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Case Study Tools
  • Explore the town
  • Interaction Matrix
  • Mapping The Case
  • Ecomap
  • Perspective
  • My Values
  • Notebook

Phase 2: Assess the Client System

Assess the Washburn case using social work knowledge, skills, and values.

In the Assess phase, the social worker's goals are:

  • Assess the strengths that a person 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 of the client:

    Research the environmental context of the client, the formal and informal resources for the family, community, and state. Leave room for modification. Situations change, and things happen. So assessments should be fluid.

  • Strive for transparency.

    Both the client and the worker should be “on the same page” when it comes to the purpose of the social work encounter, the goals that the client wants to work towards, and the methods for getting there.

  • Develop a plan for changing that which the social worker and client system agree needs changing

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

My Assess Tasks

Begin your assessment by opening the mapping the social problem tool and studying the relationship between crime and unemployment. This graphic provides information that is consistent with what is happening in Plainville. Knowing of this relationship might inform your interventions. Write down any ideas you might have for reducing crime in the community in your notebook.

Open the biopsychosocial perspectives tool. Note that the case is informed through each "lens." Answer the questions, using both the information in the case, as well as what you have learned in your theory classes. This will help you immensely in understanding not only this case, but how the contribution of this perspective can help you in your future practice.

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 athat are often difficult for social workers.

Mapping the Social Problem

Review and make note of the relationship between crime and unemployment.