As we covered in the text this lesson, there are many different tools and approaches to the assessment interview. How would you approach an assessment interview? What are some questions you would absolutely include? What are the most important areas to cover, in your opinion? Please answer this question and respond to two other students’ posts. Thank you.
Screening: Brief procedures used to determine if there may be a problem, indicating the need for a more thorough assessment.
The Michigan Alcohol Screening Test (MAST) and the Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory (SASSI) are both widely used standardized screening tools.
The assessment may be the most important aspect of the treatment continuum. It is during the assessment that one identifies a person’s strengths as well as their problems, and begins the process of building a treatment plan. If the assessment misses something important, the person may not get the treatment they need. Great care must be taken in the assessment, as it is the foundation upon which the rest of the treatment experience is built.
The assessment seeks to determine:
When completing an assessment, the professional gathers information from a variety of sources. These may include a clinical interview, use of standardized screening/assessment tools, information provided by family members, prior records and urine analysis for substances of abuse. The professional must always be vigilant to the presence of denial in the person being assessed. Substance abusers tend to minimize the nature and amount of their substance abuse.
The objectives of assessment include:
A comprehensive assessment examines:
There are three basic steps to assessment:
Based on the outcome of the assessment, a treatment plan is developed, consisting of appropriate interventions designed specifically for the client.
These interventions may include: