ADETS (Alcohol Drug Education Traffic School)


ADETS is a prevention and intervention service which provides an educational program primarily for first offenders convicted of driving while impaired as provided in G.S. 20-179(m). Preferred Choice Healthcare, Shelby location, is a licensed ADETS facility. North Carolina ADETS programs are designed to help people make appropriate life choices when facing the use of drugs or abuse of alcohol. The ultimate goal of ADETS is to prevent and reduce the number of accidents, injuries, deaths, and crimes caused by people who use alcohol and drugs. Engagement in ADETS occurs following the recommendation of a credentialed DWI treatment provider. At Preferred Choice Healthcare, ADETS is scheduled on a needs basis.

Anger Assessment


An Anger Assessment that incorporates a clinical interview and two objective anger specific scales: the Anger Disorders Scale and State Trait Anger Expression Inventory 2. This assessment that is referred by an attorney or it is court ordered or it may be recommended by a clinician, the Department of Social Services, or another provider.

Anger Management

Anger management is training for temper control and building the skill of remaining calm and composed. Effective management of anger does not extinguish the anger experience but instead, it allows for the safe and healthy experience and expression of anger. Anger is frequently experienced as a result of frustration, or of feeling blocked or thwarted from something we feel to be important. Anger can also be a defensive response to underlying fear or feelings of vulnerability or powerlessness. Engagement in anger management treatment is appropriate for individuals who experience difficulty managing their individual anger experience.

Clinical Consultation


Clinical consultation is a review of clinical concerns to assist in clinical direction regarding treatment needs.

Comprehensive Clinical Assessment (CCA)

Includes a clinical interview that incorporates PHQ-9, or other appropriate instruments that may include the Beck, Burns, or Zung Depression Screening that objectively measure symptoms experience as determined appropriate by the assessing clinician. The completion of a CCA precedes the recommendation for service engagement.

DWI/DWLR Assessment


A DWI Substance Abuse Assessment is required of any individual who is convicted of Driving While Impaired or Driving While Licensed Revoked, Impaired Revocation in the state of North Carolina. You cannot receive a Limited Driving Privilege without a DWI Assessment. DWI and Substance Abuse assessments and groups can only be conducted by facilities licensed by the state of North Carolina to meet requirements to restore your driver’s license. The cost of all NC DWI Assessments is $100. The $100 fee is established by the Legislature of the State of NC. No agency in the state of NC is allowed by law to charge more or less than the lawful $100 fee. The full fee is to be collected at the time of the assessment. This assessment includes a general clinical interview that incorporates a Urinary Drug Screen, AUDIT/DAST (objective tools utilized to measure substance use) and other clinical measures as determined appropriate by the clinician. Clients must bring copy of the DWI or DWLR citation (if possible), and a blood alcohol content reading for completion of this assessment. The fee of $100 must be paid up front and this service is not billable to insurance under any circumstances.

Individual Counseling

Individual therapy (sometimes called “psychotherapy” or “counseling”) is a process through which clients work one-on-one with a trained therapist—in a safe, caring, and confidential environment—to explore their feelings, beliefs, or behaviors, work through challenging or influential memories, identify aspects of their lives that they would like to change, better understand themselves and others, set personal goals, and work toward desired change. Individual counseling is appropriate for child, adolescent, and adult clients. Individual or other services may include a trauma based approach if appropriate. Trauma based services may be recommended following exposure to violence, crisis situations, and traumatic events. The therapist responds to the needs of children and adults who have been victims of trauma, sexual assault, or domestic violence.

Some types of individual counseling include:

  • PLAY THERAPY - Provides a way for them to express their experiences and feelings through a natural, self-guided, and self-healing process. As children’s experiences and knowledge are often communicated through play, it becomes an important vehicle for them to know and accept themselves and others. This approach is common to young children.
  • COGNITIVE PROCESSING THERAPY (Shelby Only) - Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) helps clients by giving them a new way to handle distressing thoughts helping them to gain an understanding of traumatic events. By using the skills learned in this therapy, clients can learn why recovery from traumatic events has been difficult. CPT helps clients learn how going through a trauma changed the way they look at the world, themselves, and others. The way we think and look at things directly affects how we feel and act.
  • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) - Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) is a psychotherapy technique developed by Francine Shapiro that emphasizes disturbing memories as the cause of psychopathology. It is used to help with the symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, the processing of traumatic events, personal growth and development, public speaking related anxiety, and other mental health conditions. According to Shapiro, when a traumatic or distressing experience occurs, it may overwhelm normal coping mechanisms. The memory and associated stimuli are inadequately processed and stored in an isolated memory network.
  • COGNITIVE BEHAVIOR THERAPY - Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) is a type of psychotherapeutic treatment that helps patients understand the thoughts and feelings that influence behaviors. CBT is commonly used to treat a wide range of disorders including phobias, addictions, depression and anxiety. Cognitive behavior therapy is generally short-term and focused on helping clients deal with a very specific problem. During the course of treatment, clients learn how to identify and change destructive or disturbing thought patterns that have a negative influence on behavior.
  • OTHER - evidenced based and person centered counseling approaches

