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Assessment I: Evaluating Challenges and Competencies
Assessment I: Evaluating challenges and competencies

Chapter 7 introduced skills for joining clients in identifying problems and preferences, a practice that accomplishes a number of important things:

  • clarifies what clients want more of/less of, thereby defining a direction for the work;
  • constructs a foundation for collaboration;
  • provides a temperature reading of events as they are recounted;
  • helps counselors position themselves relative to clients’ accounts; and
  • captures clients’ positions in relation to events they recount.

This chapter and the one after it are devoted to expanding those descriptions, rendering them in full color. The word assessment is a staple of the counseling literature, and so it is used here to describe the skills involved in expanding clients’ accounts of their experiences. Typically, the word refers to ...

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