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Client Assessment

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March 1997 | 208 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
What information do you need to assess the therapeutic needs of a client? Could you identify a suicidal client? Do you know what your clients want and need? How can you tell whether or not you are dealing with appropriate clients? Client Assessment answers these questions and more providing clear, straightforward guidelines. It covers a crucial, but often neglected, area of counselingùthe assessment, monitoring, and evaluation of clients and the help they need or are receiving. Transcending specific counseling theories, the book adopts a broad-brush approach, covering the main issues involved at different stagesùfrom meeting the client to ending the counseling process, and including on-going monitoring of the therapeutic program, such as: + assessing the best type of therapy for the client; + assessment of the clientÆs therapeutic goals; + choosing techniques and strategies to suit the clientÆs needs; + history taking; + referral; + and evaluating goal achievement. The ability to assess and evaluate clients successfully is a necessary part of being an effective counselor, and this book, written by practitioners with many years experience, will be a valuable resource for training and practicing counselors as well as to all those in the helping professions.

Stephen Palmer
What Do You Say after You Say `Er'?
Peter Ruddell
General Assessment Issues
Gladeana McMahon
Client History Taking and Associated Administration
Berni Curwen
Medical and Psychiatric Assessment
Peter Ruddell and Berni Curwen
What Type of Help?
Mark Aveline
Assessing for Optimal Therapeutic Intervention
Patricia Armstrong
Assessment and Accountability
Stephen Palmer
Modality Assessment
Carole Sutton
Reviewing and Evaluating Therapeutic Progress

`The comprehensive series of essays... is a timely contribution... This book is about being professional and effective... a valuable multimodal life inventory for use with clients is provided' - Counselling, The Journal of The British Association for Counselling

`This chunky little book is packed with interesting approaches to the currently fashionable area of client assessment.... This is a book for any counsellor or counsellor trainee's shelf, a necessary reference for the sound professional' - Counselling News

`A useful collection of articles on various aspects of assessment' - Self & Society

`Essentially a practical skills development book [which] will add to most therapists' and counsellors' competencies' - Journal of the National Association for Psychotherapists


This is one of most useful and accessible books on the subject of client assessment. It gives clear guidance to the range of considerations in what is one of foundations behind a productive Counselling Relationship. A must have for Students, and one to keep accessible.

Mr Mike Bancroft
Counselling, Alton College
January 21, 2011

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