The following list provides some basic questions that you may want to ask a Service Provider, Qualified Professional and/or other Clinician when trying to identify a Service Provider. You need to feel 100% comfortable with who you choose as your provider–finding the right provider is important to establishng a therapeutic rapport and ensuring that you are going to receive the best service.
Remember that your service provider works for you!
Ask potential providers:
- about their level of education, training, licensure (if applicable), and years of experience.
- are they a member of any professional association
- whether they specialize in certain disorders or age groups. For example, some providers only provide Child & Adolescent services;Some may specialize in eating disorders.
- do the clinicians that will be working with you and/or your child have specific training in an evidenced based model (if so-when, where, by whom and for how long)
- does the individual clinician participate in ongoing clinical supervision/does the service provider agency provide ongoing clinical supervision, including how models of fidelity are monitored
- which approach(es) do the clinicians or the service provider agency use when providing services
- how are cultural competency and special needs issues addressed
- do the offer assistance and/or services for people with limited english proficiency
Useful Web Sites
We have also include links to various websites, that may offer additional information and clarification to any questions that you may have: