Assessment Services

Your Counselling is proud to offer a variety of assessment options to meet the needs of the Calgary, Alberta area. Please use the topics below to learn more about our Assessment Program. If you are seeking an assessment that you do not see listed below, please contact us to explore options.

Our Assessment Programs

What is an SAFE Home Study or Adoption Assessment?

A SAFE Home Study is crucial requirement of any adoption process in Alberta. The Study must be completed by a qualified professional with SAFE certification and training. SAFE stands for Structured Analysis Family Evaluation.

The study includes an analysis of the applicants criminal background history, financial well being, and interpersonal relationships. Ultimately the report will provide a clear analysis of the family environment.

What is the SAFE Home Process and How Long Does it Take?

The SAFE Home Process consists of a series of interviews and questions to determine an applicants parenting strengths. Some of the information gathered will require verification including such items as a record of employment, proof of address, and domestic partnership history.

This process also develops a child profile that would be a suitable match for your parenting abilities. This profile could include such things as child age and gender.  The entire process generally takes 1 – 2 months depending on the family dynamics.

In most circumstances the following items will be explored:

  • Family Background (Immediate and Extended Family)
  • Education and employment
  • Support systems
  • Daily routines
  • Parenting skills
  • Details about your home
  • Motivation for wanting to adopt
  • Recommendations of children your family can best parent

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Your Counselling is pleased to offer Psychosocial Assessments and Counselling for Third-Party Reproduction

What is third-party reproduction?

Third-party reproduction is the assistance of another person’s gametes (i.e., eggs or sperm), embryos, or body (i.e., uterus). Individuals and couples have the option to build their family with third-party reproduction when the use of their own gametes or uterus is not possible or not available, possibly due to infertility, single parenting, LGBTQ+ family-building.

Third-party reproduction counselling provides support, information, and strategies to help make this type of family-building as positive an experience as possible.

Third-party reproduction counselling will explore the following topics:
  • Make the decision of whether donation/surrogacy is the right option for you
  • Prepare for your experience as an intended parent/recipient, donor, or surrogate
  • Know what to look for in a donor or surrogate/gestational carrier/IP
  • Learn how and when to inform your children of their origin story
  • Know if, how, and when to inform friends and family of your plans
  • Manage the relationships, boundaries, and expectations between all parties
  • Feel more attached and bonded to your child, regardless of genetic connection
What happens in a third-party reproduction counselling session?

If you are participating in third-party reproduction at a fertility clinic (as a donor, surrogate, or as intended parents), they require a counselling session as per regulations. Our team will provide you with information, support, and strategies to help make your journey as smooth as possible. A report is then sent to the fertility clinic that you are working with.

Key Elements of Third-party Reproduction Counselling :

Partners: If you are living with a partner (cohabiting, common-law, married), they are required by Health Canada to attend the counselling appointment with you.

Reports: A summary report that summarizes topics discussed in your session will be sent to your clinic after your meeting. The report is specific to each arrangement and is not transferable to other parties/arrangements or clinics. In most cases, the report is valid for one year, unless circumstances have occurred that alter your arrangement (e.g., changes in health or mental health status, partner(s), source of gametes, etc.)

Remote Sessions: In some cases, this session can be offered via video conferencing. Please indicate on your booking your preference for a remote session.

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Therapists at Your Counselling assess the impact substance use on a person’s major life areas. The attributes of addictions are taken into consideration throughout the assessment. These attributes include the physical symptoms, the psychological and emotional indicators, and also the behavioural signs of dependency. The assessment also examines how the severity and the frequency of one’s substance use impact the individual’s mental health.

Some of the concerns that may be pointed out in the assessment may include the following:

  • Drug induced psychosis
  • Negative peer relationships
  • Irritability/anger
  • Depression
  • Cravings and withdrawals
  • Poor family relationships
  • Legal issues
  • Financial difficulties
  • Poor mental and physical health
  • Impulsive and manipulative behaviour
  • Denial and minimizing one’s substance use

The assessment is used as a locater that determines where the individual is in the cycle of addiction. Depending on whether the person is in the initial use stage of addiction, the misuse stage, the abuse stage, the dependency/addiction stage, withdrawal or the relapse stage then the therapist is able to work with the individual to determine which treatment modality would be best suited for them.

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A Psychosocial Assessment is an evaluation of a person’s mental health, social status, and functional capacity within the community.

A psychosocial assessment is an evaluation of mental, physical, and emotional health. It considers the client’s perception of self and his or her ability to function in the community. Usually it takes the form of a series of questions and screening tools. The assessment is used to create a comprehensive picture.

A psychosocial assessment will cover all the aspects of a person’s life to get a picture of his or her mental state. Common questions include asking a client to list his or her stressors, the symptoms he or she is having, and whether the client has thoughts of suicide or harming others. The assessment will also cover a client’s medical history and thoughts of self.

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OUR THERAPISTS

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Jeff Sturgeon
Therapist / Managing Director
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Susan J. Morison
Psychologist
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Timena Osborne
Therapist
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Solomon Agaje
Psychologist
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Kaitlyn Bernardin
Occupational Therapist
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Julie Magee
Therapist
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Anthony Grey
Therapist