Economic Woes Draw Many to Counseling
In a day when businesses are failing, many counselors are seeing a large influx of clients looking for help in dealing with the stresses the poor economy adds to their lives. Therapists are forced to assess severity of problems to determine the degree of urgency needed in care, much as a medical facility performs triage in an urgent care setting. One useful instrument for this purpose is the Quick Psycho Affective Symptoms Scan (QPASS).
A number of professional counselors are seeing their schedules filled for weeks in advance as the U.S. economy takes its toll on individuals, families and marriages. Therapists are forced to prioritize care for these clients, and to assess severity of problems to determine the degree of urgency needed in care, much as a medical facility performs triage in an urgent care setting.
Unfortunately, there has been a scarcity of instruments available for performing this type of triage care in the counseling setting. One useful instrument increasing in popularity is the Quick Psycho Affective Symptoms Scan (QPASS). This very compact assessment tool is a boon for counselors dealing with more clients than available face-to-face hours. By catching hidden crisis behaviors in its "Red Flag" section, and measuring anger, anxiety and depression, QPASS can aid in prioritizing counselees by the severity of their distress, often obtaining information missed in a clinical interview and in much less time.
"QPASS gives a quick picture of the impact of issues with new clients, and also picks up symptoms that are not always reported in face-to-face interviews. It is now a standard part of our intake process with every client." says Joan Cook, MC, Licensed Marital and Family Therapist and Director of Phoenix Christian Counseling Associates in Phoenix, AZ.
The brevity of QPASS is also beneficial: clients can complete a thorough QPASS assessment in about ten minutes and counselors can score their results in as little as three minutes, giving almost instant information about the severity of the client's distress and the urgency of care required. At only $.69 per assessment QPASS is also a wise financial choice for these troubled economic times.
More information about QPASS, including reliability and validity data is available at QPASSLive.com or at 1-800-887-1273.
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