Therapy Skills: History Taking
History Taking Worksheet
- Follow your assessment notes through. You might even want to rewrite them to suit your style. Keep to the same order though for the sake of your placement.
- Ask client at beginning to give you a 'nut-shell' description of their problem and then (if appropriate) move to history taking with a statement like "Ok now its really useful if at this stage I can hear a history of a person and not just about 'a problem', it gives me a greater perspective to understand your problems from."
- Listen especially closely to analogous situations to their problem in their history, this is especially pertinent on the following check points:
- Romantic relationships (eg do they always go for the same partners?)
- Schooling (did they have problems making friends like they do now?)
- Parenting (is there anything repeating here?)
- Other therapists-what was helpful, don't reinvent the wheel and don't fall for the same traps they did.
- Consumer Segment. You might find helpful to have your own version of this written that suits you. Give more information to those who have never seen a psychologist before.