DEVELOPING A SOCIAL WORK ASSESSMENT:
Social work assessment in mental health refers to the process of developing with the client a shared understanding of their situation and related problems and strengths.
Comprehensive assessment is biopsychosocial, addressing the physical, psychological and social aspects of the client and their situation.
It includes problems and strengths in social role functioning, in meeting financial and other basic needs, in family interactions, significant relationships and other social supports, and cultural factors.
Sources of information include the client, the client’s family and significant others, the assessments of other treating staff, and treatment records.
Assessment is both a product and a process.