Co-occurring Disorder Assessment Steps
Grand Canyon University
July 27, 2011
When dealing with co-occurring disorders assessment is the key element. Therefore the steps must be followed to the letter to accurately diagnose co-occurring disorders in an effort to best serve the client.
Assessment allows the clinician to formulate with the client the best treatment plan so the client is treated effectively.
Without assessment a client could be misdiagnosed and not be treated for disorders that exist but are not due not being assessed.
The steps for assessing a client are outlined in TIP 42 Chapter 4 list 12 steps in assessing clients for co-occurring disorders from engaging clients to treatment planning. It is important to follow these steps in order to accurately assess, diagnose and treat clients. When engaging clients clinicians should make the client feel comfortable by being attending, utilizing listening skills, and always introducing themselves. A clinician should always find out why the client is there, let the client know what the length of treatment will be. A clinician should further always probe to find out what immediate needs the client may have and refer them out if they are unable to service them.
When assessing a client always ask questions about the clients family, friend and other treatment service providers and get consents to talk to those people if necessary. Many times clients don’t realize the gravity of their problems or how they affect others and other providers many times can offer valuable information when treating clients with co-occurring disorders.
One should ask probing question such as does the client hear things that other people don’t hear, does the client see things that other people don’t see, and do they have any special gifts or powers when screening for co-occurring disorders.
Something that is very important is to screen suicidal or...