`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
Chapter 3: Medical and Psychiatric Assessment
Medical and Psychiatric Assessment
Much of the material discussed in this chapter may be unfamiliar to counsellors unless they also have prior training in fields such as psychiatry or social work. It is important that counsellors do not attempt to practise outside their realms of competence. For example the majority of counsellors would not undertake a comprehensive mental state examination but a knowledge of the process may widen their understanding (see Lukas, 1993; Morrison, 1995). Some of the procedures outlined below may already have been carried out by another professional when an agency refers an individual to you.
Information Gathering: The Benefits of Medical and Psychiatric Assessment
Wherever possible you will gain a better overall picture from a client if you can supplement it ...