Where to Start and What to Ask: An Assessment Handbook [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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Where to Start and What to Ask: An Assessment Handbook

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Overview

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.

Guide to conducting mental status & 1st interviews with individuals, families, children

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Editorial Reviews

Booknews
Shows beginning therapists and their supervisors how to organize an approach to the initial phase of mental health treatment, and alerts beginning clinicians to circumstances when they must seek reassurance or information from their supervisor. Clinical social worker Lukas offers the necessary tools for garnering information from the client, and also provides a framework for formulating a thorough assessment. Paper edition (unseen), $14.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Midwest Book Review
“[A] fine guide to clinical assessment certain to be as important today as it was when it first appeared nearly twenty years ago.”
PsychCentral
“Lukas writes clearly and concisely, offering quick yet interesting insights. She helps readers understand why assessment is important, then provides skills to improve one’s interviewing skills. . . . [A] useful reference for any mental health practitioner.””
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393707014
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/12/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 257,718
  • File size: 309 KB

Meet the Author

Susan Lukas, MSW, LCSW, received her degree in social work from Hunter College and practiced in New York City and in Nyack, New York. She died in 2008.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
The How and Why of This Book: An Introduction
1 How to Conduct the First Interview with an Adult 1
2 Looking, Listening, and Feeling: The Mental Status Examination 13
3 How to Think About Your Client's Health: The Medical History 32
4 How to Conduct the First Interview with a Family 44
5 How to Conduct the First Interview with a Child 58
6 How to Take a Developmental History 78
7 How to Conduct the First Interview with a Couple 87
8 How to Determine Whether a Client Might Hurt Somebody - Including You 101
9 How to Determine Whether a Client Might Hurt Herself 112
10 How to Determine Whether a Client Is a Substance Abuser 128
11 How to Assess Children for Neglect, Abuse, and Sexual Abuse 138
12 What Psychological Testing Is and When You Might Ask for It 153
13 How to Write an Assessment 162
14 Where You Go from Here 172
Index 175
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