`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 5: Assessing for Optimal Therapeutic Intervention
Assessing for Optimal Therapeutic Intervention
What Does the Client Want and Need?
With What Issues Does the Client Want Help?
The phone rings, a letter of referral or self-introduction arrives, an appointment for assessment is kept, contact has been made. The other, as yet in the role of an inquirer but potentially a client or patient, may be in need of help; but what it is that they want help with, and what kind of help if any is appropriate, has yet to be determined. I emphasise the conditional, as seeking help is neither the same as needing it nor the same as finding it in the first instance. This is where assessment has to begin with an open mind on the part ...