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COMPETENCY #7

By: Shtika Moody

3/15/2017

SWK 4910 Field Seminar

ASSESS INDIVIDUALS, FAMILIES, GROUPS, ORGANIZATIONS, AND COMMUNITIES

7.1Collect and organize data, and apply critical thinking to interpret information from clients and constituencies.

Data is collected by patients at Adult Protective Services through intakes, investigations, and evaluations

This information allows us to determine during home visits and hospital visits if the client is doing better after receiving services offered by DSS.

Several stakeholders are involved in the process of collecting the data

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7.2 Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment, person-in- environment, and other multidisciplinary theoretical frameworks in interventions with clients and constituencies.

Interventions used for clients are based on their cultural beliefs as well as income. Individuals with higher incomes are able to afford more services outside of what DSS can provide for them through medical insurance or at a lower rate.

Depending on a clients social support, an intervention can be in place to ensure they attend support groups so they do not feel like they are alone.

Some clients work better with one on one counseling sessions rather than support groups based on their age and physical capabilities.

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7.3 Develop mutually agreed-on intervention goals and objectives based on the critical assessment of strengths, needs, and challenges within clients and constituencies.

Clients work with social workers to form goals during the evaluation and assessment processes. Certain needs that are found among APS clients include social support as well as affordable resources such as housing in group facilities.

Challenges of some clients include being away from their family and/or not having their family members visit them when they are in home facilities.

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7.4 Select appropriate intervention strategies based on the assessment, research knowledge, and values and preferences of clients and constituencies.

Cognitive behavior therapy is an intervention that works well for APS clients that are depressed

Mindfulness based therapy has also been found to help APS clients with the transition of not being fully independent