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After you conducted or observed a Mental Status Exam and/or Suicide Risk Assessment?

Can you provide a summary of your reactions?
Provide a summary of what your concerns, fears, and anticipations were for when you or someone else conducted your assessment.
In addition, consider the following after reading the attached mental health assessment:

What are your observations or understanding of the fluidity of the Mental Status Exam?
Does the exam present as less or more structured than anticipated?
What specific questions or observations are noted to collect information specific to the Mental Status Exam?
How does rapport building occur?
What are the basic attending skills you noticed?

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After you had conduct or observe a Mental Status Exam and/or Suicide Risk Assessment?

(1) Can you provide a summary of your reactions?

The mental status examination is a structured assessment of the patient's behavioral and cognitive functioning. The exam seeks a description of a patient's appearance and behavior. It includes descriptions such as the patient's appearance, his or her presenting behavior, and level of consciousness (Sommers-Flanagan & Rita Sommers-Flanagan, 2002). The questions sought on the Mental State Exam are probing questions that the client would not readily communicate. According to Sommers-Flanagan & Rita Sommers-Flanagan, other concerns for the therapist/practitioner include cognition, language and memory.

(2) Provide a summary of what was your concerns, fears, and anticipations for when you or conduct your assessment.
NOTE: This statement requires a subjective response

In addition, consider the following:

(3) What are your observations of the fluidity of the Mental Status Exam?

The mental health exam provides a basis by which to determine a client's overall mental state. Based on ...

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