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Mark A. This article reviews trends in social work assessment that are likely to shape the future of clinical practice. In contrast to the rich contextual information provided by traditional psychosocial approaches to assessment, classification systems like DSM-III-R can lead to oversimplification and loss of information that is important to intervention planning. The movement toward the use of continuous, dimensional alternatives to categorical classifications will have a significant effect on clinical assessment and treatment monitoring.
The thought-provoking questions these essays raise, and the multifaceted and provocative answers they provide, cultivate sensitivity to the nuances of diagnostic assessment that often makes the difference between clinical success and failure. This transformative resource challenges social workers and mental health professionals to rethink their approaches to assessment and diagnosis from the ground up. Critical Thinking in Clinical Assessment and Diagnosis has much to offer professionals, researchers, and educators in the fields of social work and mental health. The authors demonstrate that the complex nature of clinical reality can emerge only through the give and take of critical thinking in the course of assessment. With this collection by many of the brightest and most articulate voices in social work, students and clinicians are invited to better understand and judiciously apply a wide range of theoretical and empirical lenses.
Skip to search form Skip to main content You are currently offline. Some features of the site may not work correctly. Corcoran and J. Corcoran , J. Walsh Published Psychology. This revolutionary, user-friendly textbook not only guides social workers in developing competence in the DSM system of diagnosis, it also assists them in staying attuned during client assessment to social work values and principles: a focus on client strengths, concern for the worth and dignity of individuals, appreciation of environmental influences on behavior, and commitment to evidence-informed practice. Save to Library.
A student who is having academic challenges may require a number of different interventions. Perhaps they lack the resources necessary to complete their schoolwork. Or maybe they are being unfairly disciplined. In these cases, a school social worker can step in to serve as an advocate for the student to make the necessary changes to their environment to improve their academic outcomes. But what if the problem relates to a mental or emotional condition? In these instances, a school social worker can still be a valuable asset to the student, but they may require clinical licensing to assess and treat the underlying conditions. Such challenges include trauma, family conflict, physical illness and difficult life situations such as unemployment or substance addiction.
Buy Ebook from VitalSource. Surveys common mental disorders that individuals may demonstrate over their lifespan, and teaches social workers how to diagnose them according to the DSM In Clinical Assessment and Diagnosis in Social Work Practice , seasoned practitioner-scholars Jacqueline Corcoran and Joseph Walsh provide an in-depth exploration of fourteen major mental disorders that social workers commonly see in practice, including anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. They skillfully integrate several perspectives in order to help practitioners meet the challenges they will face in client assessment, and present a risk and resilience framework that helps social workers understand environmental influences on the emergence of mental disorders and the strengths that clients already possess.
Social workers increasingly are seeking information about evidence-based practices. Numerous resources are emerging to help connect research to practice and provide information that can be helpful to practitioners. Since the term evidence-based practice EBP is used in numerous ways, definitions will be provided that can help expand social workers understanding of EBP. Since the identification of evidence-based practices involves assessing the available body of practice-relevant research, having a robust social work research base is important.
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