A Functional Analytic Conceptualization of Retraumatization: Implications for Clinical Assessment
In clinical settings, assessment procedures may have a number of uses, particularly in the early stages of therapy. For example, a therapist may use assessment procedures to develop a relationship with a client, increase a client’s buy-in, understand the client’s vocabulary for describing psychological phenomena, or even demonstrate the necessity of therapeutic services (e.g., to the client’s insurance provider). Most importantly, though, all assessment activities should have treatment utility; in other words, they should meaningfully inform treatment in ways that bene¢t clients (Hayes, Nelson, & Jarrett, 1987). Because the ultimate determination of the adequacy of an assessment is successful treatment, the goals of treatment should serve as the context for a discussion of clinical assessment.