Assessment

Assessment is a process that will assist the clinician in gaining information about you in order to make a diagnosis and provide recommendations for treatment. During the assessment process, the clinician may utilize assessment tools to assist in the recommended treatment.

 

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PSYCHOLOGICAL EVALUATIONS

Southwest Counseling Service currently has one psychologist providing psychological evaluations in Rock Springs and Green River locations.

 

Testing

There are many types of psychological testing performed at Southwest Counseling Service:

  • Achievement and aptitude tests measure either how much you know about a certain topic (i.e., your achieved knowledge), such as mathematics or spelling, or how much of a capacity you have (i.e., your aptitude) to master material in a particular area, such as mechanical relationships.

  • Intelligence tests measure your intelligence potential, not what you have already learned. At Southwest Counseling Service, we can perform these tests on children as young as six.

  • Personality tests measure your basic personality style. At Southwest Counseling Service, we are able to measure an individual’s personality with either objective or projective tests.

  • Specific clinical tests measure specific clinical matters, such as your current level of anxiety or depression. ADHD testing and Autism Spectrum Disorder screenings can also be completed here.

  • Neuropsychological tests attempt to measure deficits in cognitive functioning, such as your ability to think, speak, reason, etc., that may result from some sort of brain damage, such as a stroke or brain injury. We do not provide neuropsychological testing services at SCS at this time. We do, however, have the ability to do IQ testing, Memory testing, and Achievement testing. If you are seeking a neuropsychological evaluation, please contact us and we can provide you with an appropriate referral.

 

 

Typically, we offer the following psychological evaluations:

  • Department of Family Services (DFS)/Court-ordered evaluations: These evaluations are referred by DFS or the court usually consisting of a clinical interview, personality testing, and mental health or behavioral screening measures. These evaluations are requested to help make treatment recommendations. Southwest Counseling Service does not offer custody evaluations.

  • Social Security Disability Determination Services (SSDDS): SSDDS requests evaluations for people applying for disability. These may include IQ or Memory testing or may simply be a background interview involve a Mental Status Evaluation. SSDDS schedules these evaluations for their clients. If you have questions about an SSDDS evaluation, please call and talk to the psychologist.

  • Developmental Disability (DD) Waiver: The DD Waiver program requires applicants to complete evaluations in order to gain and maintain eligibility under their program. These evaluations may include intelligence testing, Autism screening, an Adaptive Functioning questionnaire, and gathering information about developmental issues.

  • Pre-employment evaluations: These are often completed for police department applicants.

  • ADHD Testing: This involves a clinical interview, diagnostic questionnaires, and a computerized ADHD assessment measure.

  • Pre-Surgical Evaluations: Individuals wanting to go through various weight loss surgeries or a spinal cord stimulator trial are typically required to have a psychological evaluation first. These evaluations involve a clinical interview, a mental status evaluation, personality testing, and other screening measures.

  • A variety of other evaluations requested by individuals, family members, or Southwest Counseling Service staff to clarify treatment needs.

DRUG & ALCOHOL ASSESSMENTS

Southwest Counseling Service provides comprehensive drug and alcohol assessments to all individuals seeking substance abuse treatment in order to determine the most appropriate course of treatment. Assessments are based on a comprehensive biopsychosocial tool utilizing the Addictions Severity Index (ASI) and the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) patient placement criteria. Treatment recommendations can include:

  • Individual therapy
  • Intensive group therapy
  • Residential treatment (short and long term)

 

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EMERGENCY SERVICES

A crisis can happen at any time of the day. Southwest Counseling Service provides emergency services 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Contact our on-call clinician by calling (307) 352-6680.

A crisis can be caused by things that are unexpected or sudden. Emergency services typically include walk-in services, phone intervention, hospital consultations, and brief crisis counseling. Our emergency services can help with the following:

  • Anxiety attacks
  • Chronic mental illness
  • Crisis intervention
  • Depression
  • Divorce stress
  • Family crisis
  • Substance abuse
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Trauma
  • Unemployment stress
  • Workplace crisis
  • Youth / adolescent issues


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Southwest Counseling Services provides treatment for individuals who have been convicted of a sexual offense such as rape or child molestation. The primary goal of this program is for the individual to have no further victims and to change their thinking and behaviors. Prior to entering the program that consists of group and individual treatment, the individual will have a psycho-sexual evaluation, provide court and/or probation/parole documents. The psycho-sexual evaluation is not provided by SCS and must be completed by an outside agency. Once these documents are all received, the individual will be scheduled for a clinical assessment. The SCS sex offender program is for individuals to become healthy, contributing members of society.

 

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is mental health?

