Dr. Gowthorpe, and some associates, also provides assessment services including:

Parenting Capacity Assessment

This assessment is designed to address the capacity of individuals to safely, physically and emotionally, parent children.

Such assessments are often requested to assist child welfare agencies in identifying strategies to address the best interests of children in the long-term. The assessment involves:

  • psychosocial evaluation of the family and parental history;
  • evaluation of the children; and
  • ecosystemic evaluation of the past and current family dynamic.

A psychological evaluation of the caregivers and possible evaluation of the child(ren) can also be a component of the overall assessment.

Custody and Access Evaluations

Custody and Access Evaluations are requested by the judiciary or by one or both parties in situations of separation and divorce. As this is a challenging time in the lives of families, a balanced and timely assessment is required to assist families and the judiciary in establishing a plan in the best interests of the children. Separation and divorce can be times of high conflict. Consequently, assessing the ability of the parents to meet the children’s best interests is often essential to determining the most effective custody and access arrangement. Dr. Gowthorpe has been considered an expert witness in the area of custody and access evaluations. The assessor is engaged to work on behalf of the best interests of the child(ren). 

Professional Parenting/Home Studies Assessment

Professional parents require a specific skill set to be able to address the needs of the children whose care is entrusted to them.

This assessment examines the past and current functioning of the parent on a social, emotional and cognitive basis. It evaluates the special skills and areas for further training of each participant and the type of child who would best be served by that particular skill set.

Psychosocial/Clinical Evaluation Assessment

Evaluating the system in which a child or family functions creates a more comprehensive picture of the overall strengths and needs of that system. 

A psychosocial assessment looks at the context of the system and the players within such and how their interactions are influenced by one another. Direct observation, collateral interviews and possible psychological assessment of evaluations are considered.