Using the Triage Assessment Form

This paper was written to discuss, and to become more informed about the process, methods, and usage of the Triage Assessment in the case of Ariadne.   Hormonal, physical, and cognitive changes that occur during teen years sometimes make it difficult to recognized and diagnose underlying depression and/or other mental health issues in adolescents.   Clients that experience such crisis as Ariadne, must be carefully assessed in order to solve their initial problem successfully.   The Triage Assessment does this by helping the professional develop techniques, diagnostic skills, as well as, developmental and cultural considerations through crisis assessments and interventions.   Because Ariadne is experiencing serious mental issues that have lead to behavioral issues, using the Triage Assessment properly will be a great benefit to her. Using the Triage Assessment Form

According to Myers and Conte (2006), the Triage Assessment Model offers clinicians a clear understanding of the type of reactions clients are experiencing, as well as, how intended these reactions are.   Using this particular assessment form in the case of Ariadne, does just that.   Ariadne is a 17-year-old Hispanic female who is showing major signs of depression.   With behaviors such as running away from home, skipping school, failed attempts at suicide, and feeling as though she is worthless, are clear signs that Ariadne needs to seek professional help.  
Ariadne has participated in mental health counseling in the past, and disliked it.   She felt that counseling was a waste of time, and that she feels better when she talks to and seeks advice from her friends about her problems.   She isn’t happy at home, nor is she happy at school.  
Ariadne’s parents try to encourage her to participate in school events, but this just make her more angry.   Her parents have also found out about her skipping school and drinking alcoholic beverages.   Like many other...