EVALUATION FORMS PURPOSE & SHORTCOMINGS Evaluation forms are nice crutches in some situations. Ina formal therapeutic situation where time is of the essense, forms can be given that will decrease the time that the therapist needs to begin gaining a feel about the new client’s situation. We have provided an excellent form on the next page that will take approximately 5 minutes to fill out. It is a nonthreatening "Getting to Know You Better" form, which can help lead into deeper discussions. The therapist could make a cup of tea for the client while the new client fills it out. Another way that forms might help is where a nonprofessional counsellor or friend is trying to get some better clues as to what the subject’s problems are. Another benefit of forms is that it desensitizes questions that otherwise might make the subject feel defensive, because the subject’s mind can see that the question is simply a standard question on a standard form, and not a personal attack. In dynamic counselling sessions, a good therapist will be sensing and asking questions in a dynamic manner that is responding to the cues and clues that the subject is providing. Obviously, the dynamic approach when done by an experienced person who knows what he is looking for is much quicker, much more appropriate, and better tailored for the victim’s situation. If you were interrogating a POW. which would be more effective to go by a list of questions in a book, or to ask questions in a dialogue between the interogator and P.O.W.? Likewise, an interview on television by Barbara Walters will be well thought out, but will still have an element of dynamic interaction. Likewise, there is no substitute fora live dialogue between a therapist and their new client. Ina dynamic evaluations, the entire procedure is a skill. However, there are several areas that will be probed.