Referrals may be made through education, health or social services, by private organisations, by parents and carers, or by individuals themselves.
The initial procedure for referral is to telephone, write, or e-mail BCAT, giving details of the individual(s) concerned.
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A consultation session is then offered, which may take the form of a visit to the Centre. If preferred, a representative of BCAT may visit the referrer's venue.
Either on this, or on subsequent visit(s), an official assessment session will be undertaken with the individual(s) referred and a recommendation(s) made. This may be that the referred individual enrols for 1:1 therapy sessions, or joins a small group. It might be appropriate for a small group of individuals who have similar needs to form their own group, at the discretion of the therapist.
Therapy sessions may take place either at BCAT, or as outreach sessions at the client(s)' venue, by arrangement. If not held at BCAT, suitable facilities for the sessions should be available at the client(s)' venue.
Before commencement of sessions, therapists and clients (or their carers) enter into an agreement, which sets out and clarifies expectations on both sides. This covers such details as content of sessions, written assessments and reports, methods of session evaluation, expectations of the client's and therapist's behaviour, conditions of cancellation of sessions by either party, etc.
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