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Assessment II: Attending to the Wider Context
Assessment II: Attending to the wider context

Chapter 8 introduced an expansion of conventional views of assessment that makes lots of space for learning about client competences along with difficulties. This expanded approach to assessment is deliberately nonneutral—it takes a position alongside people versus the challenges they face, foregrounding skills and abilities often overlooked in the focus on deficit, holding to a view of people as agents in their own lives rather than passive victims of circumstances. Among its various features and purposes as described so far, assessment

  • sheds light on barriers and obstacles hampering change;
  • identifies areas of potential harm to clients or others;
  • uncovers resources, including client values, abilities, and key relationships;
  • provides a venue for clients’ airing of effects, ...

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