Counseling

Adult Assessment & Referrals

PreventEd’s Adult Assessment and Referral Program connects St. Louis area adults with the resources to make positive changes in their lives. PreventEd counselors work with clients to determine what means of support is most appropriate for their individual circumstances and situation. PreventEd counselors can assist family members, individuals seeking treatment resources, and people looking for ongoing recovery resources.

Assessments are provided for $25, but those dealing with financial hardship can receive assessments at no cost through our partner organizations, who provide limited scholarship funding.

The Adult Assessment and Referral Program assessment process is adapted from the Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) model, engaging with clients and helping to provide motivation and information for treatment. SBIRT is a brief intervention focused on increasing insight and awareness regarding substance use and motivation toward behavior change.

As-needed interim counseling sessions are provided to help bridge the gap for clients between assessment and connection to services. Interim sessions utilize a modified version of the Community Reinforcement Approach (CRA). CRA is an evidence-based, comprehensive behavioral program for treating substance-use problems; it employs social, recreational, familial, and vocational support to reinforce and sustain recovery. It is rooted in the belief that environmental contingencies can play a powerful role in discouraging substance use, and it aims to make recovery more rewarding than the use of substances. Interim sessions are provided as needed between the initial assessment and the client entering a treatment program.

Assessments are currently conducted via telehealth or over the phone.

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