The First Interview

The first interview is a key process, because on it depends whether a therapeutic relationship will be established and, to some extent, of what kind and quality this relationship may be. […] S. Nacht, one of the major French psychoanalysts, stated that the patient does not care so much for what we say, but for what we are. […] During the interview we must not forget that the person who is before us is our fellow human, with dignity and rights. So, the therapist - patient relationship must be a relationship of parity.

[…] Sakellaropoulos P., "History Taking - The First Interview"



The first telephone reception of the request for therapy is made by the specially trained secretariat of the Institute. Within a week of the telephone communication, the first session with a specialized associate of the relevant department is scheduled.




More details per department:



During your first telephone communication with the secretariat of the department you will be asked some basic demographic information and to briefly describe your request.
The first diagnostic session (intake) is scheduled, during which your request is investigated and an appropriate treatment plan is estimated. There are cases where the intake process requires more than one session. By the end of this process, you will be appointed to your fixed therapist (psychologist or psychiatrist), with whom a more specific treatment plan is agreed upon.


During your first telephone communication with the secretariat of the department you will be asked some basic demographic information and to briefly describe your request. The first session is then scheduled, which marks the start of the evaluation process, which lasts between 3 and 5 clinical sessions (including report of social history, psychological / child psychiatric assessment, performance, and a written confirmation to parents). When there is a relevant clinical indication, a Speech and / or an Occupational therapy evaluation may take place.
During the diagnostic cycle you and your child will collaborate with more than one specialist (psychiatrist, psychologist, speech therapist, special educator, occupational therapist, etc.). By the end of this process and after a meeting of the multidisciplinary team, an appointment is scheduled during which the psychiatrist informs you about the outcome of the exploratory - diagnostic process and the proposed treatment plan. Every 3 to 6 months a reassessment of your child from his / her responsible psychiatrist will take place. The Diagnostic TESTS that the Department for Children and Adolescents utilizes (WISC - III, TAT, ROSCHACH, ALFATEST) are completed in two sessions and their results are reported in writing to the parents. The treatment of the minor is, in each case, supported by parallel counseling of his/ her parents.



The initial request for treatment and services of the HBPT unit is usually submitted either by a relative or other person close to the patient (but not by the patient him/herself). For this reason the investigation and the undertaking of every case is made according to the following procedure:

During the first telephone contact with the secretary of the department, you will be asked to provide some basic demographic information on the patient and a broad description of the request. Subsequently, the closest relatives of the patient will be called for an intake session with the coordinator of the group. The objective of this appointment is to take a report as accurate as possible and to schedule the first intervention at home. Meanwhile, there is an effort to investigate the actual request of the family and its willingness to cooperate. It is possible that more than one meeting may be necessary to ensure and establish the cooperation with the family. A prerequisite for the intervention at home is that the visit of the HBPT team of therapists is announced to the patient beforehand. The support and consulting work with the relatives is a key component of the HBPT technique and a prerequisite for its success.

Two therapists of the team (psychiatrist and psychologist/ psychotherapist) participate in the first one or two sessions at home, in order to complete the initial diagnosis and evaluation of the potential for treatment. The clinical profile and the needs of the patient as well as the family’s capabilities are investigated and a treatment plan is proposed accordingly. Possibly, the sessions are initially more frequent and their frequency will be subsequently adjusted, depending on the evolution of the clinical profile of the patient. In any case, when the HBPT team uptakes the treatment of a patient, it also seeks the simultaneous introduction of the family into a consultancy procedure, in order to coordinate actions and relieve the family of the inevitable psychological and practical burdens.



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