Assessment in Psychotherapy

Assessment in Psychotherapy

Assessment in Psychotherapy

Assessment in Psychotherapy

Synopsis

Addresses the complexities of psychoanalytic assessment. Comprises a comprehensive review of relevant literature and contributions from various psychotherapists on the different aspects of the assessment process.

Excerpt

This book was conceived by the Editors following the realization that the assessments done by members of the Clinical Service of the British Association of Psychotherapists (BAP), since it formally came into being in January 1983, formed a considerable core of knowledge and experience. Between us, we have done literally hundreds of assessments and have subsequently referred many of these patients on for psychoanalytic psychotherapy. the contributors to this book are all members of the Clinical Service assessment team for individual adult psychotherapy. There is also a Child and Adolescent Clinic in the bap, which has its own assessment procedure. We hope that the sharing of our joint expertise may be helpful for all those therapists who inevitably find themselves faced with conducting an assessment, often with very little experience and few guidelines.

While there is overall cohesion in the way that assessments are conducted and referrals subsequently made, there are differences in the terminology, partly due to the two orientations -- psychoanalytic and Jungian -- in the bap. Although there is a distinction . . .

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