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Leoš Zatloukal, Miloš Havlík, Zdislav Doleček, Jaroslav Šotola

Complex Needs Assesment in Counseling Conversation from the Solution-focused approach Perspective


Abstract:

The paper is devoted to clients’ needs and their assessment in social services. The first part is concentrated on definition of the term „need“. Authors argue that need is a construct which describes the difference between preferred and current situation. The second part of the paper is devoted to two approaches utilized in needs assessment – namely problem- -focused and solution-focused approach. Both of them are described (including their practical application) and their advantages and disadvantages are discussed too.


Keywords:

needs assessment, counseling, problem-focused approach, solution-focused approach




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