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Chapter 5: Assessment Considerations and Techniques
Assessment is a different process than therapeutic intervention. Typically, a therapist conducting an assessment is far more active and directive than when conducting therapy. The therapist as an assessor also has a clear agenda of what information is required to make a determination about the client and their issues. Therapy, on the other hand, is commonly far less agenda and judgment driven. An experienced clinician can often listen to only a minute or two of a taped session to determine if an interview is a diagnostic or therapeutic interview.
While acknowledging that there is a difference between therapy and assessment, in reality the difference between the two is far fuzzier and less simplistic than presented. ...