chapter  3
Client Selection
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The question of who should be treated in brief and longer therapy has always been of interest. In this era of increasingly mandated brief therapy, the selection issue might seem less important, since the nature of service delivery contracts and third-party payers’ poli­ cies often dictate treatment duration. These conditions have resulted in greater interest than ever in selection issues, however, as ethical, legal, humanitarian, and professional autonomy concerns have been raised by the mandating of often uniform limited treatment duration for clients who vary in diagnosis, problem severity, and personal resources.