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A landmark publication, The Handbook of Counseling defines the field of counselling - how it has developed, the current state of the discipline and profession, and where this dynamic field is going. Edited and with chapters contributed by the leaders in counselling education and research, including several past-presidents of the American Counselling Association, this Handbook is comprehensive in its scope.

Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment Planning in Counseling
Assessment, diagnosis, and treatment planning in counseling
Thomas H.Hohenshil

Assessment, diagnosis, and treatment planning are essential elements of the counseling process, regardless of one's theoretical orientation. Assessment is the process of obtaining information for use in the diagnostic process. Assessment data are collected through several formal and informal techniques including standardized tests, questionnaires, diagnostic interviews, personality measures, mental status examinations, behavioral observation, and reports by others (e.g., parents, friends, spouses, medical, educational, legal, social). As noted in this definition, standardized testing is only one of several ways in which to collect assessment information. Diagnosis is the meaning that is derived from assessment data when it is interpreted through the use of a diagnostic classification system. Diagnosis is a matching of ...

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