- Treatment cannot begin until a clear clinical picture is established. Utilizing a “psychology model”, clinicians utilize a range of clinical tools to clarify this clinical picture. A clear clinical picture can best be established through client self-disclosure, the acquisition of collateral information, and the utilization of formalized assessment techniques
- Clinical formulation is a dynamic process and must adjust to the acquisition of new information.
- Recovery is a process--not an event. Clients determine the pace of recovery, recognizing that many forms of recovery require accountability both to oneself, as well as to an external entity.
- Clients often lack the ability to recognize resources within themselves and within their community to address their needs on a day-to-day basis and thus, are seeking assistance in this process. An important component to most intervention strategies is the identification of both assets and liabilities within an individual and within an individual’s environment which contribute to both recovery and pathology.
- Therapeutic intervention is a proactive response to the change process. Intervention may include utilizing community resources to leverage recovery. Intervention may include traditional counseling, but may also include modifying the client’s environment or other life circumstances.
- Intervention should be based on a sound theoretical basis and/or on empirical evidence.
- Treatment services do not fix people’s problems, but rather expedite the recovery process for individuals who are willing to engage in the recovery process.
- All clinical practices must utilize sound ethical principles. All clinical decisions should be filtered through these three ethical constructs: 1) non-malfeasance, 2) beneficence, and 3) autonomy/least restrictive environment.