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.
Chapter 5: Assessing Client Concerns
Assessing Client Concerns
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, ...