I’ve been helping another blog sort, my contribution is drawing Terry Gorski for Medivance Billing Service’s Blog for the past few month. What a guy and advocate he is, I’ve learned so much just trolling his website before I drew Terry. I looked at this assignment as if I was going to draw one of the Mental Health Heroes. Terry is a mental health and Addiction author instead of making this a Mental Health Humor series Terry got his own title: Gorski On ChartinG. What I love about Terry is this, that his body of work is perfect for our field – his focus: Mental Health, Substance Abuse, & Terrorism
1. Viewing the assessment as a meaningless task that only has to be done because it is REQUIRED. This relegates the history to a piece of administrivia that is at best a waste of time and at worsts is harmful because is takes time away form more valuable things like therapy.
2. Show the patient a big pile of papers and say something like this: “I’m sorry, but we have to get this stuff done now before we can get to the important stuff. This invites patients to share your point of view – the assessment is just a big waste of time that is required to get the program licensed and to get paid by insurance.
3. Start filling out the paper. If possible, ignore the patient entirely unless. Be sure that all the repetitive stuff on each form, like name, address, phone number, etc. is done in session with the client.
4. Read each question to the patient in a dull monotone and then write exactly what they say without really listening or trying to see if there is any meaning or emotion behind what they are saying.
5. Have the patient sign and date all the forms in all the required places as you do the same. Then say thank you and tell the patient he/she is free to leave.
6. If possible assign this history taking process to a psych tech, an intern, or a volunteer.
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