Client Assessment by Stephen Palmer, Gladeana McMahon

By Stephen Palmer, Gladeana McMahon

`This chunky little booklet is jam-packed with fascinating methods to the at the moment trendy sector of customer assessment... it is a booklet for any counsellor or counsellor trainee's shelf, an important reference for the sound expert' - Counselling News

`The finished sequence of essays... is a well timed contribution... This ebook is ready being expert and effective... a worthy multimodal existence stock to be used with consumers is equipped' - Counselling, The magazine of The British organization for Counselling

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For example, a client may have excelled within an educational environment, moving easily through university and into a profession, and this information, together with the way in which the client comes across in the assessment session. may help the counsellor recognise how the client ust's intellectual powers to rationalise life events. Alter­ natively, the client may have left school at 16 with no formal qualifications, have been unemployed for years and live in a deprived area. Perhaps by eliCiting information anout educational estanlishments the cl ient has attended, the counsellor may discover how isolated the client felt and how educational achievement hecame a way of coping with this isolation or how lack of edu­ cational opportunity has influenced the client's life chances.

The question also has the advantage that it is open-ended and makes no assumptions. In addition. 3 Mother Father (60) Brother (Michael) (55) (51) I I John (76) I I Brother (Tom) (62) 39 Michael (28) Samantha (2S) Julian (1 9) Family tree have had and the relationships the client experienced, including how the client felt about those concerned. One of the reasons why counsellors are deemed to need a period of personal therapy is in order to explore personal prejudices. These prejudices could be ahout other people's hackgrounds, cultures, belief systems and relationship styles, and such prejudices could interfere with the counselling process (Syme, 1 994; McMahon, 1 994).

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