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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

Assessment and Accountability
Assessment and accountability
PatriciaArmstrong

The concept of goal setting/attainment in counselling can evoke a response of trepidation, anxiety and negativity in many counsellors, in that its connotations of quantification are often seen as incompatible with the counselling process. Counselling is a stressful activity and introducing the idea of assessment and evaluation, which naturally results in the generation of even more work, almost inevitably results in counsellors resisting involvement.

Many counsellors in both the statutory and non-statutory sectors are under increasing pressure to provide outcome results that can be measured by fund-holders, and although counsellors may feel very uncomfortable with this prospect, goal setting may be a means of providing such a measure. ‘Outcome’ refers to changes that happen as a result of counselling and is ...

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