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“I always get to where I'm going by walking away from where I have been.”  

Winnie the Pooh

InnerView Assessment

InnerView Assessment puts the presenting person ahead of the presenting problem. “Ask not what kind of disease the person has; ask what kind of person has the disease.” – Sir William Osler.  Although attention is paid to ‘where it hurts’ at first, the InnerView Guide investigates what is right with the person rather than what is wrong with them, as medical diagnosis might. That doesn’t discount or disregard typical history-taking, which can entail further inquiry into underlying issues such as past trauma, addictions, abusive relationships, dysfunctional patterns, and self-defeating emotional entanglements. However we look at those core issues against the backdrop of the healthy ‘big picture’ context in which the problems are taking place. For example, we want to ‘assess’ positive needs which have yet to be fulfilled, therapeutic movement towards a ‘preferred state’, values implicit in the client’s story, and the overarching purpose or personal credo inferred from their goals. When we elicit a vision of the preferred state, we de-pathologize the person who is hurting or in psychological crisis, and work to close the gap between present circumstances and their guiding vision. Is there any hope for improving the situation? What is that based upon? In addition to validating the person behind the problem, InnerView Guidance evokes the potential soul growth implicit in what could naturally be perceived as a debilitating psychological condition; to value as hidden gift what otherwise would simply be experienced as emotional injury. 

As a helping professional, if you are too issue-based you miss the chance to do a thorough positive assessment which is crucial to encouraging the person. The big picture often has more to do what the client isn’t saying about their strengths and resources (due to being preoccupied with their issue). For example: their values, qualities, gifts, proven loyalty to themselves over the years, past successes, competencies, skills, strengths in other settings, and mentors who believed in them and their capacity to succeed and thrive. Remember, people are addicted to their problems. They identify with them. So when you focus on the person behind the problem, it’s not about diagnosing and treating disabilities. It’s about how to live in the bigger story of personal growth and collective evolution and tap into the archetypal forces expressed through us. This approach implies that you are also on a psychospritual path of soul growth yourself.
Remember, people are addicted to their problems. They identify with them. So when you focus on the person behind the problem, it’s not about diagnosing and treating disabilities. It’s about how to live in the bigger story of personal growth and collective evolution and tap into the archetypal forces expressed through us. This approach implies that you are also on a psychospritual path of soul growth yourself.

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