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Bland, R 2007 , 'Specialised assessment skills - social assessment', in G Meadows and B Singh and M Grigg (eds.), Mental health in Australia: cllaborative community practice, 2nd Ed. , Oxford University Press, South Melbourne, Victoria, pp. 336-338.

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Social work assessment in mental health refers to the process of developing with the client a shared understanding of both problems and strengths in the individual and his or her social context. Comprehensive assessment is biopsychosocial, addressing the the physical, psychological, and social aspects of problems and strengths. It includes problems and strengths in social role functioning, environmental issues, such as financial and other basic needs, problems and strengths in the family, significant relationships and other social supports, and cultural factors. Assessment is both a product and a process. Much of the social work assessment will be common to all disciplines, but there are a number of specific emphases that social work brings to asseement.

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Authors/Creators:Bland, R
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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