Biopsychosocial Assessment

This week you will watch a draft video I created with my colleague Jennifer Barr, LCSW and begin to think about writing a Biopsychosocial Assessment. This video was used for a different project and is a draft in that we were developing and practicing our scenario and filming the draft for review before producing the full-length video. The purpose of the video is to observe the client, (not the worker), so you can begin to formulate ideas for a BPS. Please note that this is not representative of how a session should be conducted. Some of the questions are purposefully leading in order to develop the scenario. There are some areas that were edited, as well, where questions were intentionally repeated. At the end of the week I will post a sample BPS based on this interview.

Please review the template you will be using for this discussion, below (this is the same template you will use for the BPS Assignment), and individually address the following questions. As you address the questions below, keep in mind points made in the lecture regarding the challenge of hearing a client’s story, which is often told out of order, and then organizing this in a summary that flows, is accurate, succinct, and has a professional tone.

The client’s name is Leslie Smith and she is 45 years old. She married her husband Todd Smith at age 20.

  1. How do you determine what is relevant and irrelevant information to include in the BPS for Leslie?
  2. What information would you include in her presenting concerns without being repetitive in later sections?
  3. What information from the session would belong in the Psychosocial History section?
  4. How would you distinguish between the cognitive, affective, and behavioral domains in the current psychosocial functioning section? Give examples from the session of each domain.
  5. What are some of the environmental factors and social systems affecting Leslie?
  6. Identify at least two challenges, two resources and two strengths for Leslie.

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