Assessment and Preparation for IPT-G
The assessment process has two principal goals: (1) to assess the patient adequately in order to make a diagnostic decision and decide on a preferred treatment course; and (2) to use the diagnostic information obtained to help the patient develop a reasonable focus for treatment. It is strongly recommended that such an assessment procedure be allocated a minimum of two interviews.1 This is not an unreasonable time expectation for most service settings, especially in situations where the outcome is a decision to enter the patient into a treatment program that entails a significant expenditure of time, energy, and expense.
The patient is assessed in a standard diagnostic interview lasting approximately one hour. Through this interview, a DSM-IV diagnosis is established along with a general formulation that pulls together past development, current stress, and relevant psychological issues. The interviewer must therefore be selective in obtaining information related primarily to the diagnostic task. On the basis of this interview,