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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Verbs Commonly Used to Document Interventions

I use this list all the time in my documentation for DMH notes, and thought some of you might find it helpful and useful. Hope it helps! 


Anyone have any similar lists you use? I'd love to see more ideas!


VERBS COMMONLY USED TO DOCUMENT INTERVENTIONS
Acknowledged attempts to...
Addressed ct's concerns...
Affirmed...
Asked about...
Assessed suicide potential...
Assessed for...
Assigned ct to keep a journal/homework...
Assisted ct in/with...
Built rapport by...
Clarified/Sought clarification...
Commended...
Contracted for...
Developed a contingency plan...
Discussed...
Directed/Redirected...
Established boundaries...
Elicited...
Encouraged...
Engaged in role play...
Examined benefits/consequences...
Explained...
Explored options...
Evaluated...
Facilitated...
Focused on...
Guided...
Helped ct develop...
Identified...
Inquired about...
Informed...
Investigated...
Led ct in practicing...
Modeled...
Normalized ct's feelings...
Praised...
Pointed out consequences...
Processed fears...
Provided feedback...
Reflected...
Refocused...
Reframed...
Reinforced...
Responded to...
Reviewed limits...
Recommended...
Set limits...
Validated ct's point...
Verbalized...
Used joining techniques to engage ct through play...

6 comments:

  1. very helpful list for new therapist trying to get a better command of therapy notes through a fleeting day!

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  3. I just found this list and it is awesome. it really helps when you have seen 6 clients in a row!

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  4. I found this after a quick Google search and now use it daily to write my notes. It is sometimes hard to find the right words, but this list makes it so much easier! Thank you!

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  5. Starting off as a new therapist, this list is very helpful. I had in mind that interventions had to come from research proven interventions to include motivational interviewing and/ or cognitive behavioral therapy etc.

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