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Phase 2: Assess the Client System

Assess the town of Riverton using a variety of social work techniques such as the community sociogram, Biopsychosocial Perspectives, and considering your values.

An assessment is a multidimensional examination of the client system. Different problems and different theoretical perspectives call for different assessment strategies. However, it is safe to say that during the assessment phase a generalist social worker should:

  • Assess the strengths that a system possesses as well as the problems.

    It is the strengths that are ultimately called into play to remove barriers to achieving the goal.

  • Assess the environmental context.

    The formal and informal resources of the family, the community, and the state. Leave room for modification. Situations change, and things happen. Assessments should be equally fluid.

  • Strive for transparency.

    Both the client system and the worker should be “on the same page” when it comes to the purpose of the social work encounter, the system goals, and the means of attainment.

  • Develop a plan for changing that which requires changing.

    In the form of specific short-and long-term goals—or, in the case of work with involuntary clients, achieving the foreordained goal.

My Assess Tasks

Look at the graphic of causes and consequences of addiction. As a social worker, you need to understand the relationship between various micro-, mezzo-, and macrolevel conditions to the maintenance of drinking behavior, and its potential consequences. Which factors in this model are most salient for the Riverton case?

Visit the BioPsychoSocial Perspectives tool. It will open to reveal a series of questions intended to both provide you with the knowledge required to work this case, but also to drive home an important point, namely that the problems we deal with are both multisystem and multidimensional. If they were simple, we would not need social workers! Answer the questions, and then write down in your notes the ways in which they specifically inform the Riverton case.

Take the Values Inventory. To be an effective social worker, you will need to be able to follow our core principal values and our Code of Ethics. This inventory will help you get at issues that are often difficult for social workers.

Mapping The Case

Review and take notes on the ecological model of drinking behavior