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Moving Beyond Assessment

A practical guide for beginning helping professionals

Melissa D. Grady and Eileen A. Dombo

Publication Date - February 2016

ISBN: 9780199367016

240 pages
7 x 10 inches

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An essential guide for anyone who is seeking to become a helping professional


Moving Beyond Assessment: A Practical Guide for Beginning Helping Professionals is a text designed to help beginning professionals from social work, nursing, psychology, counseling, and other related disciplines navigate the early stages of working with clients in a variety of settings. The authors are experienced clinicians, supervisors, and professors who have trained hundreds of graduate students to learn how to assess, intervene, and evaluate their work with clients. In addition to the direct practice focus of the book, the authors address issues such as self-care, the basics of neurobiology, working with multi-disciplinary teams, evidence-based practice, and supervision. The text has a user-friendly tone and the authors have included numerous practice vignettes and their own personal and professional experiences to exhibit how the content can be applied to real life settings. Beginning practitioners will find tips, tools, resources, and concrete examples they can use to enhance their work with clients and normalize their experiences in the helping field, while learning how to take care of themselves as professionals. This text is an essential guide for anyone who is seeking to become a helping professional.


  • The text is very practical, and was developed to be user-friendly and accessible to a wide range of professionals.
  • Unlike many academics, the authors still maintain clinical practices, and they speak from direct experience while combining their research, practice, and teaching experiences in the text.
  • Each chapter concludes with tools for use in practice and summary guides for further learning.

About the Author(s)

Melissa D. Grady, PhD, MSW, is an Associate Professor at The Catholic University of America's National Catholic School of Social Service. At CUA she conducts research on sexual violence prevention and evidence-based practice and teaches courses on clinical theory, social work practice, human development, and research. Dr. Grady has been in active clinical practice for almost 20 years.

Eileen A. Dombo, PhD, MSW, is an Assistant Dean and Assistant Professor at The Catholic University of America's National Catholic School of Social Service, where she is also Chair of the BSW Program. She is a clinical social worker with almost 20 years' experience working with trauma survivors, and her research and writing focuses on trauma and current issues in clinical practice, as well as workforce health and vicarious trauma. Dr. Dombo teaches clinical practice courses to graduate students and directs the senior thesis course for undergraduates.

Table of Contents

    1. Introduction

    2. What to know before you even start!

    3. Cultural and identity issues in practice

    4. How your role will guide what you do

    Part I: Beginnings
    5. 1st Session

    6. Assessment

    7. Asking the difficult questions: What to ask and how to respond

    8. Assessing safety of client

    9. Assessing safety of others in relation to client

    Part II: Planning and implementing interventions
    10. Evidence-based practice and how to use research in treatment planning

    11. Role of Theory in treatment interventions

    12. Treatment planning and goal setting

    13. The middle phase of treatment

    Part III: Ending with Clients
    14. Termination

    15. Evaluating practice

    Part IV: On-going issues for consideration
    16. Supervision

    17. Technology and social media

    18. The brain: Beginning knowledge

    19. Closure

    20. Appendix


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