The first meeting between assessor and client can be highly charged. The skilled assessor must quickly engage the client in a complex and emotional encounter which may surprise, disturb or disarm. The quality of the assessment meeting and the skill of the assessor form a crucial part of the process of beginning and its emotional impact often resonates well beyond the encounter itself. Sound assessment skills are crucial to effective clinical practice. However, professional trainings can often give insufficient time and focus to developing understanding of the assessment process.
The aim of this course with Cate Lyon is to understand the importance of the assessment as essential to good beginnings, to gain an overview of some theory and practice of clinical assessment and an understanding of the emotional impact of the assessment encounter, and its transference implications, to develop skills in assessment interview technique, psychodynamic formulation and approaching the assessment report.
Course requirements This is a 3 day course and participants must attend on April 6th and April 13th. There is a choice for the third day of either April 27th or May 18th. The course will be helpful to qualified and training counsellors and psychotherapists who are interested in developing their understanding and technique in clinical assessment. This course is psychodynamic in orientation although practitioners of other modalities are welcome to attend. You must be currently engaged in clinical work in order to be eligible to attend this course. Ideally, you should be in a position to carry out assessments in your work. Participants who volunteer to conduct and present an assessment for Day 3 must be qualified practitioners or in supervised honorary placements with permission to conduct an assessment.