The Solution-Focused Assessment Interview
This chapter focuses on assessment of and initial contact with group participants. It discusses in detail a solution-focused perspective of assessment that is substantially different from traditional assessment of domestic violence offenders, in that participants are viewed as assessors and the emphasis of assessment is on strengths and exceptions as opposed to history of the problems and/or severity of violence. The focus of the assessment interviews includes: (1) initiate a collaborative relationship; (2) build initiative for change; (3) plant seeds for immediate and future change efforts; and (4) define the expectations for the group. It explains the step-by-step process starting with initial phone contact and showing how accountability for change is introduced in the assessment interview.
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