- Identify and understand the client’s complaints and problem issues.
- Collect data to understand the client’s world and way of seeing things.
- Identify client strengths and weaknesses.
- Begin case formulation that leads to treatment planning.
The clinical interview is the most common assessment tool used in counseling as it is a “conversation with a purpose.” Standardized tests are considered to be the finest of assessment tools because they have been refined to the point where they can measure behavior, aptitude, ability, or personality with a high degree of objectivity and consistency.
Dr. Baker uses a number of standardized tests for the following areas:
- Behavioral and Mood
- Substance Abuse
- Anger Levels
- ADD and ADHD