Where to Start and What to Ask: An Assessment Handbook (Paperback)

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Where to Start and What to Ask: An Assessment Handbook (Paperback)

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An enhanced edition of the best-selling guide to clinical assessment.


A life raft for students, neophyte clinicians, and their supervisors, this popular guidebook—as relevant today as it was when it first appeared nearly twenty years ago—offers all the necessary tools for formulating a thorough client assessment. The enhanced edition is packaged together with a companion CD filled with lessons and exercises on the clinical interview. Sit back, relax, and think along with Susan Lukas about the many questions that you need to ask about yourself and your client before, during, and after the interview. Doing so will not only improve your clinical skills but also increase your confidence and self-awareness as a practitioner.


Praise for Where to Start and What to Ask:


“Lukas has performed an excellent service in writing this book. The way she handles the material makes ideas immediately accessible. An experienced professional, she has clearly not forgotten what the beginnings were like. . . . This book creates a sense of space and time for thinking and learning, for collecting, mulling over and drawing conclusions from what is observed.” —Journal of Analytic Social Work



“Lukas does a wonderful job of presenting many different types of assessment procedures and what should be addressed during an assessment. . . . Straightforward and easy to read and understand.” —Journal of Family Psychotherapy



Susan Lukas, MSW, LCSW, received her degree in social work from Hunter College and practiced in New York City and in Nyack, New York. She died in 2008.

Product Details ISBN: 9780393707847
ISBN-10: 0393707849
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: May 21st, 2012
Pages: 208
Language: English
Series: Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology
[A] fine guide to clinical assessment certain to be as important today as it was when it first appeared nearly twenty years ago.
— Midwest Book Review

Lukas writes clearly and concisely, offering quick yet interesting insights. She helps readers understand why assessment is important, then provides skills to improve one’s interviewing skills. . . . [A] useful reference for any mental health practitioner.
— PsychCentral