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Assessing, Engaging, and Formulating

Sharon B. Berlin

in Clinical Social Work Practice

Published in print February 2002 | ISBN: 9780195110371
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199865680 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195110371.003.0007
 Assessing, Engaging, and Formulating

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This chapter provides guidelines and a range of tools for assessing clients' problematic meanings, their goals for change, the personal and social resources they might utilize to realize positive difference, and the progress they are making in achieving it. It explores processes for building a relationship of trust and connection with the client and for engaging him or her as an active agent in the change process. It also introduces and explains a framework for tentatively formulating problematic meanings and potential dimensions for change. This framework encompasses the nature of information currently available in the material and social environments, pre-existing memory patterns that sensitize one to particular cognitive, emotional, and behavioral responses, the operation of memory system feedback systems that may work to reactivate these responses continually, and feedback systems that convey information between the memory system and the environment that may similarly maintain old, non-productive meanings.

Keywords: assessment tools; assessment measures; worker-client relationship; trust and connection; case formulation; information; memory patterns; memory system; feedback systems; internal-external

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