Our website is on the move! Please continue to enjoy the features found on this version, including the interactive cases and links to instructor resources. If you cannot find what you are looking for, or would like more information about the improved experience we are building, please message Tyler Bay ([email protected]).

Case Study Tools
  • View the town
  • Assessment Matrix
  • Family Genogram
  • Family Ecomap
  • Community Sociogram
  • My Values
  • Notebook

Phase 2: Assess the Client System

Assess the Brickville community and client family system using the bio-psycho-social perspective and tools that display community and family relationships, strengths, and issues to be resolved.
Brickville Main Image

An assessment is a multidimensional examination of the client system. Different system levels (e.g. family or community) and different theoretical perspectives call for different assessment strategies. Nevertheless, assessment in social work generally includes:

  • Assessment of the strengths and stressors that impact a system’s functioning.

    It is the strengths of a system that are used to improve system functioning.

  • Assessment of the environmental context.

    Understanding the relationships and resources of the system within its environment, including those that need to be developed, is necessary for developing an intervention plan. Assessment is an on-going and continually developing process.

  • Assessment includes development of a plan for change.

    Assessment is a shared process. Both the client system and the worker should be clear and in agreement on assessment methods, the system short-term and long-term goals, and the means of attainment.

  • Conduct a dual assessment

    A dual assessment involves examining clients’ goals as well as the policies and programs that either help them or create barriers for them. Each time you begin to assess a new client, you need to also assess the policies and programs that either help them to or hinder them from achieving their goals.

Mapping A Social Problem

Review and take notes on the phases of disasters and their effects on communities

My Assess Tasks

In the process of working with the community system, you find a family negatively impacted by the potential community changes. Develop an assessment of the family system using the family history and genogram. Also, examine the sample case summary and case contract forms to provide structure and agency records for your assessment.

Use the sociogram to better understand the family and community systems. Note the interaction and mutual influence of these systems.

Examine your own values. Note the value issues and conflicts resulting from your own background, community interactions, and values. How can you use the Code of Ethics as a guide in resolving these value conflicts?