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Assessment

Effective assessment of client’s psychological needs and state of mind is an essential feature of good practice. A thorough assessment leads to better treatment plans and also can be used as a guide for important decisions about a persons care and welfare.

 

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

Needs

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.