabulary Scale (child only)

The British Picture Vocabulary scale is a measure of a child’s receptive vocabulary for standard English which does not require any reading, speaking or writing – the child simply points to the picture cards.

Goodenough Draw-a-person test (child only)

The Goodenough Draw-a-Person Test involves the child being asked to draw pictures of a man, a woman and themselves. It gives an indication both of the child’s developmental level and of how they see themselves and others.

Bene Anthony Family Relations Test (child only)

An alternative to the story-stem, this test examines the child’s perception of the dynamics within their family. Having chosen 3D figurines to represent the members of the child’s family, the child “posts” messages as s/he deems appropriate to the different family members. Messages that the child feels do not apply to anybody in the family are given to the `Mr Nobody’ figure. The results are then collated into the positive and negative feelings which the child gives to, and perceives themselves as receiving from the different family members.

Behaviour Rating Inventory of Executive Functioning (BRIEF)

Executive function describes a set of cognitive abilities that control and regulate other abilities and behaviours. We use the BRIEF to assess the child’s executive functioning in the home and school environment. The BRIEF is useful in evaluating children with a wide spectrum of developmental and acquired neurological conditions.

Vineland Adaptive Behaviour Scales (Second Edition)

The Vineland Adaptive Behaviour Scales measure a child’s actual use of adaptive behaviours in the four domains of Communication, Daily Living Skills, Socialization and Motor Skills. They also provide a measure of Internalizing and Externalizing Maladaptive Behaviours which may interfere with a child’s adaptive behaviour.

Achenbach Child Behaviour Checklist (CBCL)

The CBCL evaluates the behaviour and social competency of children and identifies difficulties in the following areas: Affective Problems, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Problems, Anxiety Problems, Oppositional Defiant Problems, Somatic Problems, Conduct Problems. Forms are completed by the child’s parent and teacher, and by the child if appropriate.

Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ)

An alternative to the CBCL which can also be used with children under 6, the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire is a behavioural screening questionnaire, which measures emotional symptoms, conduct problems, hyperactivity/inattention, peer relationship problems and prosocial behaviour in children aged 3-16. It can be completed by both parents/carers and teachers.

Children’s Problems Checklist (CPC)

This is used to aid in the evaluation and assessment of children and is intended as a survey measure to identify relevant problems and is essentially a structured information-gathering instrument.

Parent Stress Index (PSI)

The PSI is a questionnaire completed by a carer to identify their view of their child and the level of stress that parenting the child causes them. The assessment identifies clear areas of stress for a carer exploring the following domains: the carers’ competence, isolation, attachment, health, role restriction and depression and the child’s distractibility, hyperactivity, adaptability, demandingness, mood, and acceptability.

Trauma Symptom Checklist for Young Children (TSCYC)

The TSCYC is a standardized, parent/carer report measure of trauma symptoms and evaluates acute and chronic post-traumatic symptoms and other psychological consequences of traumatic events in children.

Vineland Adaptive Behaviour Scales

The Vineland Adaptive Behaviour Scales measure a child’s actual use of adaptive behaviours in the four domains of Communication, Daily Living Skills, Socialisation and Motor Skills. They also provide a measure of Internalising and Externalising Maladaptive Behaviours which may interfere with a child’s adaptive behaviour.

Intensive review of relevant reports, school records, court documents, chronologies

We can also provide a range of other assessments tailored to the needs of the individual child or family including:

  • Cognitive ability (IQ) assessments using the Weschler Intelligence Scale for Children, fourth edition (WISC-IV)
    Memory assessments using the Weschler Memory Scale (WMS)
  • Psychological and diagnostic assessments (e.g. assessing whether a child is likely to meet diagnostic criteria for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Attention Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD), Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Depressive or Anxiety disorders.
  • Psychological reports for court
  • Therapeutic contact assessments
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