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As a life raft for beginners and their supervisors, Where to Start and What to Ask provides all the necessary tools for garnering information from clients Lukas also offers a framework for thinking about that information and formulating a thorough assessment This indispensable book helps therapeutic neophytes organize their approach to the initial phase of treatment and navigate even rough clinical waters with competence and assurance.


10 thoughts on “Where to Start and What to Ask: An Assessment Handbook

  1. Lindsay Lindsay says:

    The ultimate What the Hell to Do for those initial first stages of being a trainee Highly recommended for anyone close to completing their first year in graduate school for clinical psychology or psychotherapy , or anyone who is unsure as to whether or not they want to pursue clinical psychology as a career Lukas writes in a clear, direct manner and tackles such common sense, but often not discussed topics such as, What items should be brought up during my first phone conversation with a client , What happens if a client s spouse friend child picks up the phone how should I respond , money collection 101, etc.


  2. Susan Susan says:

    This is a very helpful book The author writes like she is reading your mind, and answers your questions I would recommend it to anyone doing social work addiction counseling etc.


  3. Lauraadriana Lauraadriana says:

    SUPER USEFUL handbook for social workers doing assessments, intake and or direct client work.


  4. Hamze Jirde Hamze Jirde says:

    it was excited book i would like to recommend my friends to read it.


  5. K K says:

    These days, in preparation for my internship in the fall, I m trying to read books that will remind me how to work clinically This one is excellent, and I deeply wish I had read it in my second or third year of graduate school I had to learn a lot of this stuff on the job, through floundering and making mistakes, and my field experiences would have been worlds easier if someone had just told me these things This is an extremely practical NO theory how to book for social work psychology students who are just starting out and want to know how to conduct initial interviews with various clients adults, children and their parents , couples, families, etc It also covers issues such as assessing for violent potential, suicidality, and child abuse neglect It s written in a very simple manner and the style and information is appropriate for students rather than professionals However, it s serving as an excellent review for me I also recommend it to supervisors as a good resource for providing guidance to their supervisees.


  6. Nargiz Nargiz says:

    It is a great introduction book for those who start their social work practice Where to start and what to ask gives an overview how to conduct first interview with various groups i.e adults, children, couples, families substance abusers , but the list isn t comprehensive.The book doesn t talk about ethical issues ethical decision making and ethical practice I understand that it is an introductory assessment handbook, but social worker values and ethics should come first even before first interview I would also prefer to see an extensive thematic bibliography of recommended books for those who would like to go beyond the scope of this book.


  7. cathy cathy says:

    This is my most dog earred book It contains little psychological theory, but I found it the most practical thing I read in grad school Lukas gives rookies the nuts and bolts of first and second interviews with a range of clients, from young children to chronically impaired adults There are many useful tips for conducting comprehensive assessments and mental status exams, as well as reminders about keeping yourself safe when you are working with potentially volitile patients I could not have survived my first year of training without this text If you are just beginning a psych or social work career, I d add this one to your library.


  8. Aaron K Aaron K says:

    A great book for looking at the very basics of interviewing for social workers, nurses, counsellors, etc It really is where to start and get a good idea of how the interview process should proceed Covers a number of areas, including individuals, families, children and also has a good look at what to do for suicidal clients.Having said all that, I would not recommend this book for basically experienced clinicians The simplicity of the title really shows where the books is coming from and who the audience is.


  9. Aaron Aaron says:

    I didn t read this one cover to cover, but I remember it was useful when I first started doing assessments Of course, skillful interviewing is refined by experience this book is best used as a guideline for starting clinicians to both relieve anxiety and get your bearing in the interview Seasoned clinicians might also benefit from reviewing it and considering ways to adjust their approach.


  10. Chavonne Chavonne says:

    This book is an absolute gem for clinicians I read it for a class while in school and just finished reading it as I prepared for my first initial assessment as a bonafide therapy huzzah This is easily read and implemented and is incredibly useful for allaying the fears of any new therapist.