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I was most impressed by the author's thoroughness in writing this book. She seems to leave no stone uncovered... [this is] a work which should become a necessity for all counsellors, counselling psychologists, psychiatric nurses and psychotherapists... This is a book to which I will make reference time and time again, and one which will occupy a prominent place in my library' - Counselling, The Journal of the British Association for Counselling `An invaluable handbook for students of psychotherapy and a good reference for established therapists... I recommend that all therapists have a copy of this book on their shelf' - Psychology, Health & Medicine Assessmenp and refer

What is a ‘Good’ Assessment?

Assessment has been described as an ‘art’ (Coltart, 1993). A good assessment is clearly not just about following a set of guidelines or covering specific areas of functioning during the consultation. It relies on other less specific, non-quantifiable ingredients which can neither be prescribed nor formally taught. A ‘good’ assessment is one which identifies the needs of a client so as to maximise the chance of having these needs met through an appropriate intervention. In this respect, even though the assessment may appear to the assessor to be a one-off consultation, it represents an encounter integral to the client's life as it determines where or to whom the client will be directed and what he will be offered. It also ...

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