COMPREHENSIVE PSYCHOSOCIAL ASSESSMENT: What and Why?
When we are facing changes in our lives, we need to have a clear idea of where we are and where we are going. How will those changes impact us and all aspects of our lives?
What are some of the changes we face? Marriage, Creating a Family through Adoption or Reproductive Technology, Separation, Divorce, Child Custody, Creating a Blended Family, Being Diagnosed with an Illness and then Facing that Illness and Treatment, Growing Older and having to consider new ways (and places) of living, Planning for the Future (Estate Planning, Long Term Care, etc.), Losing a Spouse or Loved One, Grieving that Loss---all of these life events present challenges and transitions.
It is not only the actual transition that needs to be considered; it is the entire process itself which will affect how well we manage transitions or not.
As you ‘take stock’ it makes sense to seek a professional to assist you in reviewing your situation, identifying and examining all relevant factors, and considering your options. Only then are you able to make informed and good decisions.
A professional clinical social worker has been trained to do just that and to make recommendations that meet your needs. The assessment may be a simple one where you and the social worker develop a treatment plan. An example might be in determining what you may need in regards to counselling when facing illness, coping with grief, etc. where the treatment plan is only between you and your counsellor.
A more complex assessment may be indicated when the changes you are facing involves others and even greater changes in your life.
Then, your social worker will meet with you and all the relevant others in your life who you want to be part of the process. He or she will, with your consent, consult with others such as your physicians, spouse, children, banker, lawyer to provide a comprehensive psychosocial assessment that recognizes your needs and the possible solutions that meet them. He or she will then work with you and those you trust to enable you to move forward and embrace change in a positive and constructive manner.
Betty Ann Streeter, Michaele-Sue Goldblatt & Patricia Fenton BIO We are registered social workers, each with a Master of Social Work degree and many years of experience. We serve individuals, couples and families as they face significant challenges and changes throughout their lives. In addition to our Toronto offices, we consult via videoconferencing which has proven effective in serving our clientele.