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1 Chapter 10 Assessment Assessing Resource Capabilities

2 Exploring Resource Systems through Assessment Recognizing environmental resources Turning challenging situations into resources Collaborating to search for resources © 2013 Pearson Education, Inc. All rights reserved.

3 Applying Theoretical Frameworks Identify the focal system Explore –What happens inside this system? –What happens outside this system? –How do the inside and the outside connect? –What happens as the system progresses through time? © 2013 Pearson Education, Inc. All rights reserved.

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8 Applying Ecosystemic Questions Structural elements Interactions Psychosocial dimensions Cultural influences Physical environments © 2013 Pearson Education, Inc. All rights reserved.

9 Assessing Structures Considers: –Configuration of systems and their environments Asks: –Who has the power? –What connections are working? –What connections are missing? © 2013 Pearson Education, Inc. All rights reserved.

10 Interactional Assessment Considers: –How people and their environments relate and evolve Asks: –Is this the way things should be? –What have we got to lose? © 2013 Pearson Education, Inc. All rights reserved.

11 Thinking and Feeling Considers: –System's cognitive and affective components Asks: –What do you think? –How does it feel? © 2013 Pearson Education, Inc. All rights reserved.

12 Cultural Assessment Considers how cultural: Identity influences interactions with larger systems Elements contribute to diversity in a social system Asks: –What about the big picture? –How does the system fit together? © 2013 Pearson Education, Inc. All rights reserved.

13 Assessment of Spiritual Dimensions Considers: –Influence of spiritual beliefs on thoughts and actions –How spirituality supports assists clients in coping Asks: –What does it all mean? © 2013 Pearson Education, Inc. All rights reserved.

14 Assessment of Physical Environments Considers: –Aspects of physical environments that enhance or restrain client functioning –Examines home, work, school, and neighborhood environments Asks: –Have you looked around this place? © 2013 Pearson Education, Inc. All rights reserved.

15 Assessment Tools: Examples Social histories Genograms and eco-maps Culturally sensitive assessment Social network maps; group assessment Organizational assessment Neighborhood & Community Assessment Tools as Resources for Empowerment © 2013 Pearson Education, Inc. All rights reserved.

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21 Adding Viewpoints Contributes alternative views from various sources –Significant others –Professional helpers Contacting other professionals requires informed consent © 2013 Pearson Education, Inc. All rights reserved.

22 Assessing Through Observation Objectify and update assessment information –Maintain a strengths orientation Sources of observations –Clients –Others in clients’ lives –Workers © 2013 Pearson Education, Inc. All rights reserved.

23 Recordkeeping Keeps track of contacts, activities, and plans Organizes relevant information Arranges priorities Ensures continuity © 2013 Pearson Education, Inc. All rights reserved.

24 Recording Formats Note taking Activity logs Process recording Summary recording © 2013 Pearson Education, Inc. All rights reserved.

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28 Ethical and Legal Issues in Record Keeping Electronic record keeping requires: –Safeguards for security to preserve confidentiality HIPPA regulations NASW Code of Ethics –Clients should have reasonable access to their records. © 2013 Pearson Education, Inc. All rights reserved.


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