Where possible it is desirable to collect information in the form of recognised psychometric tests for impartiality and quantitative data. There also needs to be a sound clinical judgement gained from direct interaction with the person being assessed. An assessment needs to be fit for purpose in that it:
• Explore client work and discuss ethical issues arising from the work
• Discuss boundaries and challenges to boundaries
• Explore and experience relationships in a reflective way
• An opportunity for learning and sharpening of skills
• A space for looking at the impact of personal issues on professional work
• To identify opportunities for further training or development
Many therapeutic training courses to not cover the basics of assessment
Hope Training engages in training therapists to do assessments- this can have a bespoke element according to commissioning agencies or follow a general assessment format
Courts sometimes require assessments of clients and therapeutic input
Hope Psychological Services engages in producing expert witness reports and also undertaking therapeutic work suggested by the court in collaboration with the client. Reports of therapy are also available within boundaries.
At the beginning of therapeutic work an assessment will aid more effective treatment and a shared understanding of the issues to be addressed in therapy. Hope Therapy will offer a written assessment at the outset of a therapeutic relationship on request.