So let’s formalise three of them:
- The initial evaluation (at the beginning of the process)
- A progress evaluation (about half way through)
- A discharge evaluation (at the end)
In our case we use a “Locus of Control” questionnaire, a conversation, a Psychophysiological Stress Profile (PSP) and an intake form at the beginning of the process.
- The ‘Locus of Control’ questionnaire allows us and you to see if you feel that incidences in your life are outside your control
- The conversation is informal but allows you tell us what's the most important thing we need to focus on
- I have spoken about the PSP and what we look at in a previous blog. (It takes about 20-30 mins)
- The ‘intake form’ is just an information gathering tool that we use to get basic information like your name, phone number and address etc. We also ask about previous diagnoses, therapies you have tried before, triggers, surgeries, medications and a few other things
The first and last evaluations are similar. The first recorded session gives us a baseline to compare against and the last evaluation should show a change. There may also be a difference in the ‘Locus of Control’ assessment.
The progress evaluation is a lot more informal. Rather than just completely rely on data from the instruments it's a session designed for you to assess everything and ask loads of questions. It also falls around the time where we move from an educational format to a more proactive one. You'll start directing the approach we and be more involved because you will understand what's going on