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Solution-Focused Treatment of Domestic Violence Offenders$
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Mo Yee Lee, John Sebold, and Adriana Uken

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780195146776

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195146776.001.0001

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The Solution-Focused Assessment Interview

(p.18) 2 The Solution-Focused Assessment Interview
Solution-Focused Treatment of Domestic Violence Offenders

Mo Yee Lee

John Sebold

Adriana Uken

Oxford University Press

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.

Keywords:   assessment interview, intake, building initiative for change, expectation

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