ADS provide comprehensive psychosocial assessments for participants. This is the prelude to tailoring a person-centred, individual intervention plan in combination with background enquiry gathered on the participant via formal and informal support networks consulted (with the consent of participant).
The semi-structured initial assessment with the participant is usually the first step to establishing rapport and to formulate case conceptualisation, diagnosis, and treatment plan. In each unique case, a mental state examination (MSE) is completed based on the practitioner’s observation of participant behaviour in the clinical interview. Factors such as neurological and psychological functioning across several domains (perception, affect, thought content, form of thought and speech) are assessed. These are followed by baseline psychometrics which are administered to measure common symptoms such as anxiety, depression, pain, trauma.