Therapeutic Assessments


TA is an assessment process with children ages 2-17 years old, their parents, and professionals, often serving as a “second opinion” when treaters and families experience a lack of progress towards treatment goals. This assessment process often leads to new understandings of the child’s life problems and new interventions.


What is the commitment?

The Therapeutic Assessment requires a high level of commitment from families (an average of 6-8 weeks with once or twice weekly appointments). Parents are highly involved in the case as they watch live video of their child’s testing sessions. We work in conjunction with the treating therapist.

Who benefits from Therapeutic Assessment?

TA is for children between 2-17 years old, Medi-Cal eligible, who have been in psychotherapy for at least 6 months without much progress. TA requires parent participation, consistent transportation, and a commitment of 6-8 weeks.

Common Questions TA Can Answer:

  • What is my child’s diagnosis?

  • What kind of treatment does my child need?

  • How can I best support my child?

  • Why is my child so angry?

  • Why is my child having a hard time at school?

  • Why is my child sick when we are having marital problems?

How Does TA Work?

The Therapeutic Assessment Team will meet with you to discuss any concerns and worries you have about your child.


We will help you form questions to be addressed by the assessment, and then will talk with you about these questions. We’ll ask your permission to talk with others (e.g., teachers, therapists, doctors) who have information about your child's situation, or to observe your child in school or at home.


Your child will spend several sessions doing psychological tests with one assessor as you watch live video feed of these sessions with the other assessor on your case. In the latter part of the assessment, we typically schedule a session with everyone in the family. At the end of the assessment, we meet with you to discuss the results of your child's testing and how they relate to your questions. We will provide you with a letter or a written report summarizing your child's assessment results. We will also meet with your child to let them know the assessment findings. Lastly, if you wish, we will meet with personnel at your child's school to explain the results.