In Counselling for Grief and Bereavement, Second Edition Geraldine Humphrey and David Zimpfer take readers step-by-step through the skills needed to facilitate the process of grief, initiate healing, and promote a sense of growth. Providing a firm theoretical base, the authors discuss the concepts and categories of attachment, loss, and grief. Carefully chosen case examples are included throughout and specific attention is paid to ethics and to the possible need for referral.
Chapter 2: Assessment Strategies
The purpose of assessment is to gain entry into the client's inner world and to understand the unique experience of grief as influenced by present and past losses and the contributions from the various perspectives. Assessment is an ongoing process and should never be considered completed simply because the initial intake has been done. Assessment and intervention go together throughout the sessions, with one paving the way for the other. Assessments allow for the next interventions to be planned for; and interventions facilitate change, which prompts new issues to emerge.
Various tools can be utilized to gather information about each client and the significant issues surrounding each loss event. These range from intake forms, to a specific line of questioning around the perspectives ...