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(p. 35) Assessment of the Child 

(p. 35) Assessment of the Child
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(p. 35) Assessment of the Child
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Victor G. Carrión

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780190201326.003.0003
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date: 28 October 2020

During the initial assessment, the child and caregivers are interviewed both individually and jointly. The primary goal of the therapist during this session is to elucidate links between traumatic events and presenting symptoms by performing a comprehensive mental status evaluation. Active listening techniques are detailed that can be used to ascertain the youth’s medical and academic history, and strategies are discussed for the assessment of functioning in terms of their biology, development, resiliency, and support system. Supplemental forms for the recording of traumatic experiences, family history, and optional notes are provided.

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