Marital/Couples/Family Counseling

Couples counseling is a process through which a couple (who may be engaged, dating, married, partnered—or sometimes even parent and child or other pairings) works with a trained therapist to identify specific areas of conflict and/or aspects of their relationship they would like to change, and then develops a plan of action to improve each individual’s satisfaction and contentment.

Medication Evaluation and Management


A medication evaluation at Preferred Choice Healthcare is recommended when a clinician or outside provider perceives that an evaluation to determine the appropriateness of a medication intervention is appropriate. During a medication evaluation, a licensed and credentialed medical provider assessing a patient’s presenting problem as well as other presenting psychological and biological indicators. Upon completion of the evaluation, a provider may make a recommendation for medication services and may recommend prescription medications for the management of symptoms. Medication management is the monitoring of medications that a patient takes to confirm that he or she is complying with a medication regimen, to ensure the effectiveness of current medications, and to ensure that the patient is avoiding potentially dangerous drug interactions and other complications. This is especially important for those taking large numbers of medications to address chronic illnesses and multiple diseases.

Parenting Class


A general parenting class that incorporates a six-week Love and Logic curriculum. Parenting with Love and Logic is a six-week study that is video and discussion driven. The topics covered include: Putting an End to Arguing, Back Talk, and Begging, Teaching Responsibility Without Losing Their Love, Setting Limits Without Waging War, Avoiding Power-Struggles, Guiding Kids to Own and Solve Their Problems, and Teaching Kids to Complete Chores Without Reminders and Without Pay. Each participant will receive a workbook of their own to complete during the group sessions. 

Psychological and Specialty Evaluations


Psychological evaluation is a way testing client’s behavior, personality, and capabilities to draw conclusions using combinations of techniques and interventions. Psychological and specialty evaluations include a clinical interview and the use of a battery of standardized tests and measurements as determined appropriate by the assessing clinician. Evaluation is used in several different settings for multiple purposes, such as education or legal engagements. The purpose behind many modern psychological evaluations is to try to pinpoint what is happening in someone's psychological life that may be inhibiting his or her ability to behave or cope in appropriate or constructive ways.

Risk Assessment


Incorporates a Comprehensive Clinical Assessment, the Adolescent Angers Disorder SCALE, and PETRA (an objective tool used for the measurement of risk in adolescents). Referred by local schools/private request.

School Based Outpatient Therapy


Quality behavioral health services provided to students in their natural school setting where they identify as experiencing difficulties that are impacting their educational success The therapist works with students, teachers, and families to overcome behavior health issues that prevent students from achieving their academic potential.

Sex Offender Evaluation


A sex offender evaluation is an evaluation process in which individuals who have committed a sex crime, violent or not, are evaluated to determine the level of risk to the community and to determine the best treatment options and placement. This service involves a Comprehensive Clinical Assessment, impact interviews, multiple clinical interviews, review of collaborative documentation, and a structured assessment (either ABEL/JSOAP or other assessment tools to be determined by clinician). Referrals may be received by the Department of Juvenile Justice, Adult probation, or by an order of the court.

Sex Offender Risk Assessment


A sex offender risk assessment is an evaluation process where individuals who have committed a sex crime, violent or not, are evaluated to determine the level of risk to the community and to determine the best treatment options and placement. The risk assessment is less thorough than the sex offender evaluation but does include a Comprehensive Clinical Assessment, impact interviews, structured assessment (either ABEL/JSOAP or other assessment tools to be determined by clinician). Referral can be general referral, the local Department of Social Services, or an independent attorney.

Substance Abuse Assessment

A general clinical substance abuse assessment that incorporates a Urinary Drug Screen, AUDIT/DAST (objective tools utilized to measure substance use), and a clinical interview. A substance abuse assessment is referred by Comprehensive Clinical Assessment, an internal clinician, or by general referral.

Substance Abuse/DWI Group or Class

Treatment groups that meet requirement of DWI/Substance Abuse hours of treatment. An individual must complete a DWI assessment before participating in group.