Where to Start and What to Ask: An Assessment Handbook

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An enhanced edition of the best-selling guide to clinical assessment.A life raft for students, neophyte clinicians, and their supervisors, this popular guidebook—as relevant today as it was when it first appeared nearly twenty years ago—offers all the necessary tools for formulating a thorough client assessment. The enhanced edition is packaged together with a companion CD filled with lessons and exercises on the clinical interview. Sit back, relax, and think along with Susan Lukas about the many questions that you need to ask about yourself and your client before, during, and after the interview. Doing so will not only improve your clinical skills but also increase your confidence and self-awareness as a practitioner.Praise for Where to Start and What to Ask:“Lukas has performed an excellent service in writing this book. The way she handles the material makes ideas immediately accessible. An experienced professional, she has clearly not forgotten what the beginnings were like. . . . This book creates a sense of space and time for thinking and learning, for collecting, mulling over and drawing conclusions from what is observed.” —Journal of Analytic Social Work
“Lukas does a wonderful job of presenting many different types of assessment procedures and what should be addressed during an assessment. . . . Straightforward and easy to read and understand.” —Journal of Family Psychotherapy

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

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Editorial Reviews

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.”
“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.””
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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393707847
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/21/2012
  • Edition description: Enhanced Edition with Audio CD
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 207,561
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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

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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