A Risk Assessment is a diagnostic service that is available to children and adults that is completed for any person who is experiencing emotional distress resulting in a question of whether or not they pose a safety risk to themselves or others. A comprehensive assessment of mental status, current and past risk factors, and current intent or plan is compiled to determine level of risk to self or others. Crown Counseling Risk Assessment documentation is accepted for readmission into school after a child is suspended due to violating zero tolerance policy for homicidal or suicidal threat. All Risk Assessments are completed in office. Documentation can be provided upon request for employers or schools.
What does a risk assessment involve?
Assessment of risk factors
Assessment of mental health:
Past psychiatric history.
Depressive and other psychiatric symptoms.
History of alcohol and illicit drug use.
Observe verbal and non-verbal indicators of mental state (eye contact, apparent mood, hallucinations and unusual beliefs, agitation, speed of speech).
Previous self-harm or suicide attempts.
Age, gender, social situation.
Relationships which may be supportive/protective, or which may pose a threat (abuse or neglect).
Access to lethal methods.
Assessment of current intent and plans
Wish to be dead.
Feelings of hopelessness.
Regret/remorse over current/previous attempt.
Expectation about outcome of self-harming behaviour or suicide attempt/threat.
Lethality and frequency of plans or attempts.
Other self-harming behaviour.
Assess current suicidal intent/wishes.
Length of time suicidal feelings have been present.
Mental state at time of self-harm or suicide attempt or threat (alcohol or drug intake, social situation, relationship changes, bereavements).
Plans for others after death: suicide notes, changes to will, consequences.
Assessment of needs
Untreated mental health disorders.
Physical symptoms and disorders.
Skills, strengths and assets.
Psychosocial and occupational functioning.
Personal and financial difficulties.
Needs of dependants.
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