6. What if the person I am interviewing appears to lack insight?

Answer: Judging someone’s level of insight is often challenging. Try to complete the COPM and take what the client has told you at face value. Doing the COPM with others in the client’s environment will help to clarify the issues and perhaps validate the results. Be careful not to pre-judge someone’s level of insight. Try to do the COPM anyway even if you are doubtful about the client’s insight. Therapists have frequently been surprised by client’s ability to identify issues for therapy intervention.

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