A person who is mentally healthy can generally manage stress, respond appropriately to problems in life, and express emotions in a healthy, productive way. If a person runs into trouble with these sorts of tasks, or has a problem that just can’t be solved, therapy may be a good option to improve mental health.
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What can I expect at my first appointment?

Plan on spending about two hours at your first appointment. You will be asked to fill out some forms for our agency, including your consent to have treatment at Southwest Counseling Service.

You will meet with a mental health clinician who will complete an assessment with you on the computer. This person will ask you questions about your history and your reasons for coming in for counseling. At the end of the session, you and your clinician will talk about options for treatment and your treatment plan.

How do I make an appointment?

You can make an appointment by calling any of our offices directly.

 
Southwest Counseling Services - Mental Health
1124 College Dr. Rock Springs, WY 82901
Phone: (307) 352-6680
What about confidentiality?

Southwest Counseling Service takes your privacy very seriously, and we work hard to protect your confidentiality. Your information is kept in secure files, and is not shared with anyone without your consent.

There are some exceptions to that, which are legal reasons that your clinician would have to share information about you without your consent. Those include, but are not limited to, a serious medical emergency or threat to life, legally reportable information about child or adult neglect, or if there is a valid court order requiring information.

Sometimes people come to Southwest Counseling Service as a result of a court order or because of legal problems. If that is the case, we will usually have you sign a release of information form allowing us to contact your referral source about your therapy. This is often necessary to let the referral source know that you are attending therapy and how you are progressing.

For more information about all of the limits to confidentiality, as well as information about the employee code of ethics, please view the client information guide.

What is a sliding fee scale?

This is a subsidized fee scale based on gross household income and the number of people in the household. This is offered because we are partially funded by the state.
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How much does a drug and alcohol evaluation cost?

The total cost for this evaluation is $175. You may make payment arrangements with the clerical staff if you will not be able to pay in full. Also, please be aware that we will notify referral resources, such as probation, courts, etc., of payment and non-payment.

Finally, if you have had an evaluation or addiction severity index (ASI) assessment completed in the past three months, SCS will require a copy and there will be no additional charge for this portion of the assessment. The cost with a previous ASI included is based on our sliding fee scale.

What is residential treatment?

Therapeutic Community, and Women’s Addiction Program are all residential treatment programs where individuals reside in Southwest Counseling Service housing during the substance abuse treatment program. Each program has various lengths of stay ranging from four months to more than one year.

Application process

The application for admissions into residential treatment is a drug and alcohol evaluations completed within the last six months including the ASI and ASAM indicating the level of care recommended. The evaluation is reviewed to determine if the applicant is appropriate for placement with the residential program. Applications can be mailed or faxed to our Foothill office, attention to program operations supervisor. Once approved the applicant will be contacted and either given a bed date or put on a waiting list. Once approved an admission packet will be mailed out with a list of belongings that they are allowed to have in treatment, the packet also includes the rules of the program and the level system for the TC/WAP programs.

What can I bring into residential treatment?

Bring enough clothing for seven (7) days, clothing must be modest and without offensive designs or logos (i.e. advertising tobacco, alcohol, bars, or counterculture lifestyles). Bring athletic wear such as tennis shoes, gym-type shorts, and appropriate tank tops, or sweats for use during exercise. No leggings unless they are under clothing. All clothing must fit without being overly loose or tight. Bring modest sleepwear and a robe. Bring seasonal clothing, i.e. hats, gloves, coats, etc. Please be reminded that there is limited space to keep your personal belongings so keep to a minimum what you bring. It is advised that you leave all valuables at home such as expensive jewelry. Also, no more than 3 pairs of shoes are permitted; they must be closed toed and heels may not have a heel higher than 1 ½ inches. Absolutely no flip/flops will be allowed (with the exception of shower shoes). We have laundry facilities and provide laundry products.

Bring personal toiletries and hygiene supplies. For example, shampoo/conditioner, deodorant, toothpaste, hair brush/comb, hair accessories, lotion, and shaving accessories. Ladies are allowed only eight make-up items, this does not include brushes; please do not bring more than the allotted amount. If you bring more it will be stored until arrangements can be made to send them to your home at your expense. Bedding and towels are provided.

Bring prescription medication to last at least up to thirty (30) days until you can be seen by our physician. These medications must be in their original prescription bottles or a written prescription. Over-the-counter medications are provided and your own will not be accepted so please do not bring them. You will be responsible for the cost of any prescription medications. Should you be eligible for quality of life funding you would then be responsible for only half of the cost of your prescription medications.

Tobacco products are prohibited in the program. There will be no smoking or chewing tobacco used while in treatment.

 

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