Vistas Online 2012

VISTAS Online is an innovative publication produced for ACA by Dr. Garry R. Walz and Dr. Jeanne C. Bleuer of Counseling Outfitters, LLC. Its purpose is to provide a means of capturing the ideas, information and experiences generated by the annual ACA Conference and selected ACA Division Conferences. Papers on a program or practice that has been validated through research or experience may also be submitted. This digital collection of peer-reviewed articles is authored by counselors, for counselors. VISTAS Online contains the full text of over 900 proprietary counseling articles published from 2004 to 2017.


Clinical Assessment in the Counseling Process: A Teaching Model

Yuh-Jen Guo, Shu-Ching Wang, and Veronica Johnson


In our view, clinical assessment takes many forms, and includes a combination of clinical interview and assessment tools. More importantly, clinical assessment should not be viewed as merely a one-time client intake but rather a component in the counseling process. However, the main function of clinical assessment is to establish an effective relationship with the client during the first meeting (Sommers-Flanagan & SommersFlanagan, 2008) and collect essential clinical information from them (Jones, 2010). It serves as a foundation for subsequent counseling procedures. This article intends to discuss the role and functions of clinical assessment in the counseling process to provide counselor educators a teaching model that depicts how clinical assessment fits in the counseling process.

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