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Initial communications and developing a rapport
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It is important not to assume you have a willing partner in the assessment. Gauging the patient’s degree of collaboration must be integral in determining the risk. However, this is not a static process. The way in which the clinician builds and develops a rapport and seeks the individual’s collaboration and agreement in the assessment process is crucial to how the risks change. Feeling comfortable and engaged in the process is likely to help the person talk more freely about their experiences and seek helpful solutions while interpersonal problems experienced in the early stages of an interview will undoubtedly complicate the process and make it more diffi cult.