Assessments

Unique Minds conducts a range of comprehensive assessments which combine a broad scope of validated therapeutic and assessment tools to provide detailed reports with multi-sector relevance.

Our reports are suited to the needs of Statutory and non-statutory Child Protection Agencies, Out of Home Care organisations, legal firms and separated representatives, and the Federal Court of Australia, Queensland Magistrates Court, and Children’s Court of Queensland.

Assessments Available:

Bespoke Assessment (Assessments tailored to the specific needs of the client)

A Bespoke Assessment combines all elements of social and family assessments, along with Attachment Style Interview, Parenting Role Interview and Cumulative Experiences Index Scoring to provide an evidence-based assessment of trauma and its impact on parenting and functioning of an adult and the impacts on a child. These assessments are valuable in informing family law decisions, child protection decisions, counselling, and therapeutic interventions, and out of home care (OOHC) and permanency planning. 

Kinship and Foster Care Initial Assessments & Renewal Assessments

Our kinship and foster care assessment include a comprehensive evaluation of trauma histories to consider the impact of childhood adversity, attachment disruptions, and cumulative harm on parenting and caring capacity.  Our kinship and foster care assessment are inclusive of the following:

    • All transport to and from the applicant’s home
    • Interviews with the applicants and any other household members
    • Referee reports and interviews
    • Interview with CSO
    • Review of all Departmental paperwork pertaining to this case including case plan, strengths and needs (if applicable)
    • Health & well-being checks
    • GP report (if required)
    • Household Safety Study assessment

Cumulative Harm Assessments

Cumulative harm assessments involve the use of the Cumulative Experiences Index (CEI), a validated tool developed by Dr Simone Collier and Dr India Bryce. The CEI assesses the accumulation of various adverse childhood experiences, their severity, frequency and duration as a method of obtaining an evaluation of the degree or severity of cumulative harm for an individual. The report provides a comprehensive assessment of the level of cumulative harm, the impact on the individual, the influence on functioning, such as employment, parenting, and offending behaviours. This type of report is valuable in informing decision making in statutory child protection, foster and kinship assessments, parenting agreements and family course matters, and general social care interventions. 

Adult Attachment Style Interview (ASI)

The ASI is an evidence-based tool developed at Middlesex University in the UK. This assessment informs decision-making in OOHC and child protection. The ASI is used to provide an objective assessment of the attachment style of current and prospective carers and adopters. The ASI can also be used with birth parents who are seeking the reunification of their children from care. Once a caregiver’s attachment style has been assessed and identified, the family can be supported through tailored strategies that promote the development of healthy relationships.

Social Assessment Reports

Our social assessment reports include information about a client’s current circumstances, historical events and trauma experiences and the impacts on current day capacity. Consideration is given to the information gathered through interviews and information obtained and an analysis of this information occurs resulting in recommendations to best protect the children.

Static 99R (Sex Offender Risk Assessment)

Static-99R is a ten item actuarial assessment instrument created by R. Karl Hanson, Ph.D. and David Thornton, Ph.D. for use with adult males with a history of sexual offending who are at least 18 year of age at time of release to the community. Static-99R is the most widely used sexual recidivism risk assessment instrument in the world, and is extensively used in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, and many European nations. Dr Collier and Dr Bryce are certified in the administration of the Sstatic-99R and utilise this tool in conjunction with other assessment processes. 

Parenting Role Interview (PRI) Assessment

The Parenting Role Interview (PRI) and rating provides a useful addition to the attachment Style Interview (ASI) The PRI was developed by Middlesex University in the UK and can provide linkages between the support-based attachment categorisations and the attitudes and behaviours as a parent or carer. As a standalone measure, the PRI covers the interviewees’ view of the parenting role and provides indicators about likely objective parenting competence, based on the interviewer’s assessment of parent’s report of their behaviours and attitudes.

Private Family Reports

A Private Family Report can be commissioned directly by the parties involved, by either party contacting us (with or without lawyer involvement) or can be commissioned by the parties involved through your respective legal representative).

Pre-Sentence Report 

Our pre-sentence reports are impartial integrated social-ecological evaluations that can be used to assist the courts in making informed sentencing decisions. These assessments include a comprehensive evaluation of trauma histories to consider the impact of adversity and cumulative harm on offending behaviour.  These reports may be relevant to clients charged with a crime (e.g., domestic violence, crimes of a sexual nature, property offences, drug and alcohol related offences or where there a potential for appearing in a tribunal, magistrate or district court.

The benefits include:

    • Your report will provide the court with a specialist psychological assessment/interpretation of your ‘human behaviours’. Many of these behaviours are often quite complex. This allows the courts to make further informed decisions based on a broader understanding of your situation.
    • Factors such as psychological state and/or pre-determined treatment strategies may be deemed as a “Mitigating Factor” and may result in a lesser penalty. The Criminal Justice System in Australia takes the view that rehabilitation takes precedence in reducing the chances of re-offending.
    • Our aim is to return individuals to a productive and fulfilling life. We are able to recommend, and in some cases provide, range of treatment options to assist you.

Regulation 7 Family Reports

Family consultants conduct child and family assessments for the purpose of preparing a reports that have been ordered by the Court under specific sections of the Family Law Act. These reports are to assist the parties and the Court determine arrangements that will bring about the best outcomes for children. Our UMC family consultants are not employees of the Court but are private practitioners who have satisfied the Court that they have the requisite qualifications and expertise to undertake the duties of a family consultant. This type of family consultant is appointed to the role under the Family Law Regulations, and is often referred to as a Regulation 7 Family consultant. 

For more information in Regulation 7 Consultants please refer to the Website of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia,  Family Consultant FAQs | Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (fcfcoa.gov.au)

Family Reports in Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (FCFCOA) proceedings are an important source of independent, expert insight into family dynamics and assist the Court in determining what is in the best interests of the child.

Family Reports are more likely to be ordered in cases involving issues of risk to the child including allegations of abuse and family violence. They have the ability to influence parties including the independent children’s lawyer, are a powerful tool in negotiations and can assist parties in reaching an agreement.

Family report writers come in a number of forms, UMC provide these reports as  Reg 7 Family Consultants: Private practitioners engaged by the Courts under Regulation 7 of the Family Law Regulations. Fees: Funded through the Federal Court of Australia. 

Trauma Informed Functional Behaviour Assessment (FBA) & Attachment Aware Behaviour Plans

Functional Behaviour Assessments are available to be conducted in home, in community, in School, Day care centres and early childhood contexts. The focus is to gain an understanding as to the function of the child’s behaviour understanding the impacts of trauma on behaviour. When behaviour serves a purpose, it becomes more difficult to determine when developmental trauma needs to be considered. Once the purpose or function of the behaviour is determined through the assessment then an Attachment Aware Behaviour Intervention Plan is developed. This plan is informed by trauma theory, attachment theory and child development practice theories and frameworks. 

Consistent, Integrated Assessments, Services & Resources

Our main focus is to provide professionals and families with the tools to facilitate change in a safe and trauma-qualified way.

Assessments

Unique Minds conducts comprehensive assessments which combine a broad scope of validated therapeutic & assessment tools to provide detailed reports.

Therapeutic Interventions

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A range of evidence-based, multimodal social & family services to support individuals and families who have experienced trauma.