Monday, September 15, 2008

DO A CLIENT MAP

DO A CLIENT MAP is a Mnemonic device for therapists to recall the basics of a diagnostic interview. The diagnostic interview is one of the therapists best tools for organizing clinical information pertinent to future diagnosis and treatment.

DO A CLIENT MAP

Diagnosis
Objectives of treatment
Assessments needed (e.g. neurological, personality)
Clinician characteristics viewed as therapeutic
Location of treatment (e.g. hospital, outpatient)
Interventions to be used
Emphasis of treatment (level of directiveness; level of supportiveness; cognitive, behavioral, affective emphasis)
Nature of treatment (individual, couple, family, group)
Timing (frequency, pacing, duration)
Medications needed
Adjunct services (e.g. support groups, legal advice, education)
Prognosis

excerpted from "Selecting Effective Treatments" Linda Seligman 1990

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