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`This chunky little book is packed with interesting approaches to the currently fashionable area of client assessment... This is a book for any counsellor or counsellor trainee's shelf, a necessary reference for the sound professional' - Counselling News `The comprehensive series of essays... is a timely contribution... This book is about being professional and effective... a valuable multimodal life inventory for use with clients is provided' - Counselling, The Journal of The British Association for Counselling What information will help you assess the therapeutic needs of a client? Could you identify a suicidal client? How can you tell whether or not you are working wi

Client History Taking and Associated Administration
Client history taking and associated administration
Basic Principles

Client history taking can be approached from a number of different angles depending on the orientation of the counsellor, the time constraints surrounding the counselling offered and the problem area presented by the client. A psychodynamically trained counsellor will tend to focus on early family history whereas a cognitive-behavioural counsellor will generally require detailed information about the current thinking and behaviour associated with the presenting problem. A counsellor may be constrained by agency policy and/or the number of available sessions, and these constraints will influence the emphasis of the type of history taken. If the client is seeking careers counselling, the history the counsellor takes will be affected by the type of problem ...

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