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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

Reviewing and Evaluating Therapeutic Progress
Reviewing and evaluating therapeutic progress
CaroleSutton

In a book primarily about assessment, it is appropriate that the greater part of it should focus upon the earliest stages of counselling. This focus, however, should now be balanced by some attention to the later stages of counselling – planning, implementing plans, and finally review and evaluation.

Such a process for practice, whether in counselling, probation work, teaching or community development (or any other human interaction or endeavour), can be helpfully conceptualised using the mnemonic ASPIRE. The process can be thought of as linear:

ASAssessment
PPlanning
IImplementation
REReview and Evaluation

Alternatively, as is more likely to correspond to what happens, it can be considered cyclical Figure 8.1.

Figure 8.1 The ASPIRE process as a cycle

Earlier chapters have considered assessment, planning and implementing ...

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