Client Assessment Interview)

Develop a client assessment interview using any problem that would ordinarily come to the attention of a social service agency. Your client should be an adult calling on his or her own to seek services. In developing your client and your client’s problem, read the American psychiatric Association’s diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (DSM-5) and look at books and articles on specific problems (such as domestic violence, alcoholism, divorce, depression, addiction).


What would you say in a client assessment interview? (Discuss the Following 11 Points)

Headings for the paper are in BOLD.


Explanation of Purpose of Assessment—presenting a rationale for assessment interview to the client.


Identification of Range of Concerns—using leads to help the client identify all the relevant primary and secondary issues to get the big picture.


Prioritization and Selection of Issues—using leads to help the client prioritize issues and select the initial area of focus.


Identification of Present Behaviors—using leads to help the client identify the six components of current behavior(s): affective, somatic, behavioral, cognitive, contextual, and relational.


Identification of Antecedents—using leads to help the client identify categories of antecedents and their effect on the current issue.


Identification of Consequences—using leads to help the client identify categories of consequences and their influence on the current issue.


Identification of Secondary Gains—using leads to help the client identify underlying controlling variables that serve as payoffs to maintain the issue.


Identification of Previous Solutions—using leads to help the client identify previous solutions or attempts to solve the issue and their subsequent effect on the issue.


Identification of Client Individual and environmental strengths and coping skills—using leads to help the client identify past and present coping or adaptive behavior and how such skills might be used in working with the present issue.


Identification of the Client’s Perceptions of the concern—using leads to help the client describe her or his under-standing of the concern.


Identification of Intensity—using leads and/or client self-monitoring to identify the impact of the concern on the client’s life, including (a) degree of severity and (b) frequency and/or duration of current behaviors.

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