“I went home and counted the number of days for me to return. My first visit with you was different, and I thank you for that.” When Ralph articulated this, he was genuine and authentic in showing gratitude towards Karinn, his clinician and the entire staff at the Hope Clinic.
Completing an effective and comprehensive mental health assessment involves the use of art and science, and techniques. The principles and these techniques of effective and comprehensive mental health assessment are empowering tools for all of us who strive to make a difference in the lives of our patents and clients.
“I thought this was going to be my worst experience, but Karinn is different.”
Ralph articulated these words to Wayne, the psychiatrist, meeting him for the first time, for his initial psychiatric evaluation.
Mental health assessment is one of the most miss-conceptualized activities performed in the field of mental health. It is either easy or difficult, one either knows it all or not at all. Its purpose is also often misunderstood—fill out or complete the paper work, get the note done, get someone admitted to a program or to the clinic. What if, as a whole, we had the wrong concept regarding mental health assessment?