Mental health is just as important as physical health to a child's well-being.

Mental health is just as important as physical health to a child's well-being.

What Questions Do I Ask?

In the first meetings with a mental health professional you will probably have a lot of questions. Some questions that you might want to ask are:

  • What is your experience in working with children with issues like my child?
  • What kind of training did you get to work with children with mental health issues/concerns?
  • What is your approach or philosophy?
  • Are you trained to use any evidence-based practices or approaches for the difficulties of my child? If not, are you aware of effective treatments for my child’s issues?
  • How involved will I be in treatment and how will you keep me informed of my child’s progress?
  • Will I be involved in helping to set goals for treatment?
  • How will my child’s progress towards these goals be measured?
  • How will I know if my child is getting better?
  • How long does treatment typically take and how will I know when my child has finished treatment?
  • What should I do if I have a crisis between treatment sessions or I need immediate help?
  • What should I be doing at home to help support my child’s treatment?
  • Is there anything out of the ordinary that I should expect because my child is in treatment?
  • Are there any materials I can read to learn more about my child’s issues and concerns?
  • What is your policy for cancellations and rescheduling if my child or I am unable to make the appointment?
  • How do I know if my child needs medications? If so, can you or someone at your agency give me the medication?
  • Will my child get a formal “diagnosis” and will I have knowledge of that diagnosis?
  • What information is kept in my child’s records and can others see those records?
  • Should I talk to my child about what happens during treatment?
  • Is there anything else that I can do to support my child during this time?

Visit our Evidence-Based Practice Directory

KidsMentalHealthInfo.com has an evidence-based practice directory that lists mental health providers trained in popular evidence-based practices available in Connecticut for children and families with behavioral health needs. Evidence-based practices are those supported by research showing that they work for most children.