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Effective Assessment and Care Planning Training

About the Course


Assessment and care planning are a core activity across all sectors, but are an element of practice that receives the least focus and investment.  However, research demonstrates that effective assessment can drive 37-50 per cent of outcome gains before the first session of treatment has begun.


This course looks at the core functions of assessment and how it can link more effectively with both care planning and support care interventions.  As such, it helps to identify key factors in promoting outcomes.  It places assessment into context of target diagnosis and supports practitioners to identify relevant factors at assessment.  It also identifies non-typical responses in clients which is often the first indication of a higher level of complex needs. 

Utilizing care planned models derived from behavioral approaches, it offers practitioners the skills to generate, identify and respond to goals drawn from the clients own motivational system.  This increases client engagement and change processes.  The course also explores less well known approaches to assessment such as non-linear assessments, and the role of assessment and various levels of intervention.

Who is This Course For? 

This course will be very helpful to any professionals whose work is based on assessment and care planning processes. 

Length of Course

1 or 2 days (9.30-4.30)

Method of Delivery


The training course is highly interactive, even during presentations. It uses a wide variety of learning approaches including presentations, pairs and small group work exercises and self-assessment.  The course is also supported with free e-learning and further resources to re-cap, review and refresh learning. 


Course Aims and Objectives:

The aim of the programme is to improve the assessment and care planning skills ofpratitiones to reduce inefficient resources and improve treatment outcomes.  

By the end of the course participants will have had opportunities to:           

  1. Define the clinical features of addiction and dependence

  2. Understand treatment length and prognosis

  3. Develop care plans based on the natural motivation of the client

  4. Identify key elements of effective assessment and care planning tools

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