Information for Children
It is understandable that you might feel nervous, uncertain, and/or reluctant to attend an appointment. You might feel that you are the only one of your friends to attend a psychologist, occupational therapist, or speech and language therapist. You might also worry about other people knowing your business or about being judged by others.
You will be meeting with one of our therapists, all of whom operate a confidential (private) service and help children and adolescents sort out a number of problems and worries. In the first session the therapist will probably talk to your parent/s, talk to you, and ask some questions. We might also play some games, draw some pictures, or use the computer. You might complete some puzzles (assessments). After everyone is finished talking, we will have a chat together and make a joint plan. You will be encouraged to ask questions and to speak your mind. If you have any questions before your appointment please either make a list of them or ask your parent to give us a call.
Information for Parents
If you have concerns about an aspect of your child’s development, emotions or behaviour, the first step is to arrange a consultation session with one of our clinicians. This session lasts for 60-90 minutes. Prior to this session you be asked to fill out a parent intake form, which will provide us with detailed information about your child. This is to ensure that this session is used to focus on the specific needs for your child. Following this session, either advice will be given in relation to support for your child or recommendations given in relation the most suitable type of assessment.
It may be that a specific assessment has been recommended by another health professional. If this is the case, and if the needs have already been identified for your child, you may arrange a specific type of assessment for your child in the first instance.
We recommend that you prepare your child for the initial appointment by giving him/her information about what to expect. In general, an initial session involves having discussion with the parent/s, engaging in play-based activities with the child, and having family-based discussions if age-appropriate. Your child will not have to remain alone in the room with the clinician if he/she is not comfortable in doing so. We have a wide variety of toys, play materials, and equipment with which to engage your child.
Information for Professionals
Clinical governance and supervision
Treehouse Practice ensures that all staff employed by the practice receive clinical supervision. All reports that are issued to statutory services are peer reviewed prior to being issued. All children who receive multi disciplinary assessments have their cases discussed and reviewed at team meetings prior to reports being finalized. Reports are combined and multi disciplinary in nature.
Assessment of Need
All professionals in the practice conduct assessments under the Assessment of Need Process (Disability Act, 2005), at the request of the HSE. At present, Treehouse Practice has contracts with 3 HSE areas and provides a range of assessments, including single discipline, multi-disciplinary developmental, and autism spectrum disorder assessments.
Children in care
Clinical psychologists provide some assessment and therapeutic services for children in care. These types of services include:
Assessments of the social, emotional, and learning needs of children in care
Therapeutic interventions for children in care, informed by trauma and attachment-based interventions
Therapeutic supports for foster parents
Consultations with other health professionals in relation to the psychological needs of the child
Circle of Security group attachment intervention
Please note that assessments are not provided for the purposes of court proceedings and psychologists do not provide evidence in court.