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Information Gathering & Assessment for Social Workers - Chapter Summary
Compiling and assessing information is a major part of a social worker's job. Ensure you understand the processes involved in information gathering and assessment by reviewing this chapter's short lessons. Topics covered include behavioral interviewing, collaterals as information, standardized assessment instruments and assessing communication skills. By the end of this chapter, you will be able to:
- Define naturalistic observation in psychology
- Explain how to assess a client's strengths, weaknesses, motivation and resistance
- Describe the relationship between mental health and psychopathology
- Outline the biopsychosocial and psychodynamic models of assessment
- Share the purpose and process of clinical interviews
- Identify ways to obtain a client's history
- Discuss the components of a mental status examination
- Give examples of active listening
The video and text lessons in this chapter are accessible anytime, day or night, and can be navigated in any sequence you desire. Once you've reviewed the lessons, if you have questions about topics covered, don't hesitate to submit them to our experts. The multiple-choice quiz with each lesson can assess your comprehension of information gathering and assessment for social workers. A chapter exam is also available to assess and strengthen your knowledge.
1. What Is Active Listening? - Techniques, Definition & Examples
Have you ever felt that you had been heard but not understood? If so, chances are that the person you were talking with was not actively listening.This lesson defines active listening and provides specific techniques that can be used.
2. Mental Status Examination: Components & Function
How is a client first assessed to create a baseline for further assessment? This lesson looks at the mental status examination, discusses what it is, what elements make up the exam and how it is used.
3. Obtaining a Client's History in Social Work
In this lesson, you will learn how social workers gain information about a client's history, including the client's physical and mental health issues and significant life events, as well as how social workers can use a client's history in providing therapy.
4. Behavioral Interviewing: Methodology & Techniques
We will explore the various types of questions used in behavioral interviewing and the best way to answer them. After reading this, you will be prepared to conduct or participate in a behavioral health interview.
5. Naturalistic Observation in Psychology: Definition & Examples
Many different research methodologies are used in psychology. So many approaches exist because psychologists are interested in a wide range of topics. The least invasive of these methods is called naturalistic observation.
6. Mental Health & Psychopathology: Definition & Dimensions
In this lesson, we will explore some of the basic ways that we differentiate between mental health and psychopathology. Included in this is looking at social, behavioral, thought, and emotional processes.
7. What is the Biopsychosocial Model? - Definition & Example
The biopsychosocial model is a tool that psychologists use to examine how psychological disorders develop. This lesson will provide a definition of this model and provide specific examples to illustrate how it can be used.
8. Assessing the Psychodynamic Model: Strengths and Weaknesses
When people think about psychology, many immediately think of Sigmund Freud. But, how good were his ideas? In this lesson, we'll look at the psychodynamic model of psychology and its strengths and weaknesses.
9. Clinical Interviews in Psychological Assessment: Purpose, Process, & Limitations
Psychologists are not mind-readers. Like medical doctors, psychologists have to assess their patients to find out what's wrong. In this lesson, we'll examine the most commonly used psychological assessment: the clinical interview.
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