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- Briefly explain the role and importance of assessment in counseling practice.
- Explain two situations in which a counselor should use formal assessment in counseling practice.
- Explain two situations in which one should use informal assessment in counseling practice.
- Justify your response using specific examples.

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Role of Assessment:

Why is assessment important in counselling? Assessment is important for counselling practitioners primarily because it allows them to measure, diagnose, probe, explore and evaluate a subject/client so that they can come to understand the issues and elements involved for the purpose of making a diagnosis. Seen as the first stage of any treatment process in counselling, its fundamental importance is the fact that without proper evaluation and diagnosis, the counsellor is unable to prescribe a treatment program that has the potential to work as problems of an emotional, behavioural and psychological nature requiring specific treatment programs due to the very personal nature of issues. While problems fall within the general description of certain issues, the way they manifest in individual cases are specific and as such, treatments, while falling under similar headings, have very specific elements that are put together for the unique needs of the individual. Assessments come in many forms and they can be informal or formal. Aside from counselling though, diagnostic and evaluative assessments are also undertaken for role ...

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- Briefly describe the method or particular instrument you would use to assess the client presented in the case study and explain why you chose that method or instrument.
- Explain how you would integrate the use of this assessment into your personal counseling style.
- Briefly conceptualize this client's case based on the crisis assessment.

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Jessie is an 11-year-old male. Six months ago, a tornado came through the town where he lives with his parents and two siblings. The tornado destroyed every house on the street, except his. The elderly lady who lived next door to him died in the tornado. The house down the street belonging to his best friend was demolished. His best friend's family moved into temporary housing while their house was being rebuilt. Jessie was asleep when the tornado came through but was awakened by his panic-stricken mother who was screaming for all the children to run to the bathroom. Jessie is now overly protective of his siblings and has great difficulty falling asleep at night.

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