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Helping College Students Succeed by Glenn Hirsch

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CHAPTER

Can We Talk? The Holistic Assessment Interview

It is hard to find the answer if one does not know the question.

—Sarek (Spock’s father)

For a good listener, it is said, a single word will suffice. …

—Laura Esquivel

The structure of the model presented in Chapter 2 rests on the foundation of solid assessment. A complete assessment of a student’s academic concerns requires an in-depth approach, going beyond the initial presenting concern to other issues the student may bring up or may discuss only after the professional takes the initiative to explore them. In some cases developing an intervention without thoroughly assessing all of the student’s concerns would be like attempting to build a house on quicksand. The unsupported foundation ...

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