Before You See Your First Client: 55 Things Counselors, by Howard Rosenthal

By Howard Rosenthal

Before you notice Your First consumer begins the place classes, workshops, education seminars, and textbooks depart off, offering a candid behind-the-scenes examine the fields of remedy, counseling and human providers. In a reader-friendly and available type, Dr. Howard Rosenthal bargains his readers fifty five worthwhile and useful rules for the implementation, development, and enlargement of one's psychological overall healthiness perform. in line with the author's personal own reviews, the e-book is written in an intimate and private type to which green and starting therapists can simply relate.

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Fm Page 34 Monday, August 23, 2004 9:27 PM Before You See Your First Client Mike’s, it was identical except for the first paragraph. After my initial shock, I contacted the psychologist who did the testing to find out exactly how this could have happened. The psychologist explained that the battery of tests was indeed administered to each client and the scores tabulated but, with the advent of computer word-processing programs, reports were no longer truly individualized. Since writing the test reports is a lengthy and arduous process only the first paragraph, that is to say, the one that talks about the client’s age, appearance, reason for referral, and effort put into the administered tests, is 100 percent tailored to the actual client in question.

In some cases the diagnosis or label simply becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. The worst scenario is the so-called iatrogenic illness, a term borrowed from medicine to describe a physician-induced illness. fm Page 22 Monday, August 23, 2004 9:22 PM Before You See Your First Client she suffers from it, then an iatrogenic illness has been instilled. However, if you are looking to get paid for your services, third-party payers such as insurance companies, managed care firms, Medicare and Medicaid require a diagnosis from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) of the American Psychiatric Association or the International Classification of Disease (ICD) produced by the World Health Organization.

A person-centered response generally won’t produce bells, whistles, magical cures, or insights that take your breath away. But, like a five iron, it won’t cause any damage either. You won’t, for example, usually see a client bolting out of the office as was the case in my aforementioned Ericksonian clone experiment. One day I was talking to a highly trained clinical psychologist who had a practice next door to mine about this principle and told him that I was a bit perplexed that this advice never seemed to be forthcoming at seminars and workshops in the field.

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