Initial Assessment Procedure
A comprehensive assessment is conducted by the staff before any prospective patient is accepted for treatment. The initial assessment includes one or more structured and semi-structured interviews, computerized and paper and pencil questionnaires. Such evaluation and diagnosis determines the appropriateness of our treatment programs for each case. Nature, history and severity of the disorder are evaluated as well as related biopsychosocial factors, past and present psychological functioning. Based on the results of these assessments, the staff will decide whether the person's psychological needs (level and nature of care) and goals can be met effectively at the Center. Once the patient is accepted for treatment, an individualized intervention plan is designed for each patient. If the case is considered non suitable to be treated at the CIP at the time of the consultation, the staff will recommend treatment at another mental health facility. These assessment also provide information for research purposes, which could be used to further scientific knowledge about psychological disorders and processes, as well as their treatments.