Client Assessment and Initial Consultation Training


In this climate of change, we are all facing the challenges which come with adapting our way of working with clients. In recognition of this, the course will explore these differences and look at how they impact the initial assessment process.

Whether you are an experienced counsellor or just starting out in private practice, this course provides an understanding of the assessment process.

Limited spaces- don’t miss out!

The clients’ decision to seek therapy can be a momentous one, which makes that initial meeting so important. Assessment can be continuous and at times complex, requiring critical awareness and sensitivity, sound assessment skills are therefore crucial to effective clinical practice.

This two-day course now takes place online via Zoom and has been designed to give sufficient time and focus to developing an understanding of the assessment process and its execution. Practitioners will examine the theory and practice of this process, developing skills in initial consultation techniques and report writing.


Day One: You will gain an understanding of what assessment is and indeed what it is not. You will explore a range of assessment skills including what to look out for, and how to structure, the initial consultation itself.


Day Two:  Includes live supervision of clinical assessments presented by a number of you. You as a whole will be able to engage fully in discussion and learning throughout the supervision process.


Course Leader;  Joan Bristow MA MBACP(senior accredited), UKCP, BPC
Joan draws on 20 years of professional experience in a wide range of settings. She is an accomplished therapist and supervisor of both groups and individuals. Joan has a keen interest in training, leading workshops, and teaching on Certificate and Diploma Courses.


Date;  Saturday 14th May & Saturday 11th June 2022

Time; 10:00 – 16:00

Cost; £195

Early-Bird £175.50 (available until February 28th 2022)

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