An initial client meeting can be unpredictable and even a bit challenging. Perso
An initial client meeting can be unpredictable and even a bit challenging. Personalities may not mesh, nor is it always easy to engage in conversation. Social work assessments can help facilitate the initial encounter with a client. Imagine that you are meeting a new client for the first time. In your toolbox ready to use are the GIM, your interviewing skills, and the ability to express genuineness and empathy. What assessment will you use?
For this Assignment, you practice assessing an individual by conducting an interview with a friend or colleague in order to complete a psychosocial assessment. Recall that it is important to assess the individual within the context of her or his environment, which includes assessing all systems levels: micro, macro, and mezzo. You will also need to consider any cultural influences that might affect your assessment, and strengths and resources should be identified.
Note: If you are working in an agency or other professional setting, do not interview a client for this Assignment. Only interview a friend or colleague.
To Prepare: Choose an individual to interview in order to obtain the necessary information to write a
comprehensive psychosocial history.
Use the Psychosocial History document found in the Learning Resources to conduct the interview.
By Day 7
Submit a 6- to 10-page paper that includes the following:
Complete a biopsychosocial history of the person you interviewed by completing the Psychosocial History document.
Assess the challenges/needs and strengths of the client based on the completed Psychosocial History document.
Date of Birth
Emergency Contact/Relationship/Telephone Number
Who referred this individual for treatment? Was the informant a reliable historian?
Was information gleaned from previous treatment records, court documents, etc.?
Attitude/Appearance/Behavior Affect/Mood/Psychomotor Activity
Orientation/Memory/Cognition Thought Process/Content Speech
Insight/Judgment Homicidal/Suicidal Ideation Hallucination(s)/Delusion(s)
Client Self-Assessment of Problem(s)/Reason(s) for Seeking Treatment/Motivation Onset/Duration/Intensity/Frequency Precipitating Stressors/Stressful Events Symptoms (in Client’s/Informant’s Own Words)
HISTORY OF PSYCHIATRIC ILLNESS AND PREVIOUS TREATMENT
Previous Diagnoses/Medications/Inpatient and Outpatient Treatment History of Suicidal Ideation/Suicide Attempts/Self-Mutilation/Homicidal Ideation/Aggression
Pregnancy and Labor Developmental Milestone(s)
B. EARLY CHILDHOOD
Family of Origin—Parents/Siblings/Extended Family, as Relevant
Geographic/Cultural/Spiritual Factors/as Relevant
Physical/Emotional/Sexual Abuse History
C. SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT
Cultural/Peer Group/Environment School
D. EDUCATIONAL HISTORY
Public or Private School(s) Where Attended
E. MILITARY HISTORY What Branch
Duty Assignment (when/where) Rank/Discharge
Age of Involvement in Relationships
Length of Relationships
Child Custody Disputes
Involvement in Lawsuits
History of Court Ordered Treatment Guardian/Power of Attorney Probation/Parole
Is Treatment a condition of legal involvement?
Is Treatment to be a part of current or contemplated lawsuit?
Disability Claim or Divorce Proceeding?
SUBSTANCE ABUSE HISTORY
Type/Onset/Duration/Amount Frequency/Pattern of Use Involvement in Treatment
MEDICAL HISTORY/HEALTH STATUS
History of Traumatic Injuries/Illnesses/Chronic Health Problems
Describe Current Illness
Is Client in Good General Health?
Is Client Allergic to Any Medications? Who Is Client’s Primary Care Physician?
Is the Client Being Treated by Any Other Physician(s)?
What Are the Client’s Current Psychiatric and Nonpsychiatric Medications?
Describe Client’s Health Habits: Appetite, Sleep, Exercise, Nicotine, Alcohol, Illicit Drugs, and Vitamins/Herbal Supplements?
Sexual Functioning: Preference/Problems
Risk Behaviors for STDs
Dependents/Care for Dependents Employment/Disability/Seeking Disability Income/Source of Income
Insurance Transportation Daily Living Skills
Available Social Support
RISK OF DANGER TO OTHER PEOPLE
OTHER SIGNIFICANT FACTORS
this is the book and the two chapters i have to read and get references
Kirst-Ashman, K. K., & Hull, Jr. G. H. (2018). Understanding generalist practice (8th ed.). Stamford, CT: Cengage Learning.
Chapter 9, “Understanding Families: Family Assessment” (pp. 359–379)
Chapter 10, “Working with Families” (pp. 384–414)