Have you have ever watched a "learn to paint" television show, and just as you are about to switch to a different station, the artist says, "So today we are going to learn how to paint Da Vinci's Mona Lisa"? Your curiosity intensifies and you watch with great interest as the instructor applies the paint to the canvas. As you watch, you begin to wonder, when are the rudimentary outlines of varying color going to come together and start looking like the Mona Lisa? And then, slowly but surely, the artist adds a line here, a dab of color there, and that unmistakable face appears. Just as the artist skillfully adds fine details to the broad brush strokes to form the face, so too will skillful therapists obtain a clear and concise social history of their client.