This text takes a broad based approach to basic generalist practice methods that emphasize the common elements in working with individuals, families and groups. The goal of the book is to teach social work students how to enhance clients’ social functioning by helping them become more proficient in examining, understanding, and resolving clients’ social problems. The authors pay special attention to enhancing social justice by working with individuals and families who have been historically oppressed. This edition includes specific integrated coverage of the Council on Social Work Education’s (CSWE) latest Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS).Intended Audience This core text is designed for advanced undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in the introductory Direct Practice and Generalist Practice courses in BSW and MSW programs of social work.
Chapter 10: Assessing Individuals
Assessment is a perpetual work in progress.
This chapter presents issues that are germane to all assessment procedures as well as a framework for individual assessment. Assessment and intervention are both continuous processes, and successful intervention depends on a holistic assessment. Assessment processes are designed to help the worker and the client understand the client systems interaction with its environment. This, however, does not require a comprehensive understanding of all aspects of the client system and its environment. A worker does not have sufficient time for that nor is it desirable to understand everything there is to know about other human beings and their situations. Therefore, our approach to assessment will be bounded by both ideological and pragmatic considerations.
Purposes of Assessments