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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Assessment in Counselling

Theory, Process and Decision Making

ISBN 9781403904294
Publication Date March 2004
Formats Paperback Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave

Whilst assessment has long been central to the counselling process, with the recent moves towards evidence-based practice and increased regulation it is taking an increasingly pivotal role in service provision. This important new text helps clarify the nature and purpose of assessment in counselling. It explores the theoretical underpinnings of assessment across the core therapeutic schools and addresses critical differences in the meanings and importance deferred to it. It will be invaluable reading for all trainees as well as for practitioners wishing to gain a broad insight into therapeutic practice across the boundaries of the many therapeutic models.

JUDITH MILNER and PATRICK O'BYRNE are both freelance brief therapists with the Northope Hall Trust Counselling Scheme for young people who have experienced violence, school children with emotional and behavioural problems, adults with mental health problems and substance abuse. They also work with the Kirklees Domestic Violence/Northope Hall Trust domestic violence scheme which provides counselling for men and women who are violent to their partners. Judith also provides training in solution focussed and narrative therapies for a wide range of professionals. Patrick is also a family mediator with the West Yorkshire Family Mediation Service.

Introduction: Assessment Complexities
The Climate of Counselling
Assessment: What, When and How?
Psychodynamic Approaches: A Map of the Ocean
Transactional Analysis: A 'Games' Map
Cognitive Approaches: Handy Road Maps
The Person-Centred Approach: The Growth Map
The Narrative Approach: The Forecast Map
The Solution Focused Approach: The Navigator's Map
Integrative Models. Mixed Metaphors
Assessment Decisions
Concluding Remarks


Suitable for experienced and new counsellors, this would be a worthy addition to training course reading lists.' - Angela Cooper, Counselling and Psychotherapy Journal
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