KEY FEATURES: Required 2016 CACREP standards for CMH Counseling programs are covered. Chapter authors are leading counseling writers, and many are practicing CMH counselors. Chapter topics apply theory to real-world issues of practice, such as paperwork and medications. Case studies and discussion questions afford students opportunities to apply what they read to practical situations. Evidence-based treatments, neuroscience, and other cutting-edge topics reflect the currency of the text.Bolded key concepts help students to focus their reading and learning.

Assessing Client Concerns

Chapter 5 Assessing Client Concerns
Casey Barrio-Minton

Learning Goals

Upon completion of this chapter, you will be able to do the following:

  • Understand the foundations, purposes, and major methods of assessment
  • Identify characteristics of assessment tools such as clinical diagnostic interviews, unstandardized questionnaires and checklists, mental status examinations, standardized assessments, projective techniques, qualitative assessments, and collateral reports
  • Describe clinical mental health (CMH) counselors’ roles in screening for high-risk situations
  • Identify sources of cultural bias in assessment
  • Be capable of considering ways in which CMH counselors may use assessment to inform counseling practice

Most people who decide they want to be CMH counselors do so with a vision of a powerful helping process that involves hours of in-depth exploration and processing aimed at alleviating distress, optimizing wellness, ...

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