COMPREHENSIVE INTEGRATED PSYCHIATRIC ASSESSMENT
If you are a mental health practitioner, you have likely experienced the frustration of needing to gather more information about your client.
Usually, people hide information. After all, they feel shame or embarrassment.
However, have you ever considered that there might be another reason? Perhaps the person you are interviewing needs to understand what the question means. Notice anything in common with these questions: “Do you have any feelings of depression?” and “Do you have any feelings of sadness?”
One would assume they both ask if a person experiences sadness or depression, but one uses a better word to capture accurate symptoms. This is why it is so important for professionals to use clear and precise language when conducting assessments.
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Continuing with the example, maybe your client reports feeling sad and that they feel like crying. In your assessment, you might have written that the person reports feeling sad or depressed. However, if you had used the word depressed, it would have held more meaning for your client. For example, some people might not understand that depression differs from sadness or grief. So, when you ask if a person experiences depression emotionally and cognitively, it helps to clarify their issue so that you can provide better care for them.
A comprehensive, integrated psychiatric assessment (CIPS) is the best method to gather as much information as possible about your client’s mental health status and needs.