By Sybil Cummin, MA, LPC, ACS
Does the term “Assessment” make you want to put your head down and take a snooze? Does it seem like assessment is something we HAVE to do just to CYA? I’m wondering if we can shift that perspective to provide our clients with the best care.
As clinicians, assessment is one of the most important jobs we do for our clients. During the assessment process, we gather data, which then determines the level and severity of our clients’ presenting issues and guides our treatment planning and process. Remember that assessment is a dynamic and ongoing process. A process that does not end after your initial intake and creation of a treatment plan. This is especially true for those who are living in or are surviving domestic violence.