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Assessments usually take 4-6weeks.
The clinician allocated to your child will make an appointment with you to get as much background about your child as possible to help them understand your child better. The clinician will make an assessment of the child or young person within the context of their family and community.
The clinician will always explain how they work and what they will do with your child. You may be seen with your child, your child may be seen alone, or both. Sometimes it is helpful for other family members to come for a session. The clinician will talk to you about what would be best for your child and your circumstances.
At the end of the assessment your child’s clinician will meet with you to explain their understanding of what might be best for your child. For some children, assessment is all that is required and some children continue with therapy. This might also involve therapy with or for other family members. Some children are referred to another service if sexual abuse or problem sexual behaviour is not the central focus of the therapy required.
If a child, young person and their families continue with therapy, it can help them to better understand their experience and how it has affected them. Therapy can also help with learning new ways to manage complex feelings.
For some families involved in court or major changes such as moving house it may not be the best to come to Gatehouse Centre. It is possible to make contact with the Gatehouse Centre at a later time. If you are unsure when might be the best time you can call the Gatehouse Centre and discuss this with a Duty Worker.
How long does my child have to come to therapy?
Most children and young people come to therapy once a week however, sometimes fortnightly or monthly sessions are more appropriate. Sessions are usually around 50 minutes long and may involve several family members. Children and young people may come to therapy for a short time and others may attend for a long time.
Gatehouse Centre provides information and support for clients . Advocacy includes referral and liaison with medical services, Department of Health and Human Services: child protection, education, police and legal systems including Victims of Crime Compensation.
Professionals working with children/young people who have disclosed or are presenting with symptoms that may indicate sexual abuse or sexually abusive behaviours are able to contact Gatehouse Centre for advice, consultation or support. Gatehouse Centre can provide ongoing secondary consultation to professionals who are seeking support to address sexual assault and/or sexually abusive behaviours in their work with a child/ young person.
Gatehouse Centre offers education and training to agencies, police, legal, community services, education providers and professionals about a range of topics including:
Gatehouse Centre staff come from a range of professions including: