Picture Card Sort Interview (PiCSI)©: The New Client-Centered Assessment for Young Adults
When clients come in for an OT evaluation session, they generally expect to exhibit their limitations and hear about what they need to improve. Being assessed can be stressful and disheartening. The PiCSI© provides a whole new assessment experience, one that is absolutely client-centered and adds unique and critical information to the OT evaluation.
Pictures open up imagination in ways that words alone simply can’t, and allow clients to communicate nonverbally. This pack of 50 full-color photo cards will help older teen and adult clients to reflect on and begin to communicate their hearts’ desires for full and interesting occupational lives.
The focus of the interview is on “What do you want and not want in your life.” It provides a unique exchange for many clients, because their hopes, goals and preferences are the only focus. They leave the session feeling hopeful and listened to, and you have a rich understanding of each client’s likes, dislikes, and sources of motivation.
The PiCSI will rapidly initiate a therapeutic alliance and communicate a respectful regard of the client as the ultimate driver of the OT process. Administration is enjoyable, and usually takes less than 45 minutes.