Movie: Precious Content Requirements: This assignment allows students to integr


Movie: Precious
Content Requirements:
This assignment allows students to integrate information obtained by applying the ecosystems and strengths-based approaches to assessing a client and family system and gathering that information into a written biopsychosocial assessment.
Students will use the client’s background story and current situation/experiences in the film to complete the biopsychosocial assessment. Think of the film as information that the client is sharing with you- aspects of their family, experiences in their life, goals, feelings, etc.
Students will take the perspective of a social worker working with the client after the film has ended. That means that you are picking up where the movie leaves off at the end. If there is a social worker/therapist/counselor in the film, you will use this social worker/therapist as a referral source.
The events that transpired in the film and the relationships shown in the film must be included in the assessment. Students may need to exercise some creativity for certain parts of the biopsychosocial assessment (ex: the demographics section). Students will not “make up” information about their client that was not discussed in the film (ex: religious affiliation if none was mentioned).
Students will follow the outline below, and include the following information, for sections 1 and 2 of this assignment.
Section 1
Identifying information- Demographics (gender, ethnicity, age, location, contact information, work (or school), family, home/living situation. You can also discuss any prior interventions here (programs, services, etc.).
Reason for referral/route of referral – How was the client referred to the agency/social worker and why? Who referred them to you and why? It can be a previous social worker/therapist/teacher, etc., family member or friend, or can be self-referred.
Source of data – What is this report based on? When did you meet with the client? How long was your meeting? What occurred during that meeting? If reports are from elsewhere or a compilation of sources, include. For example, if you contacted the referral source for additional information, discuss that here.
Presenting problem
What does client say is the reason they are there? If referred by someone else, what would others say? Include history of problem, any prior attempts at solving problem, and the current nature of the problem.
Observations: physical appearance, hygiene/grooming, indication of organic problems, mood, or unusual habits. Communication style of client, non-verbal communication, how you and client relate. Emotional state of your client at time of your meetings
Family background (information about family of origin, parents, siblings)- This includes any historical information you’ve gathered about the family of origin and/or caregivers. Who were important members of the client’s family? What was it like for the client in their family of origin?
Current family situation/ family functioning and client’s significant others (significant relationships/household composition) Social networks: family and friends, coworkers, short- term or long-term, supporting or draining/conflictual. Who are currently the most important people in the client’s life? What relationships have been important to them recently?
Home environment: Conditions, hazards, supports, sources of stimulation, peace, conflict
Developmental history of client:
Early developmental history- childhood, adolescence (What do you know about their childhood?)
Significant adult developmental issues- education, relationships, parenthood, separations, losses
History of trauma- Details of any traumatic experiences including abuse, violence, substance abuse, traumatic losses etc.
Physical/behavioral
Physical functioning – health concerns, nutrition, home safety, illness, disabilities medication
Mental Status (Addresses each of the bullet points below)
Intellectual functioning – (school performance, education)
Appropriateness of behavior
Orientation to person/time/place
Memory
Sensorium
Mood and affect
Thought content
Insight
Judgment
Psychological and emotional patterns
Defense mechanisms (Links to an external site.): Is your client distancing themselves from unpleasant thoughts, feelings, or behaviors? Click on the link to read about defense mechanisms and identify if your client is using any of these. Discuss what you’ve observed.
Self-concept/self esteem
Struggles with mental health issues- Has the client been diagnosed previously? Remember, you are not diagnosing.
Strengths, ways of coping and problem-solving capacities
Coping Skills- How is your client coping with the following? What resources (internal and external) is your client using to cope?
with everyday life in the life cycle
with addiction or mental health problem
with physical disability
with grief
Strengths (individual and /or family if appropriate)
Problem solving capacities- Discuss the client’s ability to think through and work through problems.
Factors of diversity, intersectionality, oppression, and privilege
Factors of diversity: Discuss your client’s culture, race, ethnicity, gender, age, class, sexual orientation, religion/spirituality, differential physical or mental abilities, intergenerational factors, etc.
What specific experiences is your client having that are related to oppression and/or larger systemic issues? – This could be related to their race, age, ability, gender, mental health issues, substance use, etc.
What are the psychosocial effects of oppression on your client?
Note the client’s strengths, resources, and sources of personal power in responding to oppression and primary patterns of coping with membership in a marginalized group.
Recreation/leisure activities
Use of community resources and services
Other relevant information: Please only discuss what has not yet been covered in other parts of the assessment.
Independent Living and Self Care
Housing/Home Safety
Nutrition and Health Care
Education/Training
Employment/Job Performance
Income/ Money Management
Citizenship/Law
Attitudes toward role (as sibling, parent, student, etc.)
School Performance
Sexuality
Adjustments to disability
Section 2
Client Needs List
Based on the “client” you are assessing, create and prioritize a “client needs list”. Based on your assessment, (and of course, your “conversation” with the client), select 3 priorities of focus for your work together.
Social Worker’s Summary Assessment – A summary of your professional impression based on information you’ve gathered throughout the process. It is OK to identify priority needs or goals, but NOT TO SOLVE THEM.
(This section should include 3 paragraphs minimum)
A summary of everything important you’ve identified about this client and their situation.
Your professional, supported impression of what might benefit the client most
Your professional, supported impression of what the client’s barriers and or strengths are that will either help the client to accomplish these goals or that will need to be addressed to ensure that the client can accomplish what he/she hopes to, or is required to.
The biopsychosocial assessment must be written in the third person (ex: social worker and client, social worker and Mr. Hunting). Please do not refer to “I”, “me”, or “we” in your professional assessment.
The biopsychosocial assessment must be written in past tense as the events have already happened and you are typing up the document “after meeting with” your client.


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