This is the third post in a series that highlights standardized formats for your clinical notes. The series began here.
A second format for documenting your clinical work is called DA(R)P notes, sometimes referred to as DAP notes. These are similar to clinical SOAP notes.
DA(R)P is a mnemonic that stands for Data, Assessment (and Response), and Plan.
Data, in this format, includes both subective and objective data about the client as well as the therapist’s observations and all content and process notes from the session.
The Assessment and Response includes your clinical impressions, hunches, hypotheses, and rationale for your professional judgment. Progress is also noted here.
Plan refers to your original treatment plan and any response / revisions needed based on your most recent interactions with your client.
This method of clinical note taking is also an acceptable format for your documentation.
Tomorrow I’ll talk to you about BASIC SID notes.