Assessment and Contract Planning. Chapter 7. LEARNING OBJECTIVES. Understand the appraisal in assessing client system needs and building a contractual relationship for intervention and service delivery Develop problem-solving skills to mobilize client system strengths and resource capabilities
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How confident are you in your ability to identify the main presenting problem of a prospective client?
Job stress, unemployment, depression, anxiety, relational difficulties, grief and loss, physical and mental illness and disability, substance abuse, homelessness, teen pregnancy, juvenile delinquency
Try the following problem self-assessment survey
‘A problem is anobstacle which makes itdifficult to achieve a desired goal, objective or purpose’
________________ has ___________________
(Who) (What Problem)
(With what level of need)
Need: Emergency housing for mother and two small children
Sample Assessment Statement:
Mrs. B. is a 27 year-old Latino woman with a problem of not being able to maintain housing for herself and her two small children. She was recently evicted for the third time. She has been unemployed since the birth of her first child 4 years ago, and has basically lived in an apartment financed by the father of her first child.
She has a conflicted relationship with this man and has never been married. At present, she has no contact with this man. She has off-on relationship with the father of her second child, who has provided for her and the children during the past year. He has alcohol problems and recently lost his job. Mrs. B and her children were evicted for lack of rent payment.
Mrs. B has completed her GED and has acquired basic office training skills. She is interested in finding work but has no means for childcare. She and her 2nd child’s father are interested in living together as a family but his alcohol difficulties have interfered in their relationship.
Mrs. B is highly motivated to secure stable housing for herself and her children but is uncertain how to deal with personal relationship she has with her 2nd child’s father……..
After the client's problems are identified, they are ranked in order of importance to the client.
This ranking is usually the basis for deciding in which order the target problems will be addressed.
Problem:Recent housing eviction
Lack of consistent housing
1. Emergency housing for mother and two small
2. Stability in living conditions
3. Employment and Income means for mother
4. Childcare means for young children
5. Relationship clarity with 2nd child’s father
6. Child’s father’s need for sobriety
7. Child’s father’s need for employment
The change potential for __________________
problem/need of ________________________
is assessed as _________________________
(high, somewhat high, medium, somewhat low, or low)
(reasons: nature of problem, motivation, capacity, resources and restraints in environment)
…the utility of assessing STRENGTHS
List some popular and common words used to describe
You want to improve _______?
You want to increase _______?
You want to decrease_______?
Provide direction and continuity for the work
Provide means for client and social worker to agree about outcomes to be achieved
Facilitate selection of intervention strategies
Facilitate monitoring progress
Serve as outcome criteria
Goal Attainment Scaling Scale
Kiresuk & Sherman, 1968
This is a practical scale and one that you
could adopt, in some form, in your
1. Most unfavorable
2. Less than expected
3. Expected level
4. More than expected
5. Most favorable
Translating prioritized goals into purposively designed and sequenced action tasks with specific time frames for completion
Create Structure in the Contract Plan:
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