Evidence Based Social Work Practice in Mental Health Essay

3774 Words Dec 29th, 2011 16 Pages
Social Work practitioners every day interact with individuals who are challenged by personal, societal, environmental barriers to life, and in amidst this face inequities and injustice as part of life (Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers, 2011). It is the role of the social worker to use their therapeutic and facilitation skills to assess the clients risk and then work with the appropriate interventions in order to help promote social change for the individual and their family.
Within social work practice a single definition for the term assessment is not clearly available given different perspectives and ideologies undergirding different social work disciplines (Crisp, Anderson, Orme, & Lister, 2005). The literature
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Alongside the need for empathetic facilitation skills there is a need for accuracy in administration in order that the notes taken are organised in a systematic way clearly readable and showing clarity (Coulshed & Orme, 1998).
A social worker when undertaking an assessment is encouraged to keep the process seemingly simple so as not to alarm the client and normally this needs to be undertaken in a setting that puts the client at ease as much as is possible. In order to be clear with the client, the social worker needs to layout the expectations of the assessment time i.e. length of time required, what is involved, possible outcomes, and the transparency of the process and issues of confidentiality. It is also important to clarify the amount of participation that is required from the different parties present so as to encourage participation. Above all trust must be established in order for the person to speak and to disclose their point of vulnerability with you as the social worker, who will be assessing their need. Throughout their time of speaking the social worker will be watching, observing listening for the cause of the problems, listening for the needs, strengths, disconnections with their worlds, and listening for the difference between facts and interpretations. The social worker may make use of tools such as ecomaps, genograms, culturagrams, life roadmaps, systems maps

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