12 Core Functions: Assessment

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Not to be confused with screening the assessment is the procedure used by a counselor to identify and evaluate a client’s strengths, weaknesses, issues, and needs for the purpose of creating a treatment plan. At this point, the counselor uses all the information already gathered to ensure they are fully versed in their clients: relevant history (but not limited to) alcohol and drug use, approved methods, and procedures for gathering corroborative information from significant secondary sources. And identified appropriate assessment tools. The goal of the assessment is to develop a diagnostic evaluation of the client’s substance use as well as any co-existing conditions. Additionally, the counselor will explain the rationale behind the assessment to the client.

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