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(p. 33) Screening and Assessment 

(p. 33) Screening and Assessment
(p. 33) Screening and Assessment

David J. Kolko

and Eric M. Vernberg

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date: 28 January 2021

This chapter describes the process of determining who is an appropriate client and learning about his/her background as is relevant to treatment. This includes screening for misuse of fire among clinic-referred children and adolescents, and documenting details of a fire. It also provides an in-depth explanation of the children’s firesetting interview and firesetting risk interview assessment tools. The chapter emphasizes the importance of these screening and assessment tools, to allow practitioners to gain a more comprehensive picture of the treatment needs of fire-involved youth. A short case example is provided. The chapter concludes with a discussion on how to get started, using initial assessments to help indicate further useful questions and assessment tools.

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