Where to Start and What to Ask: An Assessment Handbook
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A "sink or swim" philosophy frequently prevails in mental health settings today.
As a life raft for beginners and their supervisors, Where to Start and What to Ask provides all the necessary tools for garnering information from clients. Lukas also offers a framework for thinking about that information and formulating a thorough assessment. This indispensable book helps therapeutic neophytes organize their approach to the initial phase of treatment and navigate even rough clinical waters with competence and assurance.
other possibilities. Nevertheless, if your goal is to conduct a family interview, then your task is to get as many people there as possible. In fact, some family therapists would argue that you should not conduct a first interview without all members of the family present. This might be most easily accomplished by explaining that it is the policy of your agency to see all family members, including young children, for at least one interview. The reason to encourage the presence of young children
child by sharing activities with her, rather than encouraging her to do them. For example, you may find yourself trying to get her to draw by offering to draw with her. Eventually, if you enter into a therapeutic relationship with this child, you will play games with her, or allow yourself to be designated as the mean teacher, or hide behind the desk, but that will be because the child initiates your role, sets the stage, and uses you as a character in some inner drama with which she is
career you are certainly going to have a client who has made a suicide attempt-whether that information appears in the written record or not. And just as certainly, you are going to find it necessary at some juncture to evaluate a man, woman, or child for the possibility that one of them is presently thinking about, or planning, to kill him or herself. So the first thing you need to do for yourself is to get comfortable with the idea that you are going to be talking to people from time to time
sexualized way and, when asked what the dolls are doing, simply tell you that they are “doing the thing like my babysitter does to me.” However, it is more likely, especially as children who are being sexually abused get older and the implication of what is happening to them become clearer, that they will experience shame and intense fear: fear of humiliation if the abuse is revealed; fear of being injured or killed; fear that they will be accused of betraying a loved one; fear of hurting a
Therefore, the experience and skill of the tester become more significant factors in the quality and reliability of the findings on projective tests. Finally, there is often an additional group of tests listed which may have been administered in response to concerns raised in the original referral for testing, or because the psychologist routinely uses those tests and finds them helpful in the evaluation process, or because some questions raised by the intelligence tests required further