Access and complete the “Multidimensional Assessment Case Study Worksheet” to analyze the significant biological and psychological factors you identify.
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This assignment is informed by the following EPAS Standard:
7: Assess Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
SWK-516 Multidimensional Assessment Case Study
Analyze all the case studies provided by charting the significant biological and psychological factors you identify in each one. Write down any information related to biophysical and psychological well-being in the relevant column.
- Cassandra Case Study
- Sharon Case Study
- Charles Case Study
- Carly Case Study
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Select one of the case studies you analyzed in the chart. Discuss how these factors might affect engagement, assessment, and intervention with the client by addressing the following prompts, citing two to four sources to support your claims:
- Explain how culture may influence these variables (75 words).
- Look at the “Biophysical” column. Explain what you think is the most significant biophysical issue or problem the client is dealing with. (75 words)
- Next, identify potential interventions that would most effectively address the biophysical issue or problem based on your knowledge and experience. (75-100 words)
- Continue doing the same analysis about the client in your selected case study, using the “Psychological” column. (75 words)
- Discuss identified problems or issues and related interventions within your selected case study. List potential environmental factors that may be affecting the client. How could these environmental factors be helping or harming the client? As the case manager, what is the most significant issue to be addressed first? What would be the most helpful intervention? Why? (150-200 words)
SWK-516 Topic 3
Multidimensional Assessment Case Studies
Use the following case studies to complete the assignment:
Jean Davis is a 19-year-old woman who is experiencing difficulties in college. She moved out of the dorm because she thought other students were out to ruin her life. Her former roommate said that Jean would stay up all night reading the Bible and laughing inappropriately. Jean claims that other students in the dorm were jealous of her because of her special powers. She will not tell anyone what these powers are; when asked, she just smiles strangely. Her mother recently learned that Jean stopped attending classes. Whenever the mother talks to her, Jean tells her that she needs to prepare because the end is near. Jean told the social worker that God speaks to her all the time, telling her that she needs to be prepared. But Jean says that she cannot tell anyone what she is preparing for. Her mother is frightened because this is not like the Jean she previously knew. She is concerned because Jean is not eating and is disturbing her neighbors, who have complained about hearing Jean pace the floor of her apartment throughout the night.
Cassandra is a 25-year-old transgender, heterosexual, Hispanic woman. Cassandra’s first memories of identifying as female go back to around age 5, when she started to insist on wearing her sister’s skirts and being called by female names. Cassandra’s mother was very supportive and understanding of her transgender identity, but Cassandra’s father was not supportive. Cassandra has vivid memories of physical and verbal abuse by her father related to her gender identity, and reports that she has never had a stable relationship in her life because of her challenges with trusting men. Cassandra reports that her mother worked out of town quite often and would leave her and her younger sister with their dad, who was volatile and unsupportive.
Cassandra grew up in Tennessee in a middle-class family. She reports that her family
emphasized independence and politeness towards others, and that she often felt pressure to engage in activities that would make her family look good. Cassandra reports experiencing a lot of aggression and hostility from people in her community as she was growing up. Cassandra reports that she has a lot of fear and anxiety, and often feels overwhelmed and unsafe in the world due to fear of violence and aggression from strangers. Cassandra went to undergrad in California where she was also in a 2-year relationship with a man who was emotionally and physically abusive throughout their relationship. Cassandra recently moved from California to
Phoenix to start graduate school and is seeking support due to feeling overwhelmed and unsafe in the new environment. She has struggled to find a doctor here who is trans affirming, and she has had to ration her hormone dose because she is running out and does not know where to go for support. She feels that the decrease in her hormones might also be impacting her mood, but she is not sure.
Sharon is a 19-year-old African-American woman struggling with trauma and
anger. Sharon has a 4-year-old daughter, Grace, who was recently molested by Sharon’s boyfriend. Sharon attempted to press charges but due to lack of evidence, the case is not proceeding at this time. Sharon’s family has become very protective of Sharon’s daughter and blames Sharon for everything that happened. They are also Sharon’s only support system and tend to be very controlling and verbally abusive towards her at times. Sharon and Grace currently live with Sharon’s parents after moving out of the boyfriend’s apartment due to these events. Sharon is not working at this time because she has sickle cell anemia and has recently been in and out of the hospital several times. Sharon reports that she is very depressed and struggles with self-care, and that she is not always good about taking her medications and attending follow-up appointments. Sharon is beginning to recognize that she is in a cycle of not caring for herself which leads to increased reliance on her parents who are financially supportive but not emotionally healthy. She wants to find ways to break this cycle and be more independent but doesn’t know where to start.
Charles is a 17-year-old Caucasian male who is experiencing depression and anxiety and reports a crisis of faith. Charles and his family have been living in Thailand for the past 10 years where they have been doing missionary work for an Evangelical Christian organization. Charles’ family has strong Christian faith and much of his family life centers around church-related activities. Charles and his family recently moved back to the states from Thailand in part, so Charles could finish his education in an American school and have some support applying for colleges. Charles has been in boarding school in Thailand for the past 10 years and reports that he is struggling to adjust to life and school here in the U.S. Charles reports that he feels like he is behind in school and doesn’t fit in with other kids. He feels isolated because he doesn’t know anyone his age and he is no longer interested in attending church. Charles reports that he has been questioning the faith for the past several years and feels that there are a lot of components of Christianity that he does not believe in anymore. He recognizes that this sets him apart from his family and makes him feel more isolated and alone, but he cannot reconcile his own knowledge and beliefs about the world with the beliefs of his family’s faith. He wants to find ways to develop more social supports and navigate the world without a faith community, though his parents want him to come back to church and fear for his eternal life if he does not.
Carly is a 22-year-old cisgender, heterosexual Caucasian woman. She reports that she has struggled with getting into romantic relationships since she was raped by her boyfriend 4 years ago and diagnosed with herpes from that incident. Carly reports that she wants to get into a committed romantic relationship that includes sexual activity, but she is struggling to know how to talk about what has happened to her and how to keep herself and her potential partners safe. She is using dating apps and dating a lot but is always afraid to let it go beyond the first few dates because she doesn’t know how to talk to her potential partners about her herpes diagnosis and about the assault that she experienced. Carly experiences a lot of shame, reporting that she “feels disgusting” because of what happened to her and is afraid of being judged and shamed by potential partners. She feels hopeless because she wants a committed
relationship and to one day start a family but she does not have any sense of how she will do that after this diagnosis.
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