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Diagnosis in Social Work - Chapter Summary
In this chapter, you can access video and text lessons that address assessment methods in social work and overviews of mental health disabilities and relevant terms. Lessons cover such topics as suicide prevention, substance abuse, intervention practices and needs assessments. Upon completion of this chapter, you should be able to:
- Explain the importance of assessments in the field of social work
- Relate detailed information about the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM)
- Provide examples of psychological and cognitive mental health disabilities
- Use basic medical terms to describe medical conditions and symptoms
- Define dual disorders, or dual diagnosis
- Understand the risk factors associated with clients who pose a danger to themselves or others
- Apply methods to determine the level of care required for each client
- Describe screening instruments used to assess emotional trauma
Brief but detailed lessons, presented by professionals in the field of social work and psychology, provide engaging ways you can review this material. At the end of each lesson, you can take a self-assessment quiz to determine what you have learned and if you will need to further study any topics discussed in these lessons. Track your progress through the chapter on your Dashboard and access lessons at any time, on any device.
1. What Is the DSM? - Definition & Characteristics
How do mental health workers keep track of the hundreds of mental disorders in existence? When looking up and diagnosing psychological disorders, they refer to the DSM, or the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.
2. Different Types of Mental Disabilities: Definitions & Examples
In this lesson, you will learn the definition of and differentiate between two types of mental disabilities: psychological disabilities and cognitive disabilities. Explore potential outcomes and examples, then test your knowledge with a quiz.
3. How Basic Medical Terms Describe Disease Signs, Symptoms & Syndromes
We will look at how we define signs, symptoms, and syndromes and how they are different from one another. There are some examples of each that will be covered in this lesson.
4. Co-occurring Disorders & Conditions in Substance Abusers
In this lesson, we'll talk about substance use disorder and the mental health disorders that often co-occur. We'll go over some of the most common ones as well as some explanations for why disorders co-occur.
5. Risk Factors for Being a Danger to Self & Others
Risk factors are a set of behavioral and social modifiers that can be reviewed to see if a patient may be a danger to themselves or others. This lesson reviews those factors and discusses long-term violence risk prevention plans.
6. Methods for Assessing Emotional Trauma
Sometimes we experience negative events in our lives that cause us to become emotionally challenged. All of these individuals need to be assessed for emotional trauma. We'll go over the specifics in this lesson.
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Other chapters within the ASWB Clinical Exam: Study Guide & Practice course
- Overview of Human Growth & Development
- Physical, Emotional & Intellectual Human Development
- Developmental Abnormalities
- Adulthood & Aging
- Human Behavior in the Environment
- Dysfunction, Abuse & Neglect
- Diversity & Discrimination
- Understanding Addictions
- Social Justice Goals in Social Work
- Information Gathering & Assessment for Social Workers
- Treatment Planning in Social Work
- Managing Therapeutic Relationships
- Interventions & Approaches in Social Work
- Case Management in Social Work
- Consultation & Collaboration in Social Work
- Professional Ethics & Values in Social Work