A critical part of social work practice is to effectively communicate client information in a nonjudgmental and balanced way.
Components to be included in the Psychosocial Assessment (10 pages): Part I I. Agency context a. Describe briefly the purpose and mission of the agency b. What types of services are provided c. What is the primary client population served by the agency II. Referral Information a. How did the client(s) come to be at this agency? b. Is the client self-referred, involuntary, or some of each? What does the client say about being there? c. What is the purpose of the referral? III. Client information (brief introduction) a. Identifying information including: age, gender identity, marital and/or partner status, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, social class, income source(s), children, health status, spiritual affiliation. b. Provide a brief physical description. IV. Client issue and brief history of the issue a. What is the primary issue that brought the client to the agency? b. How does the client view her/his concerns/issues? How do other people, i.e. family friends, agency, you or any other relevant individuals view the concerns/issues? c. When did these concerns/issues begin? d. How has the client dealt with these concerns/issues in the past? e. What would the client most want help with? 14 V. Client data i. Developmental history (Relevant childhood and family or origin information) ii. Medical history (medical concerns – past or present) iii. Mental health history (past history and other relevant issues, incl. substance use) iv. Educational history (i.e. level of education, significant info about schooling) v. Social history (i.e. friendships, social connections, partnership histories) vi. Employment history (past and present) vii. Military history (note if served or not and if so, any significant related information) viii. Legal history (i.e. arrests, incarceration history) ix. Family information: 1. life cycle stage 2. vertical and horizontal stressors 3. Include a genogram x. Environmental context: 1. Ecomap 2. Environmental assets/stressors (i.e. neighborhood, housing, class status, access to services, membership in privileged or marginalized groups) xi. Strengths/resilience/protective factors xii. Unique qualities 1. Culture and diversity identity