An Intake is also known as Psychosocial Assessment or Multi-Dimensional Assessment. Your "Intake" is one of the first appointments you will have, and usually takes an hour to an hour and a half. The intake clinician, psychologist, and/or psychiatrist will be gathering information on your current situation as well as your history (mental health, substance abuse, medical history, family history etc.) It’s basically an opportunity for us to get to know you.
Similar to a psychosocial assessment, but a Psychiatric Evaluation can only be conducted by a psychiatrist (medical physician who specializes in psychiatry). The psychiatrist can also conduct medical assessments, laboratory monitoring, and prescribe medications.
"Court Ordered" Evaluation
This is when a judge feels you may benefit from treatment and has ordered you to participate in an evaluation (either mental health or substance abuse). Most court ordered evaluations in Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta and Highland Counties are referred to VCSB. The VCSB clinician will either recommend continued treatment or not. Evaluations take 1-2 hours.
Psychiatrist vs. Psychologist
A psychologist primarily aids the individual by conducting assessments, counseling and psychotherapy. A psychologist may hold a doctoral degree (PhD or PsyD) and be called "doctor", but is not a medical doctor. A psychiatrist may perform psychotherapy and, in addition, can prescribe medications. A psychiatrist is a medical doctor (MD). The psychiatrists at VCSB do not conduct extensive psychotherapy. For the most part, psychotherapists conduct psychotherapy at VCSB.
Psychologist vs. Psychotherapist
A psychologist may hold a doctoral degree (PhD or PsyD) and be called "doctor". A psychotherapist has at least a master’s degree (MA or MS). A psychotherapist may also be a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), licensed professional counselor (LPC), or a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT). Both a psychologist and a psychotherapist perform counseling and therapy. In some instances, both can also conduct certain tests and assessments (cognitive, personality, intelligence, neuro-psychological, etc.).
Therapist vs. Counselors
Often, these two titles mean the same thing. At certain agencies, both a therapist and counselor could provide mental health, substance abuse, and/or intellectual disability treatment. Depending on the agency, you may see the following titles for various therapists/counselors: Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP) Qualified Mental Retardation Professional (QMRP)
Mental health and substance abuse providers and their credentials/possible degrees
Psychiatrist – MD (Medical Doctor) Psychologist – PhD, PsyD, EdD. (Doctorate Degree) Licensed Clinical Social Worker- LCSW (Master’s Degree) Licensed Professional Counselor – LPC (Master’s Degree) Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist – LMFT (Master’s Degree) Certified Substance Abuse Counselor – CSAC (Bachelor’s Degree) Qualified Mental Health Professional- QMHP (Bachelor’s and/or Master’s Degree)
Psychotherapy is another term for "counseling" or "therapy". Today, many different professions use the term "counseling"; which gets confusing. Psychotherapy is used in group, family, or individual settings to overcome certain mental health (emotional, psychiatric, etc.) and/or substance use concerns.
This is a term used when someone is receiving treatment from an agency in the community. Examples of outpatient treatment include a dentist office, physician’s office, or your counselor/ therapist’s office.
This is a term used when someone goes to a facility to receive treatment and actually stays at that facility for a given period of time. Sometimes people will receive this intensive form of treatment for a few days, weeks, or longer. The duration of the stay depends on the actual facility and that person’s needs at that given time. For example, any time you are admitted to a hospital, this is considered "inpatient" treatment.
A social detox is a facility that provides a safe environment for individuals to begin their road to recovery and start the process of "getting clean". Social Detox facilities allow certain medications yet are not medical facilities.
A medical detox is a facility that provides a safe environment for individuals to begin their road to recovery from substance use. Medical detox is different from social detox in that medical treatment can be provided there.