The Collaborative Conversation ( Flemons & Gralnik )

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Assessment Part of the assessment process is asking numerous questions. It is critical for the therapist to develop the questions within the collaborative conversation (Flemons & Gralnik, 2013). The type of questions that can be asked can be formed implicitly or explicitly. It is imperative that the therapist does not make the client feel like they are being interrogated. Therefore, it is critical to read the client 's verbal and nonverbal cues. Furthermore, mirroring back key words the client has said back to them, to ensure they feel heard and understood. It is crucial for the therapist to not show too much empathy that is comes across disingenuous. Ensuring that the therapist is culturally sensitive to the client is a key component of the assessment process. It is crucial for the therapist to establish the differences between their cultural beliefs and their clients to ensure that the data collected is accurate and free of any unbiased beliefs of the clinician. There is a decent amount of diversity within cultural differences and how individuals overcome conflicts and crisis individually and as a family (Weaver & Wodarski, 1995). So it is critical that a therapist is aware of the cultural differences when making an assessment. For example, in this case, the wife is of a different ethnicity of the husband. The wife is a different ethnicity of the therapist and the husband and clinician are of the same ethnicity. Therefore, the therapist has to be…